2018-09-06 / Life in Leelanau

Collinses celebrate 65th anniversary


BILL AND NINA COLLINS are shown on their wedding day and as they appear today. BILL AND NINA COLLINS are shown on their wedding day and as they appear today. A couple who played key roles in the revitalization of the Village of Northport will soon be celebrating their 65th anniversary.

William T. Collins Jr. and the former Nina Virginia Hacker were married on Sept. 12, 1953, in Bryn Mawr, Pa. The Rev. Thorne Sparkman of the Church of the Redeemer united the couple.

The couple were sweethearts in school, having met while both attended Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Penn. Bill graduated from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa, which at the time was an all-male institution. Nina attended Moore Institute of Art in Philadephia.

The couple married as Bill was entering his senior year.

The Collinses moved to Pontiac in 1954, where Bill’s engineering career flourished with Pontiac Motors and DeLorean Motor Company. His career culminated in the design, development and production of the Vixen motor home.

The Collinses have three children, William T. III (Jessica) of Waterford, Christine (John) Woomer of Northport and Jennifer (Ryan) Flaherty of Palos Verde, Calif.

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