Edward Murray Collins
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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, Megunticook.org or The Georges River Land Trust, 8 North Main Street, Suite 200, Rockland ME 04841, Georgesriver.org. To share a memory or story with Ed's family, please visit their online Book of Memories at
Published on December 15, 2019


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From Choobie, Tomer, Samir, Michael, Will, David, and Brady.
Jan 08, 2020
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Julie and Carl Lindquist
Jan 07, 2020
Ed was our delightful and professional attorney. His father professionally, and mother, were friends with my Aunt Louise Johnson of Spruce Head for many decades. We are deeply saddened by his premature passing. Blessings to all who were a special part of his life.
Bill and Cindy Anderson
Dec 30, 2019
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Amy, Candy and Steve Schulman
Dec 25, 2019
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Beverly H Dammin
Dec 23, 2019
I send my sincerest sympathies to Ed's family - I regret only meeting him in recent years but privileged to have known him, albeit briefly.
Linda Shafer
Dec 21, 2019
My Dear Jane,
Wrapping you and your family in much love as you celebrate your Dad’s life.
Love, Linda Shafer
Ellie and David Erdman
Dec 20, 2019
WE are both saddened to hear the news about Ed suddenly leaving us. We were privileged to know him over the years both professionally and personally. He was a true gentleman and an excellent and generous counsellor. We shall all miss him! We send our condolences to his family.
Alex and Kate Cohen
Dec 19, 2019
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Rita Haas
Dec 17, 2019
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Lisa Morgan and family
Dec 17, 2019
Ed was a kind, caring person who always had time to ask “how are things with you?”
He was a real gentleman and will be greatly missed in this community.
Jean Belair
Dec 16, 2019
Ed was a good man, a good friend, and a good dad. He and I went through the Camden school system together through our involvement in our daughters educational experiences spending many nights and weekends “at school”.
I will miss him.