Edward Collins

Edward Murray Collins

June 12, 1955 - December 12, 2019
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ROCKLAND - Edward Murray Collins, 64, died unexpectedly following a cardiac event, December 12, 2019.

Ed was born in Rockland, June 12, 1955, the first child of Samuel and Dorothy Collins. He grew up on Samoset Road in Rockland in a close-knit neighborhood and community. Ed attended local schools, graduating from Rockland District High School in 1973. He received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Following college, he worked for Maine Congressman David F. Emery in his Rockland and Washington, D.C. offices as a Legislative Assistant focusing on environmental and marine matters. He received his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon in 1984. Edward was a member of the Maine Bar since 1984, practicing in Rockland since 1985 when he joined his father to practice law at the firm currently known as Hanscom and Collins, PA.

Active in local non-profit corporations, Ed served on the North Haven Foundation, the North Haven Development Corporation, the Megunticook Watershed Association and St. George Community Sailing. He was on the boards of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Camden Public Library, the Georges River Land Trust, and the Mid-Coast Mental Health Association. He was President of the Rockland Cemetery Association and a board member of MCH Neighbor Foundation and the Center for Maine Contemporary Arts. He is a past President of the Knox County Bar Association and a member of the Maine Bar Association.
Ed loved being outside especially canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing, snow skiing and gardening. He shared this love of the outdoors with his children, family and friends. He also loved a good debate. Ed was a great cook and worked hard to create the perfect loaf of French bread.

Ed is survived by his partner, Susan Trenholm, his children, Jane R. Collins, S. Wilson Collins and fiancé, Jo, Abigail E. Goodridge and husband Michael, and Emma M. Collins and partner Scott. He is also survived by his sisters, Elizabeth Collins Macomber and husband Jon and Diane Collins Field and husband Sumner, his aunt Barbara Lebel and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, December 19 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A celebration of life will be Friday, December 20 at 11:00 a.m. at the Samoset Resort. Memorial donations may be made in Ed’s memory to the Megunticook Watershed Assoc., PO Box 443, Camden ME 04843, or The Georges River Land Trust, 8 North Main Street, Suite 200, Rockland ME 04841, To share a memory or story with Ed’s family, please visit their online Book of Memories at
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  • Visitation

    Thursday December 19, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thursday December 19, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home
    110 Limerock Street
    Rockland, Maine 04841
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    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Celebration of Life

    Friday December 20, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday December 20, 2019 11:00am
    Samoset Resort
    220 Warrenton Street
    ROCKPORT, ME 04856
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Jeff Gnecco

Posted at 01:38pm
Ed Collins was my friend, mentor, and role model. As easygoing and kind as any lawyer I've known, yet always on the ball, in the know, liked and respected by all. I don’t recall when it started, but at some point I started referring to him as Papa Bear, and our handshakes became hugs. I expected to look up to him for a long time to come. I wish I'd been able to be there to celebrate his life with everyone.


Posted at 02:42pm


Good morning, my name is Glenn Billington and i have known Edward Murray Collins since i was 7
years old. We played on the same Farm Baseball team, coached by our fathers. i am here to honor Ed
and also to honor everyone gathered here this morning. I have been asked by Ed’s children to give
this Eulogy. It is my greatest honor and privilege privilege to do that here this morning.

The word Eulogy comes to us from the Greek - Eu Logos - Good Words

Ed was the Best.
Like the tallest tomato plant in the garden, grown in the best soil. He had superior intellect and
wisdom from his father Samuel W. Collins, and his kind heart and welcoming spirt from his Mother
Dorothy M Collins. His children Jane, Willson, Ema and Abby share all those gifts as well. Ed was
very close with his children and really enjoyed entertaining them. He would provide an awesome meal
with homemade bread and stay up very late after.

Last Thursday night, i stepped onto a piece of exercise equipment at the gym. Ear buds in place,
taking my first step, my phone went off with a number i did not know.
It was Ken Twadell, I have some bad news. Ed Collins died today…………………………….
I know each of you shared that experience as well. That feeling of disbelief. It was sudden,
unbelievable, and abrupt. We must reach out to one another as we struggle to get back to our feet.

It might be nice to take a look at Ed’s life from 30,000 feet, and get that perspective.. However i
am unable to offer that. I am too close. Ed was an everyday part of my life.
When we began High School together in Rockland, we started on different paths. I was following a
path in the Industrial Arts Program and Ed was in College Prep. At the Start of our sophomore year
Ed started asking me to join the Debate team. I said no way, i can’t do that. Ed said “Yes you can,
you would be great at it”. (not sure how he could have known that) I went to a debate and heard
Fred Newcomb read a speech, and thought too myself - i would like to do that. And so i joined Peter
Spaulding, Jim Gerrish and Ed. Our 4 man team would go on to be not just the best Maine Debate
Team, but one of the best in New England. The experience changed my life path and i draw from that
currently…….. I mean right this minute!

Ed took me on many great adventures, big and small. Boat rides on Megunticook lake, Hiking Bald
Rock and Maiden’s cliff. In 1974 Ed talked me into seeing a concert by a band from New Jersey, at
the Central Maine Youth Center. I vaguely new of the Band and said i was not inter- ested. I said

He persisted and we did end up seeing ……
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

He took a group of us , on a sunny day , on a very special trip to the top of Beech Hill in
Rockport. It was a magical experience as we could see every island in Penobscot Bay,
- and every blade of grass on Beech Hill.

Ed has over the years maintained an exclusive membership at Megunticook Golf Club in Rockport. Once
a year in the summer, he would take me to have lunch on the porch, overlooking the ocean. We would
always go in Ed’s Chevy Suburban, with the duct taped roof rack . I submit to you, that Black
Suburban is the most iconic vehicle in the City of Rockland. It ruled the Custom House Parking lot,
from a reserved parking space. Ed would deftly tuck the Suburban neatly between the Bentleys and

There were times when Ed struggled. Although his work was all consuming, he was lonesome. He had on
and off relationships that were stressfull and hurt his feelings. i told Ed he was the best. He
would find someone. Finally he did. After months of talking about Susan Trenholm, he asked her out.
They were fast friends from the start. All the things Ed liked, Susan liked too Canoeing (Ed told
me he had 17 of them- most would fl Hiking, Skiing. But most of all dancing. Ed was a dancer-
he loved it. I last saw them Dance at O’Hara’s Boat House to the incredible, Outer Space Band.

Ed was always very allergic to cats. He would get watering eyes and begin sneezing when he would
come to visit me. When Susan moved in with Ed she brought along her cat snowflake. Ed’s allergy ,
over time went away and he became very fond and protective of Snowflake.
She would meow and thank him when he let her in. He expressed to me that he felt the cat was
speaking to him. Being a cat person i told him, he was right , that cats do not talk to each other
and that their vocalizing is just for us.

When you think of Ed, hear his voice - it is just for you.

Paul Munro

Posted at 06:29pm
I went to Ed for help with a real estate transaction. I was delighted to find an active intentional listener, a deliberate thinker and engaged conversationalist and someone who sought to resolve things as simply and graciously as possible. My loss that I only knew him professionally. My condolances to those gifted with closer relationships. Grief is great where value is lost.

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Posted at 08:42pm
Collins family, sending my deepest sympathy for your loss. Hope you can find some comfort in being surrounded by the love of your family & friends.
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Kathleen Hamilton

Posted at 04:18pm
Hi and sympathy to the Collins family. My name is Kathleen Hamilton. My late husband Jasch and I were best of friends with Ed and Martha. We started Diamond Hill Farm and lived in Rockport down the road from the young Collins family and children, later my family moved to CA and changed the name of Diamond Hill Farm to Diamond Organics when we went nationwide.
Besides Ed being a best friend from 1980-1990 Ed was also our business attorney until we moved and legally transitioned us.
Below I am writing to Jim Dugan (Diamond Organic catalog photographer/and friend from Rockland) He was the person that sent me the bad news of Ed's passing. Its a shock! My heart felt condolences to you all! I just was sharing memories with him about Ed that you definitely would love to hear about. Much love. Ed was the best and I am so grateful to have had him in my life!

Hi Jim,
Thank you for sharing Ed's obit!
Ed and Martha were best friends back in the day so it came as a surprise to hear that Ed died just like that.
Ed was the attorney for Diamond Hill Farm. He also did legal when we bought out house on Franklin St and later the Pascal ave place.
After reading that one of Ed's kids was fiancé to a Goodridge girl, I found that amusing. Steve and Mary Goodridge and their kids lived next door to Ed and Martha and their kids in Rockport. I remember going to Steve Goodridge's memorial at their house- Mary had breast cancer and died shortly after.
Lost touch with the Goodridge clan when we moved away.
Martha, Ed's ex, was on the back of the DO catalog holding up one of their babies after receiving a DO box delivery on display on the kitchen granite counter with abounds of over flowing organic produce. Did you take that shot? (he did do the photo shoot in the Camden house kitchen and ended up becoming the full time DO photographer)
Anyway, I appreciate knowing that Ed is no longer with us and I hope to share this story with his family about the time that Ed rushed me to the Belfast hospital when I was in labor with Vinnie.
Ed played racquet ball with my doc and I couldn't reach my doctor when I went into labor one night.
I was hemmoraging and in distress. I was on bed rest for months.
Jasch was delivering produce in Boston that night before we started Diamond. There was no way to reach Jasch because we didn't have any cell phones!
All the ambulances were busy when I called that night. They told me that they couldn't pick me up right away, that it would take over an hour to get to me.
I heard that Ed would know how to reach my doctor because he had played racquet ball earlier that afternoon with Dr. Tanhouser.
so I called Ed and told him that I needed his help bad!
Ed tracked Dr. Tanhouser down, called him, (Dr T was at his girlfriends place. Her phone was attached to a phone post next to her Teepee in the middle of the woods in Liberty :)
Ed ended up rushing me up highway 1 doing 90 miles an hour in his black porshe to meet Dr. Tanhouser at the hospital in Belfast.
Ed saved the day, me and Vin!

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