In Memoriam: Frank Collins

Jan 24, 2015

IMG_0215.JPGFranklyn M. Collins of Lewiston, NY died at home after a long illness on January 14, 2015. Frank and his wife Joanne have owned a boat-access cottage on the north shore of the Upper Lake for about 30 years. A memorial service celebrating his life was held in Lewiston on January 24, 2015.

Frank and Joanne first became acquainted with Skootamatta Lake in the early 1970’s while visiting their close friends Bob and Penny Fitzgerald who owned a cottage in Sheldrake Bay. Being attracted to the Lake they sought to buy their own cottage and purchased their property in 1984, the same year that Bob and Carole King of Beamsville, Ontario purchased the adjacent property. Over the years Frank and Joanne also had close family friendship with the McBee family (notably Jeff McBee) who also has a cottage in Sheldrake Bay.

Ownership of the Collins cottage was recently transferred to their son David, so the property will remain in the Collins family for many years to come.

As an added note, Frank’s sister Patricia (Collins) Goodale and her husband Bruce also purchased their own nearby cottage on the Upper Lake in 1999 after making many prior visits to the Collins cottage,

Frank Collins was born in Toronto of Canadian parents in 1929. However, he spent most of his life in the United States in the Buffalo-Niagara area. He was married to Joanne Reid of Detroit in 1951 and moved to Lewiston, NY. They have four children: Susan McBee of Lewiston, NY, Robert Collins of Honeoye Falls, NY, Amy Collins of Fountain Hills, AZ and David Collins of Gibsonia, PA.

Frank graduated from Kenmore (NY) High School and had a track scholarship to Michigan State University where he graduated with a degree in chemistry. He graduated from the University of Buffalo with a doctorate in physics. He began working for Airco Speer in Niagara Falls. In 1978, he and a group of investors founded the Ohmtek Corporation where he was president for 10 years. He later moved on to become the CEO of Micropen Technologies in Rochester, NY. He holds numerous patents and has received many professional awards.

Frank was very active in church and the community activities. He was a member and elder of the Lewiston First Presbyterian Church and member of the Lewiston-Porter Board of Education for 20 years. He and Joanne were members of the Niagara Falls Country Club, Youngstown Yacht Club, and the HoliMont Ski Club. He was a National Chairman for the IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers). He was an avid sailor and sailed many times around Lake Ontario with Joanne in his boat “Ohm Sweet Ohm”. He and his family also enjoyed skiing, camping and traveling.

For more information contact: Patricia (Collins) Goodale, (518) 584-0588 and/or

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