Benjamin P. Collins1

M, (18 October 1915 - 26 February 1996)
     Benjamin P. Collins was born on 18 October 1915 at Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts.1,2 He married Rose Margaret Haigis, daughter of John William Haigis and Rose Grace Luippold, circa 1940.1 Benjamin P. Collins died on 26 February 1996 at Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, at age 80 years, 4 months and 8 days.1,2
     He became a widower at the age of 76 with the death of Rose on 25 April 1992.1,3 His obituary was published on 28 February 1996 in the Union-News, printed in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts. His obituary stated:

     Benjamin P. Collins, 80, of 45c Highland Village, a retired Boston & Maine Railroad employee, died Monday at Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. Born in Lynn, he was a graduate of Greenfield High School, and attended Norwich, Vt., University. He lived in this area for 12 years. His wife, the former Rose M. Haigis, predeceased him. He leaves two sons, John H. of Spotsylvania, Va., and Benjamin P. Jr. of Buckland; a daughter, Sandra Simmons of Naperville, Ill; a sister, Barbara "Betty" E. Hoyt of Shelburne Falls; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. There are no services, and Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home is in charge. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ambulance Association, Williams Street, Shelburne Falls, Mass., 01370.1

Children of Benjamin P. Collins and Rose Margaret Haigis

Last Edited=18 Mar 2010


  1. [S1771] "Benjamin P. Collins obituary," Union-News (Springfield, Massachusetts), 28 February 1996, p. A9; NewsBank subscription database (, America's Obituaries & Death Notices by NewsBank, Record No. MERLIN_362548. Accessed 22 October 2008.
  2. [S1770] Social Security Death Index, RootsWeb online, at <> (Baltimore, Maryland: U.S. Social Security Administration, 7 October 2008 update). The SSDI component of RootsWeb online is drawn from the Social Security Death Benefits Index of the U.S. Social Security Administration. BENJAMIN COLLINS, birth listed as 18 Oct 1915, died listed as 26 Feb 1996, issued in the State of Long-time or retired railroad workers. Last residence (not specified), last benefit (none specified). Accessed 23 Oct 2008.
  3. [S1772] "Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003," database, ( : accessed 23 October 2008), entry for Rose M. Collins, 25 April 1992; citing Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Health Services, Boston, MA, USA; certificate no. 025097.