Memorial services for Frank L. Collins will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, in Alta Sierra at the home of his daughter.
Mr. Collins died Saturday, Feb. 15, in Grass Valley, from complications associated with cardiopulmonary disease. He was 81.
He was born on Aug. 26, 1921, in Manitoba, Canada. He moved to Toronto, where he married and established Collins and Greig Cartage, Ltd., a moving and storage business still operating. In 1960, he moved to Ontario, Calif., where he worked as a wholesale sales representative for Westinghouse. For 10 years he owned and operated Collins TV (“Bad Boy Collins, the Price Killer”) with retail stores in Ontario and Pomona. He was a co-founder of Associated Volume Buyers. He later worked as a sales manager for the Los Angeles branch of Admiral and a Crosley salesperson through G&S Distributing.
In 1995, Frank retired to Grass Valley where he was a member of Sierra Singles and director of the Alta Sierra Property Owners Association. During his tenure, he designed and installed three welcome signs at the three entrances to Alta Sierra, initiated the on going litter removal program, and managed the yard waste drop-off program.
He enjoyed gourmet cooking, Apple computers, woodworking, oil painting and telling jokes. He was a member of B.P.O.E. Lodge No. 1419 in Ontario, Calif.
He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda Collins and Gerald Kaczorowski of Grass Valley and Cheryl and Chris Judice of Phelan; sisters, Evelyn Propper of Wailuku, Maui, and Janet Zilinski of Winnipeg, Manitoba; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Senior Center.
For information regarding the memorial service, please call 273 0757.
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