A Short Life Lived to the Fullest
July 8, 1965 – September 11, 2001
Thomas Joseph Collins was born on July 8, 1965 to Tom & Dottie Collins of Dix Hills New York.
Tommy, a managing director of Sandler O'Neill and Partners, was among those who died tragically in the terrorist attack on September 11th. His death is made especially ironic in that he was a survivor of the attack on the WTC that took place in 1993. Thomas was a graduate of Ithaca College, where he played on the varsity lacrosse team for four years and started as an attack man. After graduation in 1986, he worked with First Albany before joining Sandler O'Neill in 1988.
With an electric smile and always a quick joke, Thomas lived life to the fullest. He packed his 36 years full of activity, never wasting a single moment; he was an avid boater, golfer and sportsman. Tommy is survived by his wife, Julia; his father, Thomas, his mother, Dorothy, his sisters, Colleen and Jennifer, and his brother, Tim.