Don Collins — S.W. Collins

REPORT: S.W. Collins patriarch, Don Collins, dies at 92

BY HBSDealer Staff

The state of Maine and the lumberyard industry have lost a legend. Former S.W. Collins president Don Collins, the fourth generation to manage the business, died at 92.

Retiring in 1992, Collins continued to serve on the S.W. Collins board of directors.

Collins served five terms in the Maine House and Senate between 1970 and 1992 and also served as mayor of Caribou, the hometown of S.W. Collins.

When he was 18, Collins left the University of Maine in Orono to enlist in the U.S. Army and saw combat in World War II. He was wounded twice in the Battle of the Bulge, and was awarded a Combat Infantry Badge, a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster and a Bronze Star.

More about Don Collins’ life can be read in the Lewiston Sun Journal.


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