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Fred A Collins

Tampa, Florida

Oct 28, 1928 - Sep 11, 2011

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My thoughts and prayers are with the Collins Family. I worked for Mr. Collins at Community First Credit Union (formerly IMC CF FCU). He was a great man to work for, very kind and fair. He was missed greatly when he retired. I feel very blessed to have known him.

Fred was my only real Dad as my father died early, but he was such a great man that I always called him Dad when ever we spoke. I am so glad that he is out of the disease that was so slowly killing him. Let us hope that they find a cure soon. To just call him a great man is not enough as he was so many things to so many different people. He always had good advice if you asked him for it. I always did. so now we are left without him but our memories are full. Bye Dad

My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every member of Mr. Collin's family. I started to work with him in 1985 and worked @ IMMCF for 10 years. He would always tell us funny stories about his travels between home and Mulberry and sometimes would come into the lunchroom and have lunch with Cindy and I, especially if we were having hotdogs with onions! He was nice to work for and usually had a smile on his face. I know he will be missed by all who knew him.

Mr. Collins was a great boss to work for. I started with IMC-CF FCU in 1988, I was only 19 years old. Mr. Collins was like a dad to me. One of my funniest memories is when we were at one of our Christmas parties and we were all dancing on the dance floor and I was tired and was going to sit down and Mr. Collins grabbed me by the hand and said where are you going we are dancing. I was beat and he was still going strong. He was just a very special person not only to me but many others. My...

May God Bless your family in this time of sorrow. Mr. Collins was a wonderful and kind man, and such a pleasure to work with in years past. He will be greatly missed.

My grandfather was a great man and mentor. Any one who ever knew him was instantly mesmorized not only by his intelligence but also by his wonderful charm. He was a legend. His life story is an amazing one. He was the son of a North Carolina farmer and a simple housewife. He started out at the bottom and worked his way to the top. I always admired him growing up and he really was the one who gave me the ambition and drive to succeed. He was proof that you can do anything you put your mind to....

My coondolences to Mrs. Collins and famjily.
Royall Brown

I only met Fred a few times but he was always friendly and had a welcoming smile. Pam always spoke very highly of him and that's enough for me. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

My condolences to all of Fred's family


Fred's Obituaries

COLLINS, Fred Arbour, 82, entered into rest September 11, 2011. Fred was born October 28, 1928 in Mackeyes, North Carolina the son of a farmer and a homemaker. He came to Tampa in 1950 and drove for Tampa Transit in the City of Tampa for 18 ½ years. Fred was the Treasurer of Union 1464, Manager...

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