The family of Jack Collins deeply regrets to announce his sudden passing.
Jack was born in Nanaimo BC to Glady’s May Collins and Raymond Lester Collins. He was the youngest of five to Verna the eldest, Gary his older brother, Gail his sister and Barbara the youngest sister. He is predeceased by wife Cindy, son Ricky Smith, and mother Gladys Collins. Jack leaves daughters Alissa Collins and granddaughter Myah, Crystal Smith and grandsons Ethan, Dayton, and granddaughter Janica.
When Jack was a toddler the family packed up and moved to Clinton BC where he lived until he was 16. The Collins Family then moved to Quesnel where his father and brother were logging. Jack finished his grade 12 at Quesnel Secondary School.
Shortly after graduation Jack wanted to become a carpenter. He took the hard way in life by applying at BCIT for an apprenticeship program making peanuts to become a journeyman.
The Quesnel Community benefitted from his Carpentry trade. As Jack had a reputation of being one of the best framer and finisher’s when it came to building people’s dream houses. There have been many homes built by his hand in the Quesnel and Williams Lake areas.
When times were tough as a carpenter Jack became a processor operator for his lifelong logging brother. Even though Jack had not worked in the logging industry in his early working years, he soon became a top rated heavy duty equipment operator. Due to a health issue he was forced to retire.
Jack was a good hockey player and even better baseball player. He played short stop and played for the infamous Kit Kat’s. He like all the Collins clan was a fast runner. He had an amazingly accurate arm gunning down runners at every base.
He even enjoyed playing cards and if you played with him, the competitive Collins nature would definitely be demonstrated.
Jack passes on the remembrance of confronting the battles in life, never giving up; making something out of nothing, become well respected, hardworking, loved and adored. He had a quiet and passionate nature to all that he knew as friends and family, a true friend to the end.
He will truly be missed by his family that adored him, and friends that cherished their