It was with regret that the people of Thomastown heard of the death last week of John Collins, Comeragh Green, Lismore Heights, Waterford. John was a native of Thomastown, Co Kilkenny and lived at 44, Newtown Terrace, with his parents, the late Jimmy and Kathleen Collins and his younger brother, Dick. He went to school in Thomastown National School and his many school friends were sad to hear of his passing.
John and his wife Rene, lived for some time in England before returning to Waterford to settle with his family. He was well known in the Waterford area through his employment in the maintenance and after sales service in McInerney’s and was regarded as a true gentleman by all who knew him.
John was also associated with the Scouts in Waterford for over thirty years and his contribution as a Leader in the movement was much appreciated by all.
John had been ill for some months and died in Ardkeen Hospital on 21st March. The remains were removed to St Paul’s Church on Friday 23rd March. Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Paul’s on Saturday 24th and interment took place in St Mary’s Cemetery, Ballygunner
John was a keen cyclist and was a member of The Nore Valley Cycling Club, Thomastown, which took part in competitions around the country including Ras Tailteann with some considerable success.
His death brings back memories of his mother, Kathleen Collins who was well known in Thomastown as a talented knitter. It is worth noting that she knitted the sweaters worn by John and his fellow cyclists in the club.
Mrs Collins knitted all kinds of garments for all occasions and she was always in great demand. Aran Sweaters were one of her specialities and some of the stitches incorporated into the sweaters included, cables, diamonds, blackberry stitch, moss stitch to mention a few. At First Communion time she produced many little white cardigans and jumpers for the children. Small bouquets were fashioned with flowers from her garden for the girls at First Communion time.
The advent of the knitting machine gave her business a great boost as it speeded up the process. School jumpers were also made in her kitchen at number 44. Swiss embroidery was another technique used by her and many plain sweaters were given a lift with various animals and logos in vibrant colours.
The Collins family was well known and respected in the community. John’s father, Jimmy Collins was a builder and carried out a lot of work in Thomastown and the surrounding area. When he retired from the building work he collected the pools in the area for many years.
It is sad to note the passing of John and sympathy is extended to his wife, Rene, daughters, Jacqueline, Corena and son, Kieran. He is also survived by his brother, Dick, (London) and other relatives and friends.