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June 12, 1936 - June 21, 2015


Gary passed peacefully in the emergency department of the Haliburton Hospital. Gary will be deeply missed and forever loved by Pat, his wife of 35 years. We were two peas in a pod. Gary leaves his dear brother Ken and family, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Joan and Tony and family and many friends and neighbours. Gary was born and raised in East York, obtained his CA degree and worked at and retired from Revenue Canada. In his early years, Gary was very active in sports and won many trophies for tennis and badminton, he was instrumental in creating the Dentonia Park Tennis Club, founder of the Outing Club of East York, CANSI ski instructor, voracious reader, philatelist having won many awards and a talented artist. So many friends enjoyed talking with Gary on a wide variety of mutual interests. Gary and I worked side by side creating our dream log home including his beautiful gardens. He spent his final days at our log home enjoying the sunshine on the deck wearing his Tilley hat.

As Gary requested, cremation has taken place and a memorial party will be held at a later date.

Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.

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Published in Toronto Star on Jun. 27, 2015.
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July 13, 2015
We were so lucky to be on a Canadian Empress St Lawrence river cruise many years ago and have the good fortune to meet up with Gary and Pat.From this meeting a great friendship developed with two wonderful people. We will sorely miss our conversations with Gary and wish we could have managed to have come over to Canada this year. Thank you Gary for sharing your enthusiasm,love and stories of your beloved country and for all you did for us during our stays with you. A wonderful friend, we will miss you Kath & John Tattum xxx
Kath Tattum
July 3, 2015
North Toronto Stamp Club
Gary was a revered member and exhibitor of the North Toronto Stamp Club, his great contribution and presence will be dearly missed..
NTSC Webmaster
June 30, 2015
Gary Collins the Exhibitor, a stalwart member of the North Toronto Stamp Club
NTSC Webmaster
June 28, 2015
Gary in October 2003
Brien Young
June 27, 2015
On behalf of Ken Collins (Gary's older brother), Barbara Snelling (nee Collins, Gary's niece) and Barbara's husband, David and their children Darryl and Terilyn, we wish to express our deepest and sincerest condolences on Gary's passing.

My father is disheartened at his brother's passing but has holds onto the many fond memories of his childhood with his younger brother Gary.

Gary is now with Grandma and Grandpa Collins and so many of our other family members that have passed before him. He is not alone!

May God Bless you, Aunt Pat, and may you be surrounded by good friends and family in this time of sorrow.


Ken, Barbara, David, Terilyn and Darryl
Barbara Snelling
June 27, 2015
Dear Pat, I remember Gary so well. Just as you and Gary began enjoying retirement, Sally and I adopted a child and had to forego the intense outdoor lifestyle that we had sometimes shared with you and Gary and other OCEY members. Thank you for your hospitality at your cottage when Sally and I went paddling on the Little Mississippi River. The Outing Club that Gary founded continues as one of the most successful outdoor clubs in the Toronto area and has been a positive influence in ours and many other people's lives.
Sally and and I share your loss.
Brien Young
June 27, 2015
Dad & I camping.
My Dad was the best Snoopy Hockey Player ever! He was so strong he could lift me up to touch the ceiling. I would greet him everyday after work with a great big hug. He could catch turtles & fire-flies, and make scary bear sounds. He taught me how to make a paper bomber aeroplane, and told me what colour a burp was (burple). I remember driving and camping all over the country with him, we went EVERYWHERE. I'd watch him read through knee deep piles of books and bags of pamphlets from trade shows. We liked watching Peter Puck together and taking Boo Boo for a nature walks. He loved gardening, oil painting and playing Risk 'til 6am with his cottage buddies. I remember helping him staple together newsletters for the Club. I remember the families on our street getting together one Victoria Day, consolidating all the firecrackers for one big show, but one lit fire cracker fell over igniting the whole stockpile! I have lots of great memories of you Dad. Hope you had great memories of me too.
Your daughter,
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