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Brian W. Collins

August 19, 2022

Services are private.

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Brian W. Collins, 67, passed away peacefully, at his Villa Hills residence on August 19, 2022, after his battle with cancer. Brian was born in Covington, KY on April 14, 1955, to the late W. Loran and Virginia (Leathers) Collins. Brian will be lovingly remembered and is survived by his wife of 31 years Vicky Hoeffer Collins, son Brent Collins, daughter Katie Collins, brother Randall Collins, and numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends. He was predeceased by his parents W. Loran Collins and Virginia Leathers Collins. He was a 1973 graduate of Connor High School and a 1977 graduate of Western Kentucky University. After college he began a brief career at the Procter & Gamble Company Cincinnati, Ohio. This led him to creating his own company Commonwealth Warehouse & Distribution which after 30 years his son currently owns and operates very successfully. Throughout his life, Brian also had a love of railroading. He fondly remembers many railroad trips traveling with his family visiting grandparents in Georgia. He continued his passion of railroading by purchasing the Cincinnati Railway Company with several partners. This gave him many wonderful opportunities & cherished memories to travel in his private car across America. Meeting many people along the way which have become some of his closest lifelong friends. Brian, along with his wife, reorganized the LM&M Railroad into a nonprofit company the Cincinnati Scenic Railway which continues to run in Lebanon, Ohio for the last 35+ years. Brian’s most recent enjoyment in life was the creation of the Cincinnati Dinner Train 14 years ago along with business partner William Thomas. Visitation will be held Tuesday August 23, 2022, from 9am to 11am at Linnemann Funeral Homes 30 Commonwealth Ave, Erlanger, KY 41018. The funeral service and burial will be held privately at the family’s request. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Brian W. Collins’s name to the Cincinnati Scenic Railway, 16 E. South Street, Lebanon, Ohio 45036. The Cincinnati Scenic Railway is non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of historic railroad equipment for the education and enjoyment of rail fans of all ages.