Wilson Stuart Collins (P. Eng)

October 15, 1935 to November 20, 2020


To view the online service for the late Wilson Stuart Collins on Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 at 10:00AM, from the Carnell Memorial Chapel, please follow link below:


Passed away peacefully at home with Pat by his side on Nov. 20, 2020 at the age of 85. Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec on Oct. 15, 1935. Affectionately known as Bill, Wis, Willie, Uncle Herman and Bompey. Predeceased by his first wife Rosalind (nee Cumby) in 1982.

Leaving to mourn with many treasured memories his beloved wife Patricia; children Susan, Doug, Lisa (Wayne), Christy (Gary) and step-daughter Erica (Richard); grandchildren of whom he was so very proud Sidney, Sierra, Theo (and their father Gary Perry), Nick and Lila. Also leaving to mourn dear brother Kerry (Sherrill), cousins Doris, Beverley, Susan, Alice, Louise and Adelaide, and a very large circle of family and friends.

At his request, cremation has taken place. A visitation will be held from Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Rd, on Monday, November 23 from 2:00PM-4:00PM and 7:00PM-9:00PM. A funeral service will take place from the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, November 24 at 10:00AM, with interment to follow at the Hopeall United Cemetery, Hopeall, Trinity Bay.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the ALS Society.



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Dear Pat,
So sorry for your loss.
Recuarde los lindos momentos y que fue una excelente esposa para Bill.

Margarita Dawson

Pat and family.
It is with great sorrow that we heard of Bills passing. Words cannot express the impact he had on my life and career and the esteem I have for him as a friend, mentor and engineer. He was one of the kindest gentleman I had the privilege to know . Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Pat, so sad to receive your call this evening to say Willie had passed away. Our sincere condolences to you and the family. He was just a month older than Bob whose birthday was the day of the funeral. They along with Bill Maher and Harold Anderson first met in the late 50’ s while working for the Quebec Cartier Mining Railway and then while working on a transmission line in Ghana, West Africa. Over the years we managed to get together in Ottawa first when the family visited at our home in the early 80 ‘s. In 2002 Bob and I spent a holiday in St. John’s where Willie took us on a tour of the West Coast Trail and showered us with Newfoundland hospitality. We sometimes met at Bill and Barbara’s cottage in Mattawa, ON where we first met you, Pat. You can only imagine the stories when those four guys got together. They all travelled world wide. Wonderful guys and wonderful memories. We will miss the three of them.
We were glad we had the opportunity to view the funeral service and hear the kind words so well deserved.

Sincerely, Carmel and Bob Forbrigger Ottawa

Pat; My heart is so saddened to hear of your loss. Heartfelt condolences to you & your family on Wilson.s passing. He will be forever in your best memories.. I remember him accompanying you at our FLK Taoist Tai Chi functions throughout the years . He was such a nice man. Keeping you & your family in my prayers , Take care & God Bless.. Doris

Dear Pat
Please accept my deepest sympathy. I know the loss of someone loved can be devastating.. For such time friends are there to help you carry on.
Hope to see you back at tai chi as soon as possible.


Dear Pat, Lynn and I are very sad to learn about the passing of our friend Bill. He has been for us not only a wonderfull ans succesfull engeneer but especially a true gentleman and a very good friend. Condolences to you, Pat and to the family. RIP, dear Bill.

Pat and family my condolences go out to you and your family on the passing of your husband Bill who I had meet through Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi. May he Rest In Peace..

Dear Pat, I sympathize with your loss and your grief. and wish you peace and serenity.. In memory of Bill, I am subscribing to the Gaspe Spec. If not for Bill and your kindness I would not have rediscovered my cherished Gaspesie…

Pat I’m so sorry for your loss . Know that I am thinking of you and sending you lots of love. Treasure all your wonderful memories.

Joyce Doyle

Dear Pat
Please accept our deepest condolences on Bill’s passing. You always spoke so fondly of him, and although we didn’t have the privilege of knowing him personally , we were always pleased to see him with you at our various functions , especially Chinese New Year. May your memories bring you comfort at this difficult time, and know that you are in our hearts and prayers.

Annie Hickey
On behalf of
Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi

To Pat and extended family.
Condolences to you Pat on Bill’s passing
I got to know him and you at the annual Newfoundland Stamp club dinners.
A great gentlemen.RIP
Michael Boyle

Dear Pat,
We are so sorry to hear that Wilson has passed away. Condolences to you and the family at this very sad time.

The condolence by Anonymous is from Gerhard Bassler

Dear Pat. I am so sorry to hear of Wilson’s passing. We got to know him as your wonderful companion. You were one of Tonya’s closest friends.

Dear Pat,
Joe and I are very sorry to hear of Wilson’s passing.
Our sincere condolences to you and the whole family.
Joe and Carolyn Hodych

I am very sad to hear of Bill’s passing. My condolences to his family and friends.
I worked with Bill early in my professional career for close to a decade. We worked on marine and fisheries infrastructure projects through out Newfoundland. I was the junior engineer, he was the senior structural engineer and project manager. We travelled extensively and socialized frequently. We was a great guy to be with and one of the best as mentor. I never recalled Bill ever being harsh or angry, always a true gentleman and excellent engineer. I always admired that fact we had a common Newfoundland name, but spoke French fluently, because he grew up in Quebec. While we have not been contact in many years, I know he loved to travel around the world, bringing his engineering knowledge to world class marine projects internationally and did so successfully.
Rest in peace, my colleague

Dear Pat and family,
My sincere condolences to you all. . Bill always had a broad smile like sunshine, no matter what the weather. He will be greatly missed.

Bill was not only a great structural engineer, but also a man of many other talents and interests. He will be remembered for the La Manche Bridge as already noted as well as the Bear River Bridge in Nova Scotia. Rest In Peace, Bill!

Condolences to the Collins family on Bill’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with him on numerous marine and civil projects since 1970 – he was the best engineer that I have ever dealt with.

Sending my sincere condolences to your Entire Family .

My condolences to Bill’s family and friends. I had the pleasure of working with Bill many years ago. He was a lovely man to work with.

I was so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I have known him for more than 25 years. We first met in the early days of the development of the East Coast Trail and spent many enjoyable days on the trails. I have particularly fond memories of a two day trip from La Manche to Brigus South on which Bill was proudly joined by his, then young, grandson Sidney. His contributions to the development of the trail are incomparable. I can’t visit many of the structures he designed, most notably the La Manche Bridge, without thinking of him. I will miss his smile and his friendship. I trust that his family will be comforted by many wonderful memories of a life well lived.

I had the extreme pleasure of working with Bill during our BAE Group days. Our paths continued to cross over the past 30 years and he always amazed me with his passion and knowledge of the engineering profession. He was a true gentleman who certainly had a positive influence on many people. My sincere condolences to your family.

My condolences to the Collins family, so sorry for your loss. Over the years, I had the pleasure as a contractor to work with Bill on the construction of a few marine projects. He was a very knowledgeable engineer and a true gentleman.

To Bill’s family: I had the very great pleasure of working with Bill on the Hibernia Project. We used to drive out to Bull Arm every Monday morning and return to St John’s on Friday afternoon. Bill was a great engineer and a very fine person.. we had a lot of laughs together even though the work was very difficult and stressful at times. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies.. He was a special person.

Dear Pat, we were saddened to hear of Wilson’s passing.
Our heartfelt condolences to you and all the family.
John and Elke Molgaard

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We worked together on many projects years ago when I was with the Provincial Government. My sincere condolences to Bill’s family.

Condolences to the Collins family.
Sincerely Albert Noftal

So Sorry to hear of Bill passing, our taughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. We worked together for many years, he was a very nice person always with a smile and something good to say, he was a true friend. We attended our 25 quarter century award in Montreal together. Condolences to Pat and family.

Our sincere condolences to Bill’s family.
John and Elizabeth McGrath

My sincere condolences to Bill’s family. I had the pleasure of working with Bill for a number of years – a respected Engineer and a pleasure to work with. Hold on to your special memories.

Elizabeth Thistle

A true friend and colleague. RIP

My sincerest condolences to Bill’s family. Bill was always there to provide advice and help when needed. He was a great contributor and left his mark throughout the world and an individual that I took pride in working with. I will truly miss his stories and recaps of his adventures.

I had the pleasure of working with Bill for 20 years. I always enjoyed his company and perspective. We had many good chats about outdoor activities and hobbies over the years. He is a very respected engineer and I take great pride in having known him and worked with him directly. Condolences to his family at this difficult time.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family, Christy.

So very sorry and sad to hear that Bill has passed away. I have fond memories of working with him many years ago. A kind and gentle soul. Condolences to his family at this difficult time.

Lloyd and I send a message of deepest sympathy to the family of Bill Collins. I’m sure you can look back on many happy memories which will help at this difficult time..

So sorry to read of Bill’s passing. I had the great pleasure of working with Bill many years ago. A talented engineer with a most pleasant personality. A true gentleman.
Don Rideout

Christy, I’m sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I’m thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.

So sorry for your loss Christy, may you and your entire family have the strength to bear this irreplaceable loss.

Lisa and Family
My deepest condolences to you, Wayne and Nick. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. I know you will hold many happy memories of your father always.

Dear Pat,
Keith and I send our sincere condolences to you and your family. We were saddened to learn of Wilson’s death.

Our sincere condolences to Bill’s family. On his passing
Bill was one of the finest gentlemen that we were privileged to call our friend.

Thelma and Albert

My very sincere condolences to Bill’s family on his passing.
It was so hard to learn that.
Bill was a good friend. We met us several times in St. Pierre especially for the philatelic events.

Lisa and family,

So sorry for the loss of your father. I hope your many fond memories of your dad help you get through this difficult time. Sending you a virtual hug.

My very sincere condolences to Bill’s family on his passing. He was lovely person and a dedicated and long-serving friend to the East Coast Trail. He will be missed

Dear Pat and Family,

My deepest sympathy for your family’s loss. Bill will be missed in the engineering community in Newfoundland and across the world, really. His legacy will live on global projects he has competed, and most importantly in the people he has mentored and coached along the way. As one of them, he will be with me always.

Pat and families, I was so sorry to hear of Wilson’s passing. I only met him a few times but he seemed
Such a gentle man.. I know you’ll miss him and hope your memories get you through the difficult times. Hugs.

Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

Pat, please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your husband. Thinking of you and your family. Sincerely, Linda Bartlett

Dear Pat, Susan, Doug, Christy ,& Lisa & Erica, Fred (uncle Freddie to Willie’s children) and I are very saddened to hear of Willie’s passing. He was a true friend and mentor to Fred and a close friend to both of us. He never forgot Fred’s birthday and we always loved our visits when time allowed while we were home. We will remember the stories from 1963 on wards and cherish the wonderful memories always. We would be home for his celebration of life if Covid was not amongst us at this time. We will join you by the live stream service . Much love to all of you at this sad time. Fred and Judy Carpenter Halifax

To Bill’s Fa,mily, So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing . We go back a lot of years from our RSRES days & good times together. Cherish your memories of a wonderful man. May he Rest In Peace.. Ron & Pat Samson

Pat, Susan, Doug, Lisa, Christy and families, our sincere condolences on the passing of Bill., a real gentleman. We have known him since our Quebec Street days when our children were growing up. He was a great friend and neighbour. May you find comfort in your many memories.

I was sorry to hear that Bill had passed away. From knowing Bill and reading these condolences I am thinking what a different world we would have if we could all live such a long, full and meaningful life. He was indeed a special man. My condolences to his family and friends.
Walter Tucker

We were saddened to read of Bill’s passing. We’ve shared a lot of wonderful trips, hikes and dinners over past years. Sincere sympathy to his family.

I was sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult times.
Joyce Pritchett

Pat – I was sorry to hear of your losing your husband. I don’t think I ever met him but knowing you, he must have been a very special man.
Jill Whitaker

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a friend and coworker for many years and freely shared his knowledge and expertise with many of us in the workplace.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

So sorry for your loss with Uncle Willie’s passing.

Ed Cumby and family

Dear Pat and family,
Maxine and I are saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. He was a true friend and mentor to many of us in the engineering community. Although his generous spirit was typically hidden by his modest nature, many have learned through the grapevine of many contributions he made to our society over the course of his exceptionally long career. The engineering design of East Coast Trail’s suspended bridge at La Manche is one example of that many unsung gifts he left us. They say that only the good die young, and that is true of Bill, whose inquisitiveness and youthfulness was always evident. RIP Bill.

Rest In Peace Bill! You were a man with a heart of gold!

Lisa and family. Our thoughts are with you during this time. Sending our love and condolences.

Dear Pat, Anita and I are very sad to hear about the passing away of my dear friend Bill, RIP. Our condolences to the family, our thoughts are with you and the family.

Bassem EID and Anita Carroll

Lisa and family, so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Sincerest condolences. I hope you take comfort in cherishing the many wonderful memories you have. Sending love and warm hugs.

Kaylah, Jonny and Zofiah

Sincere condolences to all of Bill’s family and friends. Christmas Eve this year won’t be the same without him. He was a very dear person and will be missed. God Bless!

Saddened to hear of Willie’s passing. Have some great memories of his time spent in Hopeall. Sincere condolences to Pat and his children. Rest Easy Old Friend.