January 30, 2023 – Richfield, WI – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Village Board Trustee Bill Collins who passed away January 29, 2023.
Trustee Collins was a dedicated public servant who devoted much of his adult life to serving others. Whether that was his time with the Richfield Lions Club of Wisconsin, USA, volunteering for the Richfield Historical Society, St. Gabriel’s Parish, or helping with the Richfield Days Parade, he always found time to serve others with his time and talents.
Trustee Collins joined the Village Board in 2009, right after the Town of Richfield’s incorporation into the Village of Richfield. It is there where he served with both passion and professionalism.
His contributions to the Village were numerous and invaluable. Trustee Collins’ unwavering commitment to the Village and its residents earned him the respect and admiration of all who knew him.
Trustee Collins gave me a book several years back called “How the World Sees YOU,” which is essentially a book that centers on understanding the different types of personalities people have and how to work with them- a very telling book for the type of person he was.
In the spirit of that book, the way I saw Trustee Collins was as a deeply analytical man. Someone who cared about our community. Someone who asked questions like peeling back the layers of an onion in the Board room. He was a “student of life” and someone who always wanted to better himself through continuing education in his field of organizational development.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to his wife and family. He will be deeply missed by those within our organization.
Jim Healy, Village Administrator
A full obituary will be posted when details are available.