In the midst of wedding celebrations and new grandchildren, Dad received the tragic news in February (1971) that his brother, Victor, had died in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He decided not to fly back for the funeral saying that it was too late to see his brother alive. He also wanted to help Victor’s wife, Lucille, by sending financial assistance rather than spending money on the trip back to South Dakota. Over the years he continued to stand behind Lucille and her children, Dan, Colleen, Patrick, and Tim.


Victor Collins 1916-1971




The Good Lord soon brought Barbara LaPlante and me together

 for a second wedding celebration for the Collins family.




The August 7, 1971 wedding was soon followed by the birth of another beautiful Shannon girl,

Erin (September 23, 1971). Barbara and I were the proud godparents.



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