STURGEON BAY - Friends of John Collins say there was only one word to describe the 81-year-old CEO and philanthropist.
"Determined!" said Coggin Heeringa. "If he got something into his head he was going to get it done. He was also generous beyond belief."
John Collins started C & S Manufacturing in Sturgeon Bay in 1962. Besides running his business, Collins also took an interest in preserving science and nature in the community. He sat on the board of directors for the Crossroads Center. The center promotes continuing education in nature, astronomy and history for all ages.
"We wouldn't be here without the Collins. John was a part of the group of citizens 20 years ago who set out to find a piece of land where children could get in touch with nature," said Heeringa.
The director of the center, Coggin Heeringa, says when John decided an education center should be built, he dug into his own pocket and hit the pavement looking for donations.
The staff at the learning center says John Collins' philanthropy went beyond writing a check, or putting a name on a building. They say he truly had an impact on the community.
"John would hear of someone who needed to fly somewhere like Denver or to Milwaukee for medical treatment or a doctor's appointment, and he'd get them there," said Heeringa.
Herringa says she was shocked to hear of John's death, but says he died doing what he loved.
"Every time he had going up in a plane I was worried. I'm in awe that Helen was able to land the plane. I'm totally in awe of her," she said.
Now, those who knew him say John Collins' legacy will continue on in the hearts of everyone who stops to enjoy the center he so dearly cherished.
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