Hugh F. “Scooby Doo” Collins

Hugh F. “Scooby Doo” Collins passed away on September 15, 2017 after his long battle with congestive heart failure, COPD and AFIB. Hugh would brag to anyone who was willing to listen that although he had only 2 hips, he had 3 hip replacements, survived colon cancer, a stroke and the disease of alcoholism. He celebrated his 86th birthday on August 25th surrounded by his family.

Hugh has been reunited after 19 years with his late wife, Janet A. (Weimert) (Cavalieri) Collins. Hugh and Janet were married in 1953 and after divorce and a long separation, they were reunited again in 1979 and remarried in 1983. Hugh is now forever with his one true love. He also joins his late parents Francis and Theresa (Riley).

Among those who will hold him forever in our hearts until we too are reunited include his daughter, Virginia McGoldrick and husband Eddie, son Frank and wife Theresa, and his step daughter Fran (Cavalieri) Collett. He was a loving Grandfather to Audra (McGoldrick) Tango and her husband Nick, Melissa McGoldrick, Brianne (Collins) Willey and her husband Jason, Matthew Collins and Kerri and Lauren Collett. He loved all his family, and for the past 10 years, his greatest joy was being “Great-Grampa Scooby Doo” to Krystal Tango who made him smile whenever he thought of her. Krystal and “Scooby” shared popcorn, cookies and ginger ale often from his favorite vending machines.

Hugh was a retired cook who loved spaghetti, popcorn and sweets and dogs (especially Rusty and Obe McCarthy who were frequent visitors.)

Hugh’s family will greet friends at a memorial gathering at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, Massachusetts on Monday, September 25th, 2017. Everyone will meet at the chapel in Woodlawn Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. and proceed together to the graveside. A committal service will follow at 11 a.m.


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  1. Robynn Franks on September 19, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I truly enjoyed the time I got to spend with him and very proud he was my daughter’s grandfather. I look forward to a good game of canasta with him and Janet when I get to heaven. With Love Robynn

  2. Carol Pesaturo on September 20, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Virginia and Family,
    Our sincere sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Carol and Ralph Pesatruo

  3. Jeanne Willis on September 20, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Dearest cousins Ginny and Frank,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I was very touched by the renewal of your mom and dad’s love at their second wedding and so glad you had Jim back in your lives as long as you did.

    That’s going to be one BIG canasta game going on with my mom in there, too!

    Lots of love & blessings,


  4. Tracy Wheelock- Brown on September 20, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Virginia , Audra, and Melissa., and Crystal
    I am so sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather and great-grandfather it is sad now that he is gone but he is in peace and he will be out of pain and young forever and be waiting to meet you all again

  5. Faith Walsh on September 21, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Virginia and family. So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to everyone.

  6. Virginia Azubuine on September 21, 2017 at 2:37 am

    My family and I are so sorry about the loss of your father, grandfather , and great grandfather .

    Virginia Azubuine

  7. Virginia McGoldrick on September 22, 2017 at 2:43 pm


    I didn’t grow up being “Daddy’s Little Girl”. You were not in my life, because as I understood once I became an adult, you were battling the disease of alcoholism. I didn’t think I needed you in my life. I was wrong. Thank you for coming back into my life. For beating that disease. For being a wonderful grandfather to Audra and Melissa (even though you, the “Brand New Grampa” bought Audra a broken sink LOL). Thank you for being there for t hem and for being a wonderful Great Grampa to Krystal. Thank for being there for Ma through all of our family’s challenges. You are together now, where you belong

  8. Sandra Stickney on September 22, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    May God rest him in peace. Thinking and praying for you all.

  9. Frank on September 24, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Good-Bye Dad. You will be missed.
    Go sit on a cloud and read the Heavens News Paper.
    Have a Ginger Ale and a cookie, from the vending machine
    and just relax.

  10. Linda Berton on September 25, 2017 at 1:55 am

    My deepest condolences to you and your family Ginny. I’m sonsorry for your loss.

    May time heal your hearts ❤️

    Thought & prayers for everyone ??

  11. Donnie and Vicki Greeke-Costello. on September 27, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Virginia and extended family may you feel hugs around you and remember you have friends to lean on. Your strength will get you thru. Sympathies to all.

  12. Donnie and Vicki Greeke-Costello on September 27, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Virginia and extended family may you feel hugs around you and remember you have friends to lean on. Your strength will get you thru. Sympathies to all.

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