Etc. -- Edward E. Collins' 1922 obituary
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An unedited transcription of a page 1 article from the 2 Mar 1922 Simcoe Reformer.

The Late Edward E. Collins

Another well-known Simconian passed away last Friday morning, Feb. 24th, in the person of Mr. Edward E. Collins.

Some four years ago deceased suffered from a stroke, but recovered sufficiently to be able to attend to his various duties. For the past four months he had been confined to his home, 243 John Street, where he died last Friday in his 72nd year.

The funeral was held on Monday afternoon last at 2 o'clock to Oakwood Cemetery, the services being in charge of Rev. H. C. Newcombe.

The pallbearers were all old friends of the deceased: Messrs. W. P. Price, Geo. H. Luscombe, I. D. Lawson, Dr. Wm. Burt, James Peachey and John Stalker.

The late Mr. Collins is survived by two daughters, Mrs. John R. Macleod of St. Marys, who has been in frequent attendance on her father for the past four years; and Miss Vera, at home; also four brothers and four sisters: Albert and I. G. of Simcoe; John of Saskatchewan; Frank of Brantford; Mrs. James Smith, Simcoe; Mrs. L. Beemer, Hamilton; Mrs. H. Smale, Waterford, and Mrs. E. [Himsley], Victoria, B.C. His wife, who was Miss Margaret Alma Collver, predeceased him, ten years ago April 1st.

"Ed," Collins, as he was more familiarly known, was born in Simcoe, October 11th, 1850, in a home where the present livery of Charles A. Chadwick stands. His father was the first undertaker in Simcoe.

For the past 42 years he carried on a business as a wagonmaker; was a fireman for over 40 years, first as [captain] and later brigade secretary; he spent several years as quartermaster of the old 39th Regiment; was assessor for several years; first division court clerk for fifteen years, and for nearly 45 years on the Advisory Board of the Norfolk Agricultural Society.

In religion he was a Baptist, and in politics a staunch and stalwart Conservative. He was also a member of the Canadian Order of Home Circles.

During the past 22 years he had spent a considerable time during the summer months at his cottage in Pt. Ryerse, and his figure will be greatly missed by the visitors of that summer colony. 

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