Today, many performers from the greater NJ area will be gathered in South Plainfield NJ to celebrate and honor the life of a man who made a huge impact on many - Fred Collins.
Fred, a.k.a. Key-ko the Clown and Buddy the Magician, lived his life with warmth in his heart and a smile on his face. He never failed to make everyone feel like family. As my wife once remarked - "How could anybody not like him? He's like everybody's Grandfather."
Fred Collins - may you rest in peace.
Frederick B. "Freddy" Collins
Piscataway, NJ - Frederick B. "Freddy" Collins, 64, known to many as Budd-E the Magician and Key-Ko the Clown, died on Friday, January 21, 2011 at JFK Medical Center in Edison.
Born in Neptune, to his late parents Frederick "Ted" and Beulah (Moyer) Collins, Freddy was raised in Newark and has lived in Piscataway since 1971.
He was honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserves and was the proud owner of Mecca Magic in Bloomfield. He belonged to the International Brotherhood of Magicians and was currently working for UPS in Bound Brook as a Supervisor.
Freddy was the original founder of Clown Fest, which is held annually in Seaside Heights and Mecca Magic Clown College.
Freddy is predeceased by his brother Jon Collins.
He leaves behind his wife Mary Ann (Mayo) and their daughter Jennifer Collins and his pride and joy, his grandson, William Magrino III. He also leaves behind his two sisters, Dahne Meeker and Bunnie Collins.
A Memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 30, 2011 from 2-4 PM in the McCriskin-Gustafson Home for Funerals, 2425 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080 with a religious service beginning at 3:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions sent to the American Cancer Society, 2600 US Highway 1, North Brunswick, NJ 08902 would be appreciated.
Mark Clark the owner of Aardvark Entertainment. Has been performing for over 40 years.
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