Frank Alastair COLLINS

Frank died peacefully at home on Dec. 26, surrounded by his four children and their partners. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Verlie, his children Andrea, Deborah, Blair and Margot and four grandsons, Neal, Dmitri, Vaughn and Jeremy.

Frank was fortunate to have declined swiftly and yet had time to convey his final thoughts to his family and friends. He asked his daughters Andrea and Deborah to fly in from Toronto and New Zealand for his last “hurrah”.

Frank was born in Comox, BC. After the war, where he flew with the RCAF he returned with his new wife to raise his family on Cowichan Lake. In 1966, he moved to Prince George to pursue his career in the lumber business. That was followed by a move to Tsawwassen which was a time of change as he and Verlie both left their careers and started a successful landscaping venture together. Frank and Verlie returned in 1994 to the island that they loved to live in Qualicum Beach.

Over the years, Frank served his country in WWII, he raised his family and supported all of their efforts and he served his communities through many forms of volunteer work. The most recent of these were with the Arrowsmith Community Restorative Justice Society and the Hospice 69 Society. In the true spirit of volunteerism, he always acknowledged that he got more than he gave.

A service was held on Jan. 2 at Knox United Church in Parksville.

Contributions in memorium can be made to

Arrowsmith Community Restorative Justice Society

or the Hospice 69 Society.