ALAN HOWARD COLLINS
November 20, 1929 – December 17, 2012
As the children of a wonderful man, we regret to announce the passing of our dad, Alan Howard Collins at the age of 83. He passed away Dec. 17th at Prince George Regional hospital in the presence of family.
He leaves behind his loving & devoted partner of the last 28 years, Janet Mills, 2 sons Ron (Dawn) & Darrel (Lynn), and daughters Pat (Doug Dillman), Cheryl (Scott Wilson) & Joy (Blaine Doherty), as well as a combined total of 17 grand-children and two great-grand-children, siblings George, Albert, Gloria, Nancy, Marguerite and many nieces and nephews. Dad also leaves to cherish his memory Janet’s daughters Donna and Tamara (Jim) and son Steven.
Alan was born in Giscome and raised in South Fort George. He married our mother, Betty Ramona Johansen May 2, 1953. Dad worked in the logging industry for a number of years before taking the position as Deputy Warden of the Prince George jail. While working for the jail, dad became an active member of the John Howard Society and assisted many inmates in their transition from jail back into society. Dad later transferred from the jail to become a weigh master in Prince George before accepting a position as head weigh master for the Department of Transportation in Vernon in 1972. Truckers always referred to him as ‘A.H.’ which always made him laugh, right to the end, thanks guys! Dad was a long time member of the B.C. Government Retired Employees Association after retiring from the weigh scales.
After our mom passed away in 1984, dad met Janet and returned to Prince George in 1989. Dad’s love of the wilderness brought him back to the logging industry where he worked on heavy equipment and operated a D8 building logging roads well into his 70’s.
Dad’s favourite times were those spent with family and friends. For more than 50 years, he enjoyed his annual hunting trip to “Camp Chilcotin” with his dear friend and hunting partner, Phil Soehn and brother George (The 3 Kings), which he did till his 80th year. Family and friends always gathered with them, laughing so hard we often cried. Many great life lessons were learned during these times with dad’s passion for the great outdoors being passed on to us all.
Dad was predeceased by our wonderful mom Betty on April 9, 1984 after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Throughout mom’s battle, dad was always there, giving tirelessly of himself. We thank you for this dad. He also lost his parents Jess and Alice, his step-mom Katherine, brother Les & sister Joanie.
Dad, your legacy of love lives on. We will strive to live up to everything you have so unselfishly taught us through being a living example. We will be strong, forgiving, honorable, find humor in life and lend a helping hand when asked. Most importantly, we will love each other and give this freely to others that cross our paths. We love you dad… rest in peace… you so deserve it!