Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 22, 2020
(1934 - 2020)
Kenneth Andrew Collins
On Thursday, April 16, 2020, Kenneth Andrew Collins of
Crofton, MD. Loving husband and father of four children and
four step-children, passed away at age 85.
Ken was born on December 28, 1934 in Washington, DC
to Sydney and Margaret (Fallon) Collins. He attended St.
Anthony Catholic School (1953) in Washington, DC, and served as an altar boy including
for the Archbishop of DC.
Ken served in the U.S. Army, and then worked as a Metropolitan police officer for 20 years in
Washington, DC. During his time in the police force, he was honored to have guarded Martin
Luther King, Jr. during his 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln
Memorial in DC. His service on that day is now memorialized on the Civil Rights Foot
Soldiers Memorial in Annapolis, MD.
Ken later worked for the DC Department of Transportation and as a court reporter.
Ken raised three sons, Kevin, Brian and Gary, and one daughter, Laura (now deceased). He
also helped raised his stepchildren, Barbara, John, Colleen, and Chris, and loved them as he
did his own children. He most loved to dote on his wife and family, and he enjoyed traveling
and playing cards with his close friends.
Ken is survived by his wife, Barbara, seven of his eight children, nine grandchildren: Shayne,
Dakota, Kathleen, Trinity, Zachary, Conner and Caitlyn, Edina, Wesley and one great
grandson Shayne Jr., as well as his sisters Regina and Elizabeth.
Due to the COVID-19 environment, services are private.
A memorial celebration will be held at a later date. Please view and sign the family's
guestbook at: www.beallfuneral.com