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Russell Bruce Collins

Russell Bruce Collins, 59, of Poway, California, husband of Denise (Obert) Collins, passed away on December 4, 2011 in San Diego after a seven year battle with cancer.

Born on June 12, 1952, he grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts, graduated from Arlington High School in 1970 and received a degree in civil engineering in 1974 from Tufts University in Medford.  He worked for various companies over the years, the last being Sweetwater Authority, which was the water authority for the city of San Diego.  He retired from there in June, 2011 after twenty years with the company. 

Russ had a love for life and was determined to live his life to the fullest   Even though he had stage four cancer, he worked full time, and enjoyed all outdoor activities, especially hiking and biking.  In May 2010 he took a wonderful ten day trip with his wife, sister and brother-in-law to England and Scotland, traveling primarily by train.  He and his wife also took a trip to Hawaii in May, 2011 where he went snorkeling for the first time. Russ had a great love of all sports especially soccer which he coached for many years. He enjoyed going to his sonís water polo games.  

He was very optimistic that he would beat cancer.  He participated in an experimental chemotherapy study for two years and was hopeful that  it would make a difference to people in the future.

 In addition to his wife he is survived by two children.  His daughter, Julie, is 25 years old and a third year medical school resident at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisana.  His son Luke, 21, is a senior at UC Davis majoring in history.

He is also survived a sister, Cindy Imlach and her husband, Bob, of Ipswich, and nephews Scott Imlach and his wife Rachel of Billerica, Chris Imlach and his wife Andrea of Rowley, and Eric Imlach and his wife Kara of Burlington, and also two grand nephews, Sam and Ben Imlach of Rowley.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Sunday December 11 at 1:30 PM in the Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington, MA. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. In lieu of flowers memorial contribution may be made to the American Cancer Society, Colon Cancer Research, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.



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