Ocean City Today

Thomas Hiram Collins

Mar 01, 2018
Thomas Hiram Collins

printed 03/02/2018

Sebastian, Florida

Thomas Hiram Collins, 69, formerly of Ocean City and founder of Capt. Hiram’s Resort Sandbar in Sebastian, Florida, passed away on Feb. 24, 2018.

He “passed in his sleep without any pain or suffering,” his son, Will Collins, said.

Collins, whose family has been an Ocean City fixture for generations, was born on March 27, 1948.

“Outside of the countless memories we shared together, I will always remember how many people’s lives he touched,” Will Collins said in a recent Facebook post. “I will do everything in my power to perpetuate his legacy through my family and beyond.”

A memorial, open to the public, is scheduled for Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at Capt. Hiram’s Resort Sandbar in Sebastian.

Another memorial will be held in Ocean City in May at a date and time to be announced.

Collins, according to multiple news reports, brought a new perspective to the coast in that part of Florida, after buying a small marina there in 1986.

That expanded into the 28-seat Capt. Hiram’s River Raw Bar a year later. The restaurant was expanded several times and is now the largest waterfront resort in the area. It can accommodate more than 500 guests. It includes a hotel and full-service marina with 60 boat slips.

The business was named after Collin’s great uncle, Sgt. Hiram Collins, a World War II soldier who was killed on the beach at Normandy.

In lieu of flowers or other gestures, Will Collins asked that friends and family wait until a formal obituary is made public. It will appear in Ocean City Today next week.

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