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John Preston Collie

March 3, 1941

November 12, 2023

John “Preston” Collie, 82 years who passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 12, 2023, at the Maison McCulloch Hospice surrounded by his loving family. Born in New Glasgow, Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Dear son of James Graham and Mary Isabel (MacQuarrie) Collie both predeceased. Survived by his wife, Marjorie (Keatley), two sons, Thomas William (wife Julie) of Thunder Bay and Trent James (wife Sarah) of Wasaga Beach, and five grandchildren, Brett and Chase of Thunder Bay and Samuel, Gillian, and Paige of Wasaga Beach. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Bill Keatley (Sandra) and niece Christine Keatley Hass (Rob Hass) and nephews, James and Gordon Keatley along with many family and friends on Manitoulin. He is sadly missed by cousins and friends in Nova Scotia where he spent his early years. He fondly remembers his younger days spent on Melmerby Beach and has returned to visit Nova Scotia on many occasions to visit throughout the years. The latest trip he was accompanied by his family and five grandchildren and shared time with family in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. He spent his life working as a Civil Engineering Technologist for Consulting Engineers doing construction supervision and design and always enjoyed his work. It was while working in the Toronto area that he met his wife and soul mate, Marjorie Keatley of 56 years. The calling of the north and particularly Manitoulin Island soon led them to the Sudbury area. They spent most of their summers at their camp on Lake Manitou at Rockville. It was here that Preston found his second home on the water and loved to have his family and friends around him. He especially enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren, who were the love of his life. They all shared many enjoyable times throughout their growing years. Preston always had a keen interest in sports and loved watching and discussing many hockey and football games and golf with his friends. His favorite was football and was a keen fan of the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers. With his family growing up and participating in local sports, he spent many winters volunteering for the Walden Minor Hockey. In his later years, he developed a keen interest in golf and enjoyed many years travelling to Florida where he enjoyed the beach and the ocean and golfing with his friends there. Preston enjoyed gardening and was always proud of his vegetables and especially his blue potatoes. However, he was a laid back, easygoing person and always took time to smell the roses. He leaves a legacy of loyalty, hard work and forever sharing love which he lived by example everyday. The family appreciates and would like to thank the staff at the Northeastern Ontario Cancer Centre. A special thanks goes out to all the staff and especially the nursing staff of the Maison McCulloch Hospice. Donations may be made to the Maison McCulloch Hospice or a charity of your choice. Memorial Service in the R.J. Barnard Chapel at the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch St., Sudbury on Saturday, November 25, 2023, at 11am. For those who wish to view the service online: https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/index.php?data=MTY5OTkyODgwMjI4MDg5NiZvbmVyb29tLWFkbWluJnZpZXdfYnV0dG9u
For donations or messages of condolence, http://www.lougheedfuneralhomes.com

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