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DONALD ST. CLAIRE COLLINS

Date of Passing: Feb 03, 2019

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DONALD ST. CLAIRE COLLINS On February 3, 2019 Donald St. Claire Collins peacefully passed away at the age of 97. The words "husband", "dad", "grandpa" and "friend" were cherished words for Don. He loved visits, phone calls, and recalling memories associated with these relationships. Don was born in Nicholsville, Nova Scotia and attended Dalhousie University, Pine Hill Divinity School, and graduate classes at U.B.C. He was ordained as a United Church minister in 1949. He faithfully served until his retirement in 1991 as a minister in four congregations, followed by 21 years with the Canadian Bible Society, and in retirement as a Pastoral Care Minister at St. Andrews River Heights. Although his early days were in Nova Scotia, he spent most of his adult years in the western provinces, with the last 54 years living in his home in Winnipeg. His greatest comfort came from serving the Lord and making lifelong friends in the process. His greatest desire was to be worthy of his calling, and equal to all of the love and support that he received. In deed he was worthy, as he was consistently known as a humble servant, with strength of spirit, kind, and a devoted family man. If you were in need, he was at your side. Reading, painting, visits to his beloved farm and McCord family, the cottage, and volunteering were his greatest pastimes. Don is survived by his wife Shirley, of 70 years; children, David (Lynda), Mark (Sharon) and Shelley (Jim, Bill); grandchildren, Shaun (Megan), Andrew (Marti), Andrea (Steve), Matthew (Julia), Kevin (Kelly), Amy (Casey), Scott; and great-grandchildren, Ali, Lauren, Sarah, Emily, Colton, Adia and Tyler. Don was predeceased by his mother Fannie, father Millage, mother-in-law Hazel, sisters, Ardythe and Esther, and his special aunts, Lola and Rita. A celebration of Don's life will be held February 13, 2:00 p.m. at Prairie Spirit United Church, 207 Thompson Drive, Winnipeg. Thanks to Dr. J. Elkin, Home Care Assistance, and Oakview Nursing Home for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to C.N.I.B. Winnipeg, 1080 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3G 3M3. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit www.chapellawn.ca Chapel Lawn Funeral Home 204-885-9715

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 09, 2019

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • My sympathies to you, Shirley and family. It was always exciting the day “Don and Shirley” arrived at the homestead. Calvin and I were often on our bikes following your car down the driveway to greet you. Donald loved his homestead, and added another layer of paint annually. Thinking back I admire Donald for his patience with us hanging around while he tried to unwind and get stuff done. When I am back to McCord visiting and look over to “Donald’s” I remember so many great times! Take care and God bless you. - Posted by: Linda Hinz (Gavelin) (Neighbor) on: Feb 25, 2019

  • Dear Shirley, I want to express my sincere sympathy to you and your family. This brings back so many great memories from the time that I worked with Mr. Collins in Winnipeg 1966-1968. He had a great understanding heart. That final earthly parting Is hard no matter what age, Perhaps because it is the end Of a relationship and the closer we are to that person The harder it is, But praise God He does bring healing and gives comfort In the hope of our being reunited With our loved ones in the heavenly Kingdom How good it is to have the precious gift OF MEMORIES To which we hold unto till that day Remember God is your Arm that protects, Help that assures Wisdom that guides, Love that endures, Physician that heals - Posted by: Martha Dyck Martens (Co-worker) on: Feb 09, 2019

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