Patrick (Sam) James Collins
1943 - 2020

In the afternoon of July 27, 2020, while holding Bev’s hand, Pat passed away from Glioblastoma at Riverview Health Centre.

Pat was born in Winnipeg on May 23, 1943. His early childhood was spent living with his grandparents in Brandon. He had many fond memories of being with Granny and Grandpa, picking mushrooms and blueberries, and riding the train. Pat enjoyed his summer holidays with his cousins on the farm near Lavenham, MB.

Pat started school in Winnipeg while living with his mother, Margaret, on Edmonton Street. At school he became friends with Bob, Budd, and Dave, earning the nickname “Sam”. Whenever he got together with these good friends, there was always laughter and stories told about the things done by Sam.In 1967 Pat gave Margaret away to George Bray, who was a father to Pat before and after their marriage.

Pat began with Poole Construction (now PCL) in 1969. His early duties were Payroll, Safety and Hourly Personnel Co-ordinator. He met Bev at Poole and they married in 1981 and were named Jack (the Ripper) and Mary (Poppins). Pat retired from PCL on December 31, 2002, spending the last few years working in insurance. As a member of the Retirees Breakfast Club, he enjoyed monthly breakfast get-togethers.

After spending some time at West Hawk trailer village, Pat and Bev purchased their beloved cottage at Royal Lake, ON. Pat truly loved lake life and all its offerings from fishing, pontooning, quadding, snowmobiling, Bev’s smudges, cutting wood, splitting wood, piling wood, burning wood! He had fun with Paige, Quinn, Harvey and Deb, Jean-Marie, Courtney and family, Drew and family. Happy hour and ‘B’ Cruises with dear friends at the lake were very special to him.

A few of Pat’s favorites were playing pool, cribbage, Labatt’s, potatoes, anything with chocolate, cottage coffee, the Winnipeg Jets, dogs, bbq’s, western movies, but mainly relaxing with family and his friends.

Recently Pat was predeceased by his sister in-law Nancy Anderson. They shared a special bond, a great love for the outdoors, and enjoyed red wine with interesting names.

Pat fought this cancer for two years. Many thanks to Dr. Kakumanu and nurse Kim P. at CancerCare, the caring staff at Riverview for making Pat comfortable in his final days, and looking after Bev. Special thank-you to the drivers of Wheels of Hope, the First Responders, Home Care staff, to Paige and Jean-Marie for always being available, Bev’s family, our neighbors, and to all for keeping Pat in their prayers and hearts.

Cremation has taken place. To honour Pat’s request, there will be no funeral. His wish was for us to celebrate his life by sharing food, drinks, stories and laughter together once Covid-19 restrictions make it safe to gather.

If so desired, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, Riverview Health Centre Foundation, or Winnipeg Humane Society.

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” – A.A. Milne

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