Etc. -- John Collings' 1925 obituary
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article in the 26 Feb 1925 Waterford Star newspaper. 

one of our oldest residents 
called home

The death occurred in this place on Saturday morning last of Mr. John Collings, at the age of 80 years, after an illness of about two years.

He was born in Chatham, Southampshire, England, in 1845, and came to Waterford in 1871.

For years he was engineer for Green Bros. in the old foundry on St. James street, and later in the new works on Nichol Street, where the Canners are now located. 

The Reliance Electric Manufacturing Co. took over the plant and he worked there until it was destroyed by fire, and afterwards was with the Bowlby Bros. canning factory for years.

As one of our oldest residents he was held in the highest esteem as a kind father to a large family who sincerely regret his demise, especially his daughter, Amelia, who has been his constant companion sin the death of Mrs. Collings in 1908. 

All the family were present at the funeral. They are Amelia, John of Chicago and daughter Muriel, 
Mrs. W. R. Pratt and daughters and Mrs. H. Kraft of Toledo, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Mills and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Collings, son and daughter, of Hamilton.

The funeral was held from his late residence on Monday afternoon and the interment took place in Greenwood Cemetery. 

The service was conducted by his pastor, Rev. H. Wilkins, and his remarks could not help but be appreciated by the family and friends. The pastor's acquaintanceship with the deceased was very intimate during his residence here and his reference to the heart to heart talks he had with him could not help but be assuring and of comfort to the family.

Mr. T. C. Savage sang two beautiful solos -- "When I Shall Fall Asleep," and "The Touch of His Hand On Mine."

Many beautiful foral offerings testified to the high esteem in which the deceased was held and most conspicuous among them were flowers from Chicago friends whom the deceased had met during visits to that city.


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