Etc. -- James S. Collins' 1933 obituary
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An unedited transcription of a page 4 article from the 16 Mar 1933 Simcoe Reformer.


The death of a native of Simcoe in the person of James S. Collins, aged 71, occurred on Saturday at the home of his cousins, Mrs. John R. McLeod, John Street. For some months past Mr. Collins had been an invalid and last Tuesday he suffered a stroke.

Deceased was born in a house that was formerly on the site of the present Cold Storage property, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Collins. William and John Collins, the father of whom was the father of Messrs. Irvine, Edward and Albert Collins, were at one time the proprietors of  furniture business which later passed in the hands of Misner and Kendall, the shop being where the present Post Office now stands.

James S. Collins was twice married, the first wife being Miss Rachel Church of Otterville. To them was born a daughter, Ethel. Both and daughter died many years ago. The second wife was Miss Lillie E. Heath of Simcoe, and of this marriage, a son, Cecil was born. Mrs. Collins and her son died about 13 years ago.

Deceased bought out the men's furnishings store of William Perry, brother of Mrs. A. P. Mackay, where Carter and Son now carry on a similar business, selling out some years later. He spent some time in Michigan, and returning to Simcoe, was for a long time on the staff of the H. S. Falls store until he retired from active life some years since. His favorite pastimes were gunning and fishing. He was a member of the Simcoe Baptist Church.

The sole survivor of Mr. Collins' immediate family is his sister, now Mrs. Wm. Creswell of Lindsay, who reached his bedside in time to be recognized by him.

The funeral was held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. McLeod at 2.30 Monday afternoon, with Rev. F. H. Wentworth, assisted by Rev. A. B. Ferguson, conducting the service. The bearers were Messrs. W. L. Innes, Harvey S. Falls, George Luscombe, Albert Collins, George Awford and John Green. Among those from a distance attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Creswell, a brother-in-law, Mr. Thomas Church, and daughter of Otterville, Mr. and Mrs. Atken of Otterville.

Interment was made in Oakwood Cemetery.

[Compiler's Comments: The 1933 Cold Storage site is the 2013 site of Simcoe Town Mall. It interrupted Head Street between West Street and Chapel Street. The 1933 Post Office was on the northwest corner of Kent & Peel Streets. See a pdf of a scan of the source article, contributed by Doug Kragh of Tigard, Oregon.]

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