Vina Paulette Collins (nee Cutler)

April 8, 1966 to April 8, 2024


The family of Paulette (Cutler) Collins is sad to announce her peaceful passing at the Health Sciences Centre on April 8, 2024 at age 58 years. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Paulette was the third born child of Lucy and David Cutler of Centreville, NL. Baby sister to Lawrence and Donna, she completed their little family. She was raised in Centreville, where, in her late teens, she met her life partner, Ivan Collins. Together, they would make a life in Ontario. First Scarborough, then Holland
Landing, where they would raise their 3 sons, Nicholas, Tyler, and Tyson. Once the boys were grown, they made their trip back home to NL, making St. John’s home base, with almost weekly visits to Centreville. From there, they would often continue on to their happy place, Fair Island, or “in over the road” to the cabin. Both Paulette and Ivan always had a large circle of friends. She was always happiest when her house was full. They were never a couple that would “let grass grow
under their feet”. There was rarely a time when they weren’t busy renovating a house or cabin. October 2021, Nana’s little man, Casey was born. He was the light of her life. Paulette accepted whatever life threw at her. She was truly a “Graceful warrior”.

She was predeceased by her parents Lucy (Pickett) and David Cutler, brother Lawrence, and parents‐in‐law Ella and Lawrence Collins. Leaving to mourn, with fond, and loving memories, husband, Ivan, sons Nicholas (Raelene ‐ the daughter she never had), Tyler and Tyson, and grandson, Casey. Her sister Donna Snook (Wayne), and 3 special nieces, Laura, Myra, and Lacey. Many brother and sister‐in‐law’s, nieces and nephews, extended family, including her work family from Bird Stairs, and a large circle of close friends.

Thank you to the cardiac team and CCU staff, Health Sciences Centre for their kindness and care. Also, to Carnell’s Funeral Home for assisting at this difficult time. Cremation has taken place. A gathering of family and friends will take place on Saturday, April 13th from 1‐5pm at St. Barnabas Church in Centreville.

In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully accepted and will be forwarded to a charitable organization previously support by Paulette.



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Ivan & Family,
we are very sorry to hear of Paulette’s passing. She was a beautiful person and will be missed by all that knew her. We have many great memories of Paulette on Aranton Court. We are thinking about you during this difficult time.

To Donna and all of Paulette’s family,

We have been thinking of you constantly these past few days. Your grief must be unbearable. There are no words to ease your pain, but please know that there are many out there who care and are hoping our prayers and thoughts reach you in some way.

Be there for each other in this most difficult time.

Condolences to all the family and this sad time. We have fond memories of Paulette in Ontario. Rest in peace.
Marie, Peter, Jane and Finbar McDonnell Toronto

Ivan and Family,
We are so heartbroken to hear of Paulette’s passing. She had a smile that would light up a room, and She treated everyone with kindness and love. Paulette had such a beautiful personality, and she will truly be missed. Please know we are thinking of you all during this difficult time, and we send all of our love.

Condolences to the family

Condolences to the family. Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Ivan and Family,
We were so very sad to hear of Paulette’s passing. She was such a beautiful person and will certainly be missed by everyone who knew her. We have many great memories of times spent with her. Our sincere condolences to all of you. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Cherish all the memories.

Ivan and all the Family,

Words can’t express how saddened we were when we heard the news, heartbroken to say the least. She was an energetic, smart and the sweetest soul. She certainly made an impression here at Bird Stairs and every customer who had the pleasure of dealing with her. Her family meant everything and the way her eyes would light up talking about her boys and her “little man Casey” . Gonna miss here her talking about packing up the coolers every Fri and waiting on Ivan to pick her up. Can still here her shouting “Mama Mia Capatano” Bless her heart! xo

Sending condolences to Paulette’s family and friends. I know this will be a difficult time for you all, hold close the wonderful memories.

We were very saddened to hear of Paulette s passing. Our deepest condolences to the entire family and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. So sad to be gone so young. RIP Paulette

We are very saddened to hear of Paulette’s passing.. Our deepest condolences to you Ivan and the boys.

Sorry to hear of Paulette’s passing…our thoughts and prayers are with you…..Melvin and Brenda(Cutler) Brown

Ivan and family
Our sincere condolences to all her family. and friends. We were all so heartbroken and shocked to hear of Paulette’s passing.. Paulette was such a beautiful young lady. She was an awesome coworker, always there to help wherever she could. She will be missed by all staff and customers of Bird Stairs . She always had a smile for everyone she saw. She was loved by all. Paulette was so very proud of all her family (all the boys she would say).. She would share her beautiful family pictures and stories with us. May all your precious memories help you through this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

So sad to hear of Paulette’s passing we were friends in Nl and Ontario. The memories we will always cherish, a beautiful soul taken way too soon… our condolences to Ivan and all of the families…. God Bless!!

Brown Family
Harold , Belinda ( Trinity) (Ontario )(Nova Scotia)
Melissa & Ryan Brown

I had the pleasure of meeting and spending quality time
with Paulette at the Bird Stairs Sales meeting. she was my
room mate and I enjoyed every min with her. Her heart
was bigger then then the world could handle. She will be missed dearly by the Bird Stairs family. We have a beautiful angel above us all. Sending prayers to your family and friends. thank you for allowing me to meet such a wonderful person. Cathy Currie

Sending my deepest sympathy.
I worked with Paulette and we had so many wonderful chats.
She truly was a beautiful soul.