In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


George Collins


Customs Officer, Canada Customs


Born: 18 Aug 1926, Meadow, Lamaline, Dominion of Newfoundland


Died: 09 Jul 1998, Carbonear, Newfoundland


COLLINS, George - was born in the Meadow, Lamaline, Dominion of Newfoundland on the 18th of August, 1926 to George Collins and Mary Collins (nee Henebury). He was the youngest of four children. When George was only 4 years old his father passed away as a result of Stomach Cancer. His sister Theresa also passed away two years later from tuberculosis. His brother Michael, a WWII Royal Navy veteran, passed away in 1946 after being involved in a motorcycle accident near Stephenville Crossing, while working as a police officer with the Newfoundland Rangers. George's mother, Mary, would pass away in 1950.


Early in life George worked as a carpenter. In the early 1950s he got a job as a customs officer, working aboard the MARVITA in Fortune Bay. He worked as a customs officer for four years until he reverted back to carpentry in 1954, a few months before the MARVITA sank near Cape Ballard.


During the 1960s, George met Angela Hoskins who had recently moved to Lamaline to work as a teacher. The two married on July 16, 1966. In 1967, George and Angela would have their first child, Michael, named after George's late brother. They would have their second child, Jennifer, in 1969.


In the early 1970s, George suffered a heart attack and was legally no longer permitted to work as a carpenter. He began working as a fisherman, fishing with his brother-in-law, Patrick Flemming. The two fished together for the next 20 or so years. In 1995, George's daughter Jennifer would marry Paul Griffin of Carbonear, Newfoundland. After Jennifer and Paul completed construction on their new home in Carbonear, George and Angela would move into Angela's parents old house in Carbonear.


George passed away on July 9, 1998 at the age of 72 at Carbonear General Hospital. He left to mourn his loving wife Angela (died 2012), son Michael, daughter Jennifer (Paul), and sister Catherine (died 2005), Patrick (died 2006). George was laid to rest in St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cemetery in Carbonear, Newfoundland.


Later Jennifer would have two children, Monica and Anthony. Michael would go on to marry Elizabeth Turner in 2005, they later had two children, Sarah, and Benjamin.


Ships served in:

Department of Revenue Vessel MARVITA


FREDA M. (Schooner)


Customs Officers George Collins

Dept. of Revenue vessel MARVITA

docked at Fortune, Newfoundland

Credit: Jean-Pierre Andrieux's photo collection of Newfoundland vessels



 "Freda M." (Schooner), and men on the boat and the wharf
Description: Newfoundland schooner "Freda M." (built 1928).
Image No.: PF-055.2-R79
Image Location: Box18/pf055_2_r079.jpeg
Date of Creation: [After 1928]
Physical Description: 1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 8.5 cm
Source Donor: Donated by Capt. Harry Stone
Collection Title: Capt. Harry Stone Collection, Part 2

Restrictions on Access: Copyright held by the Maritime History Archive. No image from the fonds may be reproduced for research or publication without permission from the archivist.


The above photo is posted with permission of the Maritime History Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland



George Collins by the bridge of the MARVITA


Photos taken at Fortune, Newfoundland




Pages from George Collins' Discharge Book



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