Alan, former Bell Canada employee, of Belleville Ontario, in his 87th year, peacefully passed away on January 20, 2015, at Belleville General Hospital.
Loving husband of Marilynn Ann, and late Mabel Margaret, deceased. Beloved son of the late Harold and Ethel Collins.
Loving father of sons David (Linda) of Burlington Ontario, John (Bobbie) of Gettysburg Pennsylvania and Daniel (Christine) of Naperville Illinois, and of daughters Carol (David Crisp) of Toronto, and Janet of West Palm Beach Florida.
Lovingly remembered by his 12 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Missed by his brother-in-law Alan Hunt and wife Janis, predeceased by his sisters and their husbands Muriel Campbell (Thomas) and Gladys Lewis (William) of Toronto, and also predeceased by his brother Harold and his wife Margaret of Markham Ontario.
Al started with Bell Canada in 1944, retiring in 1982. He was founding President of Newfoundland Telephone Pioneers in 1972, and President of Maple Leaf Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America in 1981.
Al was very active in the Anglican Church in Toronto as a licensed Lay Reader, and in the United Church in Belleville where he held the position of Chair of Belleville Presbytery in 1998 and the Chair of Oshawa Presbytery on loan in 2000.
At the request of the deceased, closure will be by cremation. A memorial service will be held at Emmanuel United Church, Foxboro Ontario on Saturday, January 24, 2015 – visitation will be from 12 noon to 1pm, followed by a service with Reverend Robert Matheson officiating.
Private interment will follow in Corbyville, Ontario.
Memorial donations to Emmanuel United Church, Foxboro Ontario, would be appreciated by the family.