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John Augustus Collins

March 20, 1934 - January 29, 2023


John (Jack) Augustus Collins

B. March 20, 1934 – D. January 29, 2023

88 years old

John leaves behind his devoted wife, Margaret (nee Wyman) three daughters Jean, Kathy, Laura-Lynn (Yves, whom he loved as his own). He is now reunited with his beloved son, Jack. He adored his grandchildren and while he did not get to meet his great grandchildren, their pictures were pored over with love.

John was a man of many passions. The greatest of all was his beloved wife, Margaret. His love for her sparked a fire that grew in warmth and light over the 65 years that spanned their incredible story.

John aimed his laser focus and mastery on a wide array of interests. He built an extraordinarily successful business with Margaret as his equal partner. He trained and competed with field retrievers, hunted and loved fly fishing and fell in love with golf. John found deep meaning and excitement within all of his endeavours. Manchester United have lost their most ardent fan.

Fascinated, fascinating and endlessly curious, he was an eloquent, thoughtful conversationalist. His humour was legendary and being with him was routinely punctuated by outbursts of laughter. John was a lifelong learner and his opinions and thoughts were always evolving. He died a wise man.

John leaves behind many close family and friends. He kept in very close touch with those he loved dearly – his sisters Laura and Betty, beloved niece Noreen and all extended family back in Ireland. His best friend, Peter Brennan and wife Carmel (RIP) and their children were treasured. He forged close relationships with Margaret’s family as well.  All in his orbit felt his warmth.

John was a proud man, and nothing made him prouder than his family. He did not have an easy life – tragedy visited him many times. In his last years, he gathered his family to him and made sure we knew the deep respect and love he held for us all.  He died with few regrets.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada in honour of John’s daughter, Kathy Collins.


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H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Tony Walker
Relation: Uncle

Sincere condolences to Margaret, Jean, Kathy, Laura-Lynn and extended family on the sad passing of John. Many find memories spent during the times when he returned to his native Ireland to visit family. A true gentleman, always a smile, a joke and laughter guaranteed. A gentle voice and a big heart. Rest in peace Uncle Jack

Ar dheis de go raibh a anam

From: Mary Lynne Macleod
Relation: John was my neighbour in the late 60;s.

Dear Mags, Jean, Kathy, Laura Lynn and families, please accept my condolences. John will be greatly missed. He always made me laugh with his wonderful jokes and stories, and was able to find the humour in life even when things were difficult for him. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this experience.

Much love

From: Kevin Brennan
Relation: Friend

My thoughts and love with you Margaret, Jean, Kathy, Laura-Lynn. John’s spirit and character, humour and wisdom, and curiosity and love of others, I will never forget.

From: Chantal Séguin
Relation: A long time friend of Laura-Lynn (more than 30 years)

Sincere condolences to Laura-Lynn and Yves, and to the entire family. Due to distance, I have only met your father, Laura-Lynn, on rare occasions, but the way you have always spoken of your father comes through clearly in the messages of condolence. They speak sincerely of his spirit, his character, his humour, his wisdom and his love of others. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with you, and your family.

From: Barbara Evans
Relation: Friends

Would love to hear from you Margaret. 403 271 9695 Calgary Barb and Ken Evans

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