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Garth Collins

January 4, 1942 - April 9, 2012


Phiip John GARTH Collins
It is with great sadness that we announce that Garth,our loving husband and father passed away quietly on April 9, 2012 in Nelson, B.C.after a long struggle with front temporal lobe degeneration.

Born in Trail, B.C. on January 4, 1942 to Amy and Harry Collins, Garth was the eldest of 8 children.
He attended elementary school in Fruitvale and J.L. Crowe High School in Trail. Garth graduated with a B.Sc. in Forestry at the University of British Columbia. After working in Victoria and Duncan BC as a forestry consultant, Garth returned to the Kootenays and taught forestry at Selkirk College in Castlegar for over 25 years.

He was a quiet, patient man who was always generous and thoughtful. Garth loved music. He played the guitar and the fiddle with the Old Time Fiddlers and The Quarter Notes, and founded the Kootenay #9 Workshop for the BC Old Time Fiddlers. It”s been ten years now and this workshop continues to flourish attracting more students every year. When we moved to Nelson in 2003, he became involved with the local Blue Grass group.

His passion for the outdoors is reflected in his love of fishing, hiking, skiing, golfing and sailing. While living on an acreage in Passmore we raised sheep, chickens, pigs, grew a large garden and enjoyed maintaining the property. During summers we travelled across Canada, Europe, and down the Oregon coast. After retirement we spent a year in Japan and later took a number of cruises.

Garth is survived by his wife Grace Devaux, and children Quentin,
Melanie, and Keiko. He is also survived by his mother Amy Collins,
and his siblings Shirley (Don)Taylor, Alayne (Leo)Matzner, Karen (Bill)
Duncan, Howard (Shauna)Collins, Chris (Brenda)Collins. He
will also be dearly missed by his large extended family.

The family would like to thank Mountain Lakes, Broader Horizons, and
all his care-workers who cared for Garth with so much compassion during his last few
years. I would also like to thank Dr. Trevor Janz and Cristina Lidstone for their special efforts.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Mountain Lake Seniors Community Staff
Relation: care givers

Garth strumming his guitar, with a twinkle in his eye, is my first memory of him. He was generously sharing his love of music with the residents at Mountain Lake.
Many more musical moments have been shared over the past few years. We are grateful that Garth expressed his love and appreciation for these moments; he touched our hearts.

We send our support and appreciation to his family who showed gentle kindness on their visits. Garth will be missed by us.

From: Diane Ermacora
Relation: played music with Garth

I send hugs and light to you Grace and Quentin; I spent many fun hours playing Old Time Music with Garth. He would pick me up in Vallican and together we would go to Castlegar to play. He was always gentle, humble and quiet. I send blessings for Garth’s next journey and when we will meet again.

From: Gary Krestinsky
Relation: Prof - student

I would like to express my sadness and condolences to Garth’s family. Garth was one of my forestry profs at Selkirk College in the mid 1970s. He was a very good teacher and was well respected by all the students for both his knowledge and his character. May he rest in peace.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
April 14, 2012
Beginning at 10:30am

Passmore Hall
3656 Passmore Old Road
Nelson , BC Canada

3656 Passmore Old Road
Nelson , BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:
Association for Frontotemoral Degeneration at




Radnor Station Bld 2, Suite 320

290 King of Prussia Road.

Radnor, PA 19087

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