Near the ceremony's conclusion, Sharon Baptist Pastor Keith Reed read a letter from the White House praising Collins' community involvement.
Nutter, speaking at the beginning of the service, received a standing ovation when he read a city proclamation declaring Saturday E. Steven Collins Day.
"I'll never forget my friend from West Philadelphia," he said, adding that the mayor's office would donate $5,000 to the E. Steven Collins Memorial Scholarship fund.
Collins - referred to as "E" throughout the ceremony - was a radio host for four decades, and before his death was director of urban marketing and external relations for Radio One Inc., including stations such as Praise 103.9, Hot 107.9, and WRNB.
But Collins had a presence on almost all of Philadelphia's major African American radio stations during his career and regularly appeared on television, from Fox29's Good Day Philadelphia to national programs like MSNBC's Hardball With Chris Matthews.
Beyond the microphone, Collins was well-known for his community involvement, and his roles in the city included chairing the Mayor's Commission on Literacy and serving on the boards of several organizations, including the Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Association for Nonviolence and the Urban League of Philadelphia.
That varied and prolific resumé was remembered by speakers at Saturday's service.
But some messages - such as the one delivered by his sons, Rashid, 26, and Langston, 15 - simply lamented the untimely loss of a man who had affected many lives.
"It's still hard to believe," Rashid Collins said, "that I can't just pick up the phone and call my dad."
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