Obituary: Clifford Philip Collins

October 14, 1934 – March 6, 2019

Clifford Philip Collins

Clifford Philip Collins (“Phil”) was born on October 14, 1934 and arrived in Cordova by steamship with his parents in 1939.  After graduating from Cordova High School and completing a bachelor’s degree through study at University of Alaska Fairbanks and Washington State University, he lived in Cordova and at Long Lake on the McCarthy road until leaving his “earth suit” behind while with family in Nevis, Minnesota on March 6, 2019.  He worked many years as the Cordova SeaLand station manager utilizing his Marine Staff Officer/Chief Purser license, was a U.S. Department of Commerce Certified Weather Observer at Merle K. (Mudhole) Smith Airport and loved to use his FAA Commercial Pilot’s license in commercial fishing.

As husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather he enjoyed a growing family heritage.  His faith in Jesus Christ that secures an eternity of fellowship with his Creator is a source of comfort for his family and friends.  He is preceded in death by both parents, Cliff and Jewel Collins (“Ampa and Honey”); previous wife, Judy Collins; and daughter, Karen Dollente.  He is survived by present wife, Mary Ann Collins; by son Michael Collins of Cordova, with daughter-in-law, Kari Collins, and their children, his grandchildren, Faith, Noah, and Grace; by adoptive son Adam Collins of Alabama; by grandchildren, Joshua Collins and Sharayah Dollente; and by great-grandson, Chandler Collins.

Graveside services will be held May 26, 2019 at the family homestead cemetery at Long Lake on the McCarthy Road at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Phil may be made to St. Jude Children’s Cancer Research Hospital at