Boston, MA/ Corning, NY, William Thomas (“Tom”) Collins, Jr., age 48, passed away on Tuesday April 11, 2017 at the Elizabeth Evarts de Rham Hospice Home in Cambridge, MA after a courageous 5½ year battle with cancer. Tom was born on July 7, 1968 to Rosemary Collins Mullaney and the late William T. Collins, Sr. He married Gina M. Giamei on October 6, 1995.
Tom graduated from Corning-Painted Post East High (‘86) and earned his bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Lesley University. Tom and Gina lived in Kyoto, Japan, for eight years and taught at ECC Foreign Language Institute. After repatriating to Boston, he worked in sales and customer service at Forced Exposure Records. For the last seven years, Tom worked at the Center for English Language & Orientation Programs at Boston University, and he was the Senior Admissions Coordinator.
Tom will be remembered for his wry and wily smile; quick, incisive wit; eclectic love in music; taste for craft beer; delight in furry friends; and being a sweet, warmhearted uncle.
In addition to his wife and mother, Tom is survived by his step-father, Stephen Mullaney, Sr. of Big Flats, NY; brother Richard (Ann) Collins; niece Bridget Collins and nephews Aidan Collins and Cian Collins of Painted Post, NY; step brothers, Stephen (Cindy) Mullaney, Jr. of Savona, NY; Butch (Laura) Mullaney of Houston, TX; Vincent Mullaney of Corning, NY; Aaron (Teeya) Mullaney of Addison, NY.
There will be no formal service. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Lehman, Reen & McNamara Funeral Home at 63 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton, MA and on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Haughey Funeral Home at 216 E. First St., Corning, NY.
In lieu of flowers, people may make donations to the following organizations:
During the last month of Tom’s life, he received excellent holistic care at the Elizabeth Evarts de Rham Hospice Home. The doctors, nurses, aides, and volunteers there are truly amazing!
VNA Care (Elizabeth Evarts de Rham Hospice Home)
Tom and Gina went to weekly Facing Cancer Together support groups. Gina was in the support group for caregivers for more than five years.
Facing Cancer Together
For years, Tom was a volunteer at the MSPCA in Boston. He used to get up at 5 AM on Saturdays to clean litter boxes and care for the animals (mainly cats). In the late afternoon, he would come home with loads of photos and spend the rest of the day telling Gina about his furry friends. He truly loved animals.