Obituary of Neal Collins
February 20, 1925 – Lethbridge, Alberta
January 12, 2022 - Calgary, Alberta
Henry Neal Collins of Calgary, AB, passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at the age of 96 years.
Neal was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada on February 20, 1925. Neal graduated from the University of Alberta with a master’s degree in BSC Physics degree in 1947, BSC Petroleum Engineering in 1962 and a MSC Petroleum Engineering in 1964. Neal married Wilna Jocelyn (Joy) on October 16, 1952. Neal was a lifetime member of APPEGGA. He accomplished much throughout his life and was particularly proud of receiving Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 2011, also Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Cultures (Multi disciplinary) from the University of Calgary in 2011. Neal took up the bass clarinet and joined three bands, Rocky Mountain Band, Cappy Smart, and the Foothills Band. He played with the Cappy Smart band by invitation to New York City at the Carnegie Hall and Central Park. Neal’s most memorable vacation was when he traveled to the UK along with his youngest boy Mark. They visited numerous relatives and saw the countryside.
Neal’s favourite saying is “ohhhhhhhhhh!!????”
Neal will be most remembered for his love of being with family in Kelowna and Sylvan Lake, and any swimming pool.
Neal is survived by two daughters, Jody Deck (Dwaine) and Nancy Christophersen of Calgary; his son Murray Collins (Gloria) of Toronto, three grandchildren, Clint Deck (Amy), David Deck (Karri), and Adam Deck (Krystle) all from Calgary; and six great-grandchildren, Caitlyn, Connor, Caden, Jacob, Aria, and Ava all of Calgary. Neal is also survived by his niece Joanne Collins and great nieces.
Neal was predeceased by his wife Wilna Jocelyn (Joy) in 1980. Neal was also predeceased by his sons, John Collins and Mark Collins; his brothers, Alan Collins and Pat Collins; as well as his nephew, Allan Patrick Collins.
Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Funeral Home. Those attending will be asked to provide valid government identification (with name and date of birth) AND confirm one of the following: (A)Provincial vaccine record with QR code (paper or digital); OR (B)negative COVID test (within 72 hours); or (C)valid medical exemption (signed letter); OR (D)under 12 years of age. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed here.
In living memory of Neal Collins, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.