Ron passed away peacefully at the Crowsnest Pass Hospital on Tuesday evening December 17, 2019. Dad was born in Coleman, AB to Herman Collings and Mary (Lemear) Collings and remained there most of his life leaving only to go away to play hockey. Ron was an athlete from an early age playing all sports through his life from baseball, curling, & golf, but his passion was hockey. At 17 he went to play with the Drumheller Miners, Coleman Grands and a couple of years he played with the Nelson Maple Leafs in the WIHL. Toby loved his fly-fishing from an early age and continued doing so while he was strong enough to walk the rivers, from the Elk River, Livingstone River and Alexander Creek with his sons and grandsons. There were many fishing memories from the many trips with his family Collings’ and Jenkins’ and of course lots stories of the big one that got away.
At 33 years old Dad went back to school at SAIT to take Petroleum Technology on the advise of a smart man, Cyrus Fabro and that was the start of a long 32 year career with Westcoast Energy, Saratoga Gas Processing Ltd. Dad was a member of over 64 years with BPOE Lodge #584 and over 30 years with the A.F.& A.M Sentinel Summit #26. He was also an active volunteer within the Crowsnest Pass community.
Ron was predeceased by his loving wife of 64 years D. Doreen Jenkins in August 2017; his parents Herman and Mary; his very special in-laws George (Shorty) & Phyllis Jenkins; his sister Hazel; brother Weston; and granddaughter Candance.
Left to celebrate his life is his daughter Susan (Norman) Hodgson; sons Dean (Pauline), Garth, Gary (Michel) and Grant (Sue); his grandchildren Tamara (Robert) Schwindt, Katherine, Justin, Landen and Olivia; his special great grandchildren Ashton & Londyn Schwindt and Theo Collings; brother-in-law George & Madeleine Jenkins; brother-in-law George Davey; Very Special Niece Catherine (Bill) Cherlenko; nephews Michael, Jake (Cyd), Bobby Collings; nephews Brett (Catherine) Jenkins, Mark (Carla) Jenkins; his very special cousins in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island; and the many extended Collings & Jenkins family members.
Dad and Mom had so many close and wonderful friends that lasted from childhood and on. We would like to thank them for their kindness, friendship and support. We would also like to thank Karen Shue a very special lady from Home Care, all the staff at the Crowsnest Pass Lodge who went over and beyond with kindness and care and the staff at the Crowsnest Pass Hospital and Extended Care. Our hearts are full of gratitude to all.
Papa we will miss you always but know you are out walking with Mom and Yogi down a beautiful path along the water and we thank you and Mom for your unconditional love and support throughout our lives.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Crowsnest Pass SPCA (PO Box 725, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0), the Parkinson Association of Alberta (#120 – 6835 Railway St. SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2V6), or the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation (PO Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0) would be gratefully appreciated.
A Celebration of Life for Ron and Doreen will be held in early spring 2020 at Fantin’s Funeral Chapel.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555
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