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Michael James Collins

We are saddened to announce the passing of our father, Michael (Mike) James Collins, 72, of Wilmington, DE on Sunday, May 7, 2023.Mike began his career in data processing which brought him and his family to Pennsylvania. However, his true passion was coaching basketball. He started coaching in the Philadelphia semi-pro circuit, where he coached many teams before creating professional travel teams. His travel teams expanded his reach overseas, where he traveled to Argentina, Columbia, Costa Rica, and Ghana, coaching and sharing his love of basketball.

Mike was a dedicated coach who was passionate about helping his players reach their full potential. He was known for his positive attitude, infectious energy, and unwavering commitment to his players. He believed that basketball was more than just a game; it was an opportunity to teach life skills and build character.

In addition to his coaching career, Mike was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by many immediate and extended family members.

Mike will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and the basketball community. His legacy will live on through the countless players he coached and mentored over the years.

Rest in peace, Mike.

Funeral Services

As per Mike’s request a funeral will not be held. The family is hosting a private memorial service. Should you wish to send a contribution or words of encouragement to the family, please contact Alix Stephenson at


    Jakim lit a candle and writes,
    Miss you, Dude!
    05/11/2023 11:58 am
    Camille lit a candle and writes,
    Miss ya Pops!
    05/11/2023 03:19 pm
    Dallas writes,
    05/11/2023 04:46 pm
    Willie Anderson lit a candle and writes,
    Condolences to the family.
    05/11/2023 05:05 pm
    Carolyn Lucas and family lit a candle and writes,
    Wishing comfort and peace during this difficult time.
    05/11/2023 05:07 pm
    Steven Wilson lit a candle and writes,
    RIP BIG Mike 🙏🏼
    05/11/2023 05:08 pm
    Judy writes,
    05/11/2023 05:21 pm
    Dave and Dee Dee Lucas lit a candle and writes,
    May your happy memories console you and give you comfort and peace.🛐
    05/11/2023 05:21 pm
    Abdul writes,
    Pops will you will be missed…
    05/11/2023 05:29 pm
    Devon and Paula Lucas writes,
    Our condolences to the family, wishing you all peace and comfort in theses tough times. God Bless 🙏🏽
    05/11/2023 06:13 pm
    Abdul lit a candle and writes,
    Pops you will be missed…
    05/11/2023 06:16 pm
    Willie Hardy writes,
    My brother was a good person. Loved to laugh, joke, have fun. Gone too soon. Miss him and loved him dearly. RIP BRO!!
    05/11/2023 06:20 pm
    Devon and Paula Lucas lit a candle and writes,
    We send our condolences to family in these tuff times . May GOD bless you all 🙏🏽!
    05/11/2023 06:22 pm
    Tom lit a candle and writes,
    RIP Pops. U will be missed
    05/11/2023 06:25 pm
    Denise King writes,
    My condolences to the Collins family. Praying comfort to you Willie and your family
    05/11/2023 06:33 pm
    David james lit a candle and writes,
    Rest in peace my brother,and may your loved ones be comforted in love.
    05/11/2023 07:18 pm
    Tyrone pitts writes,
    His passion for the game will be truly missed.
    05/11/2023 08:04 pm
    Doreatha lit a candle and writes,
    You will be deeply missed. Thank you for being my dad 😭
    05/12/2023 02:53 am
    Nana writes,
    A great and humble person like you passing has created a very deep hole in our hearts and it can never filled. We appreciate your presence and You will forever be missed. Mike REST IN PERFECT PEACE 💐
    05/12/2023 06:57 am
    Kris writes,
    Miss you Grandpa 🤞🏾🫶🏾
    05/12/2023 07:12 am
    Nana lit a candle and writes,
    A very painful exit but Rest Peacefully in the bosom of your Creator till we meet again. Mike, you’re truly missed. 🌺
    05/12/2023 07:15 am
    Charles lit a candle and writes,
    Mike, your demise is a big blow to me and family. May God keep your soul in Abraham's bosom.
    05/12/2023 08:46 am
    Delois Mitchell writes,
    Prayers And Condolences To The Family And Friends
    05/12/2023 12:45 pm
    Janice Jeffries lit a candle and writes,
    Michael, thank you for our blessing in Jade...she is smiling with you. May you rest in peace...My condolences to the family. Janice
    05/12/2023 02:13 pm
    Robin Barton lit a candle
    05/13/2023 01:45 pm
    Shirley lit a candle and writes,
    Condolences to relatives and friends. I love you my children and grandchildren. What would he say? If I should die before the rest of you, Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone. Nor, when I’m gone, speak in a Sunday voice, But be the usual selves that I have known. Weep if you must, Parting is hell. But life goes on, So sing as well. "If I Should Go" by Joyce Grenfell
    05/13/2023 02:44 pm
    Michael Anderson lit a candle and writes,
    Thanks Brother had a ball traveling and playing for your teams. Rest in peace Mike.
    05/14/2023 11:15 pm
    Alexa Collins-Davenport lit a candle and writes,
    Rest in peace grandpa ❤️
    05/15/2023 09:43 pm
    Jean Poindexter writes,
    Mike was a good hearted cousin. I will miss him. My love goes out to his siblings.
    05/16/2023 11:33 am
    Germaine lit a candle and writes,
    Rest in peace cousin, you have always been good to us and know u will continue from up above. Say hello to grandma Louise and Stella.
    05/16/2023 09:07 pm

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