Wallace Whittier (Whit) Collins, born June 12, 1940 at Ft Bragg NC, died unexpectedly on February 14, 2012. He was the oldest son of the late Lt. Col. Smith Wallace and Mrs. Elizabeth A. Collins of Haverhill, Mass.
He graduated from Haverhill High School in 1959 and attended Boston University School of Journalism. In the course of his life, Whit was a radio broadcaster, ad man, journalist, photographer, documentary writer/producer, Emmy nominee, creative movie writer, statistician, and product designer, and he became a noted violence abatement consultant.
Long-time Haverhill area residents may remember Whit as the overnight DJ at WHAV radio and the camera expert at Mal’s Department Store in the early 1960’s.
Whit is survived by his wife Karen and his sisters, Christine and Isabelle, brothers Greg and Bruce, his three daughters Elizabeth, Jane and Elyn, and seven grandchildren, Amber, Brandy, Cory, Christopher, Faye, Steven and Alexandria.
Whit was fond of this Dickens quote: "Life is made up of meetings and partings. That is the way of it." He is remembered as funny, brilliant, a great conversationalist, warm hearted and generous.
He is missed by all that met him.
A 'Life Celebrated' was held Sunday, April 8 at the Collins home in CA, where he had lived since 1967.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral arrangements were held in private.