Timothy Allen Collins, 67, died peacefully in his home in Warren on Dec. 6, 2009, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends as he moved on to the land of eternal peace.

Tim was born in Burkettville on Sept. 20, 1942, the son of Robert A. Collins Sr. and Marie Fitzgerald Wendland. Surviving open heart surgery at age 4 at The Children’s Hospital in Boston, it was known from an early age that Tim would be a fighter. A graduate of Appleton High School, he was a proud member of the Appleton Alumni Association. Following high school, he moved to Long Island, N.Y., where he became a certified nursing assistant and was employed at Kings Park Hospital for more than 25 years. In 1991 he moved back to Maine and worked for Irving Oil Corp. until 2005 when he retired. Tim enjoyed riding his lawn tractor, spending time with family, and listening to old Elvis records. In 2007 Tim was diagnosed with cancer and faced many challenges throughout his illness. The last months of his life were filled with family, friends and many unforgettable smiles.

Tim was predeceased by his parents.

He is survived by his stepmother, Ramona Collins of Camden; two daughters, Rhona Collins of Warren and Lorrie Snowdeal of Waldoboro; three half-sisters, Patty Vinal and her husband, David, of Warren, Sandra Clement of Union and Cheryl Cash and her husband, Jeff, of Owls Head; three half-brothers, Robert A. Collins Jr. and his wife, Alice, Charles Collins and James Collins and his wife, Lisa, all of Rockland; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; an uncle, Norman Collins of Union; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held Friday, Dec. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St. in Camden. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Dec. 12 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Pioneer Grange in East Union.

Memorial donations may be made to the Collins Family Reunion Scholarship Fund, c/o Sandra Collins Clement, P.O. Box 161, Glen Cove, ME 04846; or the Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice House, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841.