Benjamin Collins, Jr.
05/01/1941 - 03/14/2017
Viewing InformationA viewing will be held, Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Street.
Service InformationWATCH FUNERAL LIVE ONLINE..A funeral service will be held, 11am, Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Chapel
7246 Granby Street Norfolk VA
Interment InformationAlbert G. Horton Veteran Cemetery
5310 Milners Road Suffolk VA
Benjamin Collins was born in Salisbury Maryland on May 1, 1941. He was the son of the late Ulysses Collins and Elizabeth Duffy also of Salisbury Maryland. Early on in Benjamin’s life, Ulysses saw that Benjamin had unique talent for making things work. He wanted to make certain to educate Benjamin so that he would be able to enhance and use his talents. That is when Ulysses ask Benjamin’s mother Elizabeth could he move with him to Bridgeport, Connecticut and she was sadden but did agree to the arrangement as she was a working mother with limited time. Benjamin grew up in Bridgeport with his father, late Ulysses Collins, Mr. Collins went on to wed the late Emma Mae Smith Collins and of that union they had three daughters, Sherri Collins Williams of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Karen Collins and Lynne Collins all of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Benjamin went on to Bassick High School and graduated in June of 1958. He decided that when he was unable to find employment that he would enlist in the United State Air Force and did so in May of 1960. Benjamin decided to follow out his dream to become mechanic for the military and learn to build helicopters and ship parts. He was stationed in Greensville, South Carolina where he met the late Essie Mae Lynch, and they had two children, Bennie and Rhee Collins Pettaway and Ulysses Collins known as Jimmy. He wanted his children raised up with the same values and morals that was instilled in as a child. Benjamin took them to Bridgeport, Connecticut to his aunt, late Edna Mae Collins Hearst, she and Benjamin raise the two children together thru the precious visits and phone calls. In April of 1965, Benjamin decided to discharge from the Air Force, where then he moved to Hampton, VA and then to Norfolk, VA where he joined the elite Police Department in 1970-1974. He later went on the Richmond Navy Ship Yard and become a Mechanical Engineer, building ships for the United States Navy Yard that later led to a supervisor position. Benjamin decided that this would be a place of his labor until he retired in 2003 after over 30 odd years of service. Benjamin retirement years was spent with his favorite cousin Leroy Collins, Jr. and his wife, Linda both of Atlanta, Georgia; sisters, Sherri, Karen and Lynne Collins of Bridgeport, Connecticut; daughter, Bennie Pettway of Philadelphia and son, Ulysses also of Philadelphia. On November 11, 2011, Benjamin was diagnosed with a rapid form of dementia and could no longer live alone so he and Little Bennie as they call her decided that he would move to Philadelphia with her, his son and grandchildren. His health deteriorated rapidly, a short bout with pneumonia the sun set for him on March 14, 2017. He was predeceased by his bother, Mr. John Duffy of Norfolk, VA. Benjamin leaves to cherish his children, Bennie and Jimmy; grandchildren, John, Gordon, Roshani, Chevowne and Keenan; great grandchildren, Saniya, Kimani, TJ and Anesia all of Philadelphia, Ascia, Eli, Nymia, Niema, Anna, John, Tailor all of Connecticut, Cynthia and Olivia if New York; sisters, Sherri, Karen and Lynne of Bridgeport, Connecticut; favorite cousins, Leroy and Linda Collins of Atlanta; special friends, Shelton Brown, Earlene Purvis, Mr. Russell, Percy Peel, Al Powell all of Norfolk, VA, Dante Moore, Richard Cason, Patricia Williams, Glorious Shavers, Nancy Coleman all of Philadelphia, PA and a host of relatives and friends.
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