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Date of Passing: Jul 08, 2014

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RT. REV. THOMAS W. R. COLLINGS Bishop Tom Collings died peacefully on July 8, 2014, surrounded by family and prayer. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Julie and by three daughters: Megan Collings-Moore (John Moore) of Stratford, ON; Bronwen Bugden (Shawn Bugden) of Morden, MB, and Tamsin Collings (Andrew Swan) of Winnipeg; two sons: John Collings (Joan Collings) of Sydney, NS, and David Collings of Winnipeg; as well as by 19 grandchildren; a brother, Roynon Collings of Abergavenny, Wales, and many other family and friends throughout the UK and North America. Tom Collings was born on December 2, 1938, in Abergavenny, Wales. He was educated at Monmouth School; at St. Peter's College, Oxford (mathematics) and at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (theology). Those subjects provided him with both his livelihood and with much interest and enjoyment throughout life. In 1963, Tom was awarded a Harkness Fellowship to study in the USA. He went to New York City to study at Union Theological Seminary, where his STM thesis was supervised by Reinhold Niebuhr. In New York, he met and married his wife, Julie. Returning to the UK, Tom completed an MSc in Operations Research at the University of Essex. He taught mathematics: at Northeast London Polytechnic; at Strathclyde University in Glasgow; for the Open University in Scotland; and years later, for the University of Regina (SK). He was deputy director for the (Scottish) Health Services Operations Research Unit at Strathclyde University for several years. In 1979, Tom was ordained deacon in the Scottish Episcopal Church. He was ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Canada in 1980 and bishop (of the Diocese of Keewatin) in 1991. He served as assistant at St. John's Cathedral, Winnipeg; as priest for the Peguis-Hodgson-Fisherton churches; as priest at St. Helen's in Winnipeg; as Native Theological Education Coordinator at St. John's College (University of Manitoba); as Dean of Theology at St. John's College; and as Bishop of Keewatin. In retirement, he did ministry development work in the Diocese of Qu'Appelle and in Ruperts Land Diocese. Much of his work was in First Nations cultures which he held in high esteem and much affection. The funeral will be held at St. John's College Chapel, U. of M., on Saturday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m. with reception immediately following. The burial will occur at St. Mary's-St. Alban's Cemetery, Kaleida, MB, later that afternoon. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 11, 2014

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I knew Tom when we were young children and we even sat next to each other at Hereford Road School in Abergavenny. We both attended Frogmore Street Baptist Sunday School but he later attended St.Mary's Church. I used to visit his home and his father was an imposing police officer. When he and his wife came on an exchange to Llanfoist/Govilon , we met up in Govilon and had an interesting talk. I always liked Tom. He had a well developed sense of humour coupled with a highly intelligent mind. I send my condolences to Tom's wife and the very extended family. Haydn - Posted by: Haydn Gear (School Friend) on: Oct 27, 2015

  • I regret I only learned of this a couple of days ago, and am sorry to have learned of Tom's death. He was a great friend and colleague. I treasured him as someone I worked with at St John's College, and as someone I could run with and talk with. He enlarged my understanding, right up to our last get-together last November in Winnipeg. He was wonderfully thoughtful, and his humility was moving. I will miss him. My prayers are with you Julie. Murdith McLean - Posted by: Murdith McLean (Friend) on: Jul 20, 2014

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you Julie. - Posted by: Malcolm Tait (friend - Qu'Appelle) on: Jul 16, 2014

  • Hi Megan. I Heard your Dad i am sad We have sorry your Dad. I have work at Bus Terminals Near Winnipeg Airport . I m new job I am work at Greyhound Lines We still work 13 years.. I am remember you. We have used from Versatch Industries since 1991. your married John Moore. - Posted by: Danny Klus (Friends) on: Jul 12, 2014

  • In the 80's I worked for the Faculty of Theology as Director of the Certificate in Theology for lay folk. Tom was one of the colleagues on a Consortium which enabled lay folk in their FAITH GROWTH. I greatly appreciated getting to know Tom and to understand his passion for justice. He and his wife, lived their lives in the pursuit of justice and during these latter years I often ran into them both at events such as Kairos. Thank you Tom for your faithfulness in your Faith and commitment to Justice. I count it my blessing to have known you. - Posted by: Ruth Campbell (Former Colleague) on: Jul 11, 2014

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