Francis Xavier Collins

August 22, 1934 - January 30, 2021

Francis Xavier Collins passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 30, 2021. Francis was born August 22, 1934 in Worcester, MA. He attended Clark University and served during the Korean Conflict, stateside.

A talented artist with a sharp business mind, Frank made a name for himself as an advertising executive and manager for newspapers in Worcester and Boston. He later started his own advertising and consulting agency for new England automotive dealerships and banks.

He was the patriarch of the family import business owning numerous retail stores on Cape Cod. In 1981, the family moved to Fort Myers, FL, and founded Collins Basket Imports.

A devoted volunteer, he logged in over 1,500 hours of service at Cape Coral Hospital.

Frank was a parishioner and served as a greeter at St. Katherine Drexel Church for 20 years. He attained the rank of a 4th Degree Knight in The Knights of Columbus, and was a member in The Color Corps.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Catherine (Dillon) Collins; brother, George Collins; as well as son, Paul Jude Collins.

He is survived by the love of his life, wife, Carole; son, David Collins (Christin); daughter, KellieMarie Roch (Peter); as well as his beloved grandchildren, Brendan, Meghan, and Nicky.

A Memorial Mass will be held 11:00 am Saturday, February 13, 2021 at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 1922 SW 20th Ave., Cape Coral, FL 33991.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Francis Xavier Collins are suggested to Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Sister Ann Meehan, 245 Quiet Waters Dr., Belle Glade, FL 33430.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Eleanor Valliere Feb 3, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Condolences on the passing of your husband and father. He was truly an amazing person. I wish I had been able to meet and talk with him.

  2. Lora McCann Feb 3, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about Frank. He was always fun to be with. We know he’s in a better place now and is pain free. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord.

    Lora McCann and Brian Trinkle

  3. Nancy McGovern Feb 4, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    It was a delight to have met Frank. I especially enjoyed our conversations about British programs, both liking mystery stories.
    What a nice man who showed joy spending time with his family.

  4. AnnMarie Feb 5, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Dear Frank,
    You are heavens gain❤️ And our loss💔 I feel very blessed to have called you friend💗 May our Lord grant you eternal rest🙏

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