Remembering Mr. Collins.
Something wonderful happened when we started The Tiniest Tiger’s facebook page. We met and became friends with many people that we would not have had the opportunity to meet without the power of social media. Our page was created to unite friends that love and care about all cats big and small. But we don’t limit our love only for cats, we care for all living beings.
From the beginning of the page, when we only had a few members of our community, we had the good fortune to meet Mr. Edward Collins, through his daughter Janet when they clicked Like on our facebook page. Over time, we have become friends sharing happiness and laughs but unfortunately, also sadness and tears. As we make our way through this world, we all know that no day is promised and we must remember to do the best we can to be kind and loving to everyone that shares our lives.
I am super sad to tell you that Mr. Collins crossed the Rainbow Bridge on April 14, 2013. One thing I know for sure is he was greeted by his special best feline friend Saber and Janet’s Maggie, and many more cats and animals that he loved so much.
Mr. Edward Milton Collins was a perfect example of living his best life for those he loved. Mr. Collins was a man of faith and a devoted husband, married to his wife Virginia for 62 years. A great father, his daughter Janet described him as a true dad, always strong and loving. He loved being a student and a teacher with four college degrees including a Master of Art in Library Science.
Mr. Collins was so passionate about books and making sure that everyone had a chance to learn to read that he established libraries not only in the United States but also in Ghana where he was teaching and in Nigeria where he became the Librarian.
Sometimes when I would be writing I would be thinking I hope Mr. Collins likes my story. His daughter Janet would show him our posts
and when I was being a little mischievous he would say “Oh that Gracey.” Thinking of this now makes me smile. I am so happy that I could bring a bit of joy into his life because he sure brought a lot of joy to many people.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. His spirit and love will live on and that is what gets us through the difficult times. Remember the good and happiness. That is something I think he might have said to us.
Would you be so kind as to join us in lighting a candle in honor of Mr. Collins? He was one of my first friends when we started The Tiniest Tiger community and will always be in our hearts, even if our hearts are broken, remembering him and his love for all living beings will help us heal and go on.
Elizabeth Flynn says
Such a wonderful Tribute. I did not know Mr. Collins, but I do know his daughter, Janet, from Facebook as well. If he was half as kind as she is, he was an amazing person. My thoughts and Prayers go out to Janet and her family at this difficult time.
He seemed like a very nice sweet and gentle man…In our thoughts
Marilia Bavaresco says
oh! So sorry about your lost.
So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend… It sounds like he was a very kind man and the exact type of person we need more of in this crazy world. RIP, Mr. Collins.
You have garnered many friends over the years who have connected with this beautiful site. I know it is true for me that reading this site connects me with you.
Nikki C. says
Beautiful tribute to such a giving, caring, and loving individual. Thoughts & prayers to his family and all those that loved him.
Heidi P-O says
There’s a saying among librarians – “Old Librarians never die, they just get reshelved.” May you always have a book to read and a cat to love, Mr Collins.
Pam Kerstner says
Rip Thank You for all you have, RIP. This candle is lit in Honor of Kind and Gentle Sir.
Shirley Lalonde says
May he rest in peace and in heaven he care for all cats that has also made it to the rainbow bridge.
Sue Schlauch says
Rest in Peace, Sir
Sue Brandes says
Very nice tribute. Always sad to lose someone so loved.