Former Maine Supreme Court justice dies
ROCKLAND, Maine: Samuel Collins Jr., a longtime state legislator and former justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, has died. Collins was 88. He was the uncle of U.S. Senator Susan Collins. Collins was a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono and Harvard Law School. He served five terms in the Maine State Senate. He was appointed to Maine's Supreme Court in 1988, serving until his retirement in 1994.
Susan Collins said her uncle "made an enormous contribution to the state he loved — as a state senator, as a Supreme Court Justice, and as a leader in his community. He was a person of such integrity and intelligence that people naturally turned to him for advice and leadership." Current Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley said "Sam Collins was the quintessential gentleman. As an attorney, a legislator, and a judge he inspired respect for his own work and respect for the law."