David Alan Gordon Collins

July  17th, 1955 January  12th, 2024
Christchurch, New Zealand
David Alan Gordon Collins

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm
There's a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark

   (Gerry & the Pacemakers - you'll never walk alone)

Obituary

On Friday, January 12, 2024; aged 68 years young. It is with heavy hearts we share with you all that Dave passed away with 2 of his favourite Ginga Ninjas by his side. Dave was a cherished and devoted husband of Dianne, confidant, financial advisor, dad-joke teller, fiercely loyal and adored dad and father-in-law of the late Kimberley (KJ), Katie and Nick, Justin and Lydia, special grandad David of wee Peter, George and Millie. Dave was also an amazing brother, brother-in-law, uncle, fairy godfather, son, son-in-law, mate and friend to many. Dave devoted his life to caring for others, something he was passionate about his whole working life. Thankyou to the wonderful teams at Alpine View and Banbury Park Care Centres for the exceptional care Dave received, the many chats and laughs he shared with you all he really enjoyed and the nurse in him remained till the end with him sharing his knowledge and organizing you all. Messages to the Collins family, c/o PO Box 111-01, Christchurch 8443. It was Dave's instruction to be farewelled "his way" and this we did a few hours after his death.

Published in The Press on Jan. 15, 2024.

Timeline

1955
July 17th
Born in Portsmouth, England
1958
Emigrated to NZ from England
1971
Joined the NZ Army & served for 4 years
1975
Trained as a Registered Psychopaedic Nurse and worked at Templeton Hospital
1985
Met & fell in love with Dianne & Kimberley
1988
May 7th
Married Dianne
1988
November 17th
Kathryn (Katie) Samantha born
1999
Began working as a nurse at the Paparua Prison Health Unit
2002
Began working as a Clinical Manager at NZ Care Ltd

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Gordon Collins
Lilly Collins (nee Maloney)
Dianne Collins (nee Williams)
Chris Collins
Dawn McRae
Kimberley Dark (nee Collins)
Katie Collins
Nick Collins (nee Alsop)
Glen Collins
Chris Collins
Dawn McRae
Glen Collins
Dianne Collins (nee Williams)
Kimberley Dark (nee Collins)
Katie Collins
Nick Collins (nee Alsop)
David Collins

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Liverpool Football Club
What was David's favorite Food or Dish?
Anything cooked by his Ginger Ninjas
What was David's favorite Book?
Stephen King books
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SSDD
What was David's favorite TV show?
The Chase
Eastenders
Coronation Street
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