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The two Collins Radio Company of Canada buildings that were located in North York, Ontario
The two Collins Radio Company of Canada buildings that were located in North York, Ontario
11 Bermondsey Road (1956-1965). 150 Bartley Drive (1961-1991)
     

Collins Links:

Rockwell/Collins Toronto:

HF-80 History:
Since HF-80 System was produced continuously in Collins Toronto from 1977-1991, here are some important links:

 
Other Rockwell/Collins links:
   

Articles about Rockwell/Collins Toronto from Collins Pulse, The Rockwell Collins Museum Club:

Page Date Subject
2 Sep64 Collins Canada Delivers First 618T Transceivers
4 Apr66 Women at Work at Collins - Clara Wescott, Ruth Kennedy, & Mary Ann Powell
8 Oct67 Wins Top Award - Collins Display Booth At International Electronis Conference, Canada
7 Apr68 Toronto Switchboard. Ruth Kennedy is profiled
4 Aug68 In Toronto - TIC (Technical Information Center). Our wonderful librarian, Joan Hall is profiled
7 Feb72 MR-150, MR-1000, NR-2000: New Maritime Communication Systems
8 May72 Hanson Named President of Collins Canada
11 Sep72 Collins Canada Receives Order for Single Sideband Marine Equipment - $1.8 Million (MR-150/MR-1000)
14 Aug73 Ronald Montgomery Named President of Collins Canada
6 Oct74 Service Awards - Cedar Rapids and Toronto
10 Nov74 Collins Canada Receives Air Canada Contract
5 Dec74 Service Awards - Cedar Rapids & Toronto
4 Dec74 Toronto to Manufacture AN/URC-80(v)3 - Collins Canada
4 Dec74 Fifteen-Year Pins Presented - Collins Canada: Edith Turner, 200 Assembly Operator; VI Cartwright, Secretary to the Customs and Traffic Manager; Jo Kask, 274 Inspector. (Standing) Don Thompson, Test Technician in Receiving Inspection; Henry Kliewer, Manager - Customer Service; Willy Dobson, Supervisor of Material Control
10 Jan75 Service Awards - Cedar Rapids & Toronto
4 Jan75 Collins Canada - Collins Canada's Successful Women. Minta Beardsley, Ellen Robinson, Verna Grant, Edith Brown & Ethel Smith are profiled
11 Mar75 History of Collins
7 Apr75 Service Awards - Cedar Rapids & Toronto. Fifteen year pins: R.C. Laughlen, Dick Sidgwick, R. Edwards, Bill Marshall
10 May75 Service Awards - Cedar Rapids & Toronto - GRF 15 Years
9 May75 Fifteen Year Service Awards, Patent Filing Awards - Collins Canada:
Collins Canada engineers Les Iwata and Ken Lepper are presented with award checks for their invention of a radio-frequency switch mechanism used in a new automatic antenna coupler. Making the presentation is Hal Davis. President of Collins Canada, assisted by Don Gerrior, Director of Engineering.
2 Jun75 Service Awards - Cedar Rapids & Toronto


From the New York Times:

  1. Continued Operating Loss Reported by Collins Radio - LOSS CONTINUES AT COLLINS RADIO - Article - NYTimes.com. By JOHN J. ABELE; May 20, 1972.
  2. N. A. ROCKWELL DEAL WITH COLLINS IS SET
    The North American Rockwell Corporation announced yesterday it has consummated its stock purchase agreement under which it will make a $35-million cash investment in Collins Radio Company. PUBLISH DATE: September 3, 1971, PAGE NUMBER 39
  3. COLLINS RADIO CO. GETS NEW SUITOR - North American Rockwell Begins Talks on Affiliation COMPANIES TAKE MERGER ACTIONS - Article - NYTimes.com, May 20, 1971.
  4. Personality: An Inventor Dislikes Publicity
    Chief of Collins Co. Shuns Promotion, Enjoys Radio Executive Founded Concern on Device Made at Home
    Publicity-shy Arthur A. Collins, president and chairman of the Collins Radio Company, electronic equipment manufacturer, makes life rather frustrating for his public relations department.
    By JAMES J. NAGLE, PUBLISH DATE: October 1, 1961.

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Your Comments:
  • On May 2, 2016, David Dulmage from Spencerville, contacted me on the passing of his father Harry Dulmage on April 30, 2016 and who "worked for Collins Radio from 1956 to 1962 and was involved in the development and production of the AN/ARC-552 multi-channel UHF military aircraft transceiver."
  • On January 11, 2016, Jose Pedraza, retired officer from the Ecuadorian Navy contacted me and recounted his time spent in Toronto on training from April 1974 to July 1976 as part of the Peruvian Navy Program.
  • On Nov. 2, 2012, I received the following note by Ben W. Stearns, the author of the book titled "Arthur Collins Radio Wizard":

    "Jack Lupic:

    Thanks for your e-mail on your web page on Collins Canada -- very interesting. Unfortunately, I do not have much if anything to add to the material you have. Most of my dealings with Collins Canada were with Vincent Scott who was the Collins Canada representative for supplying news items for the company employee newspaper, The Pulse. Also with a few of the marketing people -- Jack MacQuarrie is one I recall.

    I also remember going to Toronto in 1962 for an interview with J. L. Plant, VP & CEO of Collins Canada. It was for a brochure we were doing on the various company operations. After a half-hour wait past our scheduled appointment time, he told me in his gruff manner to make this quick, he had a lot going on that day. After several questions I asked him about some WWII mementos on his credenza, and he spent the next half hour or more telling me war stories, mostly about the Berlin Air Lift. So much for his busy schedule.

    Best of luck on your endeavors.

    Ben Stearns" 

     

Here are some of former Collins employees that have contacted me thus far. If you want to write to any of them, drop me a note

  1. Eric Mabley: Jan. 13, 2016. New Lovell, Ontario. Eric worked at Systems Engineering and is married to Anita who also worked in the HR dept.
  2. Suzie Kennedy: May 14, 2015. She is Ruth Kennedy's daughter. 
  3. Susan Mullaley Walcott: April 20, 2015. Bob Mullaley's daughter (Bob started Canada operations for Collins Radio in early 1950's). She is asking if anyone has any photos or documents on Bob. You can drop me a note if you have anything.
  4. Cory Kennedy: March 31, 2015. She is Ruth Kennedy's daughter.
  5. Theresa Arbic Duncan: April 15, 2013, Springfield, Missouri who worked at Collins from 1960-1973. 
  6. Carol Stamp: April 5, 2013. West Guilford, Ontario who worked at Collins from 1959-1973.
  7. Fred Worsley, Oct. 27, 2012:

    "
    Hi Jack!

    I was an "early bird" Collins employee number 60: I suppose I was gone by the time you were hired and so we never had the chance to meet. I just wanted you to know that your Collin's tour and pictures are most appreciated: I don't know most of those pictured, however I do remember several. After some 44 years, I met Bill Banner at the Swiss Chalet in Scarborough, he told me of the monthly meetings at the Legion, and I have have attended them since. Collin's employees are the only former workplace friends I have continued a relationship with, and I've traveled through many organizations in my career... they're the best of people !!! Just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your efforts in keeping Collins alive!

    Best wishes, Fred
    ".

    P.S. There is some more information about Fred on Bill Banner's page.  Sad news: Fred passed away on Jan. 14, 2013.
Obituaries / Passings:
  • October 19, 2016 9:05 PM mail from Bruce Dickinson to Henry Kliewer.
    Norm Dickinson passed away on Oct. 18, 2016:


    Henry;
    It is with great sadness I need to inform everyone my father passed away yesterday after his battle with cancer.
    There will not be a service as per dads request.
    Can you please forward this to others as I don't have all the email addresses.

    Thank you.

    Bruce Dickinson

  • Aug. 24, 2016 note from Tony Punnett: Alberto Franchi's sister phoned me today to let me know that he had passed away 2 weeks ago from cancer in his leg. I have not been able to find his obituary on line.

    Regards,

    Tony

  • Harry Dulmage on April 30, 2016: worked for Collins Radio from 1956 to 1962 and was involved in the development and production of the AN/ARC-552 multi-channel UHF military aircraft transceiver."
  • Bill Eason (William): Passed away peacefully at Guelph General Hospital on Monday, February 1, 2016, at the age of 83. Beloved husband of Hazel (Smith). Dear father of Jerry MacDonald (Karen), Danny MacDonald, and Donna Parsons. Will be missed by grandchildren Tom (Erin), Kelly (Stuart), Danielle (Justin), Ashley, Kendal (Brandon), Jill, and Genna (Erik); and great-grandchildren Kaili, Emma, Maisie, Aiden, and Briley. Predeceased by his brother Orval Eason and sister Audrie Eason. Visitation will be held at the Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel , 1099 Gordon St. Guelph, on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 11 a.m. Reception to follow. Interment at Alliston Union Cemetery. Donations to the Foundation of Guelph General Hospital would be appreciated by the family. Cards available at the funeral home 519-821-5077 or condolences sent online at http://gilbertmacintyreandson.com/death_notices/index.php?deceasedId=3736.
    Feb. 6, 2016 update from Henry Kliewer: Bill's funeral is the shortest funeral I have ever attended, just 20 minutes. Bernie Plourde, Tom Healey and myself were there. Tony Stauder went to viewing yesterday. Hazel seemed so delightful to see us former Collins employees. She recognized and remembered me.
  • Fred Heinsar: Funeral was on Dec. 30, 2015 (age 95).
  • Evelyn Sinclair: December 20, 2015 (age 79). Here is her obituary.
  • Dick Copley: Passed away Dec. 25, 2013 at the age of 75. His obituary is attached here. Info provided by Doug Joyce on May 3, 2016.
  • Fred Worsley: January 14, 2013.
  • Murray Robinson: June 21, 2012 (age 79).
  • Mike Fothergill: April 16, 2012.
  • Randy Hendriks: August 5, 1956 - March 20, 2012. His obit is here.
  • Evalds Jarmacans: February 5, 2012 (age 71).
  • Ed Tanaka: November 20, 2010 (age 76).
  • Harold Britton: April 29, 2009 (age 70).
  • Arnold Ferguson: March 12, 2004 (age 80).
  • Here is Richard Todd's obituary. Peterborough Examiner on Friday, May 04, 2007.
    TODD, Richard Henderson - Peacefully at home with his wife by his side, May 1, 2007 in his 66th year. He leaves behind his beloved wife Marianne (nee Kozlyk) of over 38 years and loving daughter Jessica Todd of Vancouver, B.C.. Richard will be sadly missed by his sister Patricia Ashdown (Albert), sister in law Dianne Silverman (Steve), nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at ALL SAINTS ANGLICAN CHURCH, 235 Rubidge Street, on Friday, May 4, 2007 at 1:00 pm with visitation from 12:00 - 1:00 pm., Reverend Bill Gray officiating. Interment Little Lake Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the A.L.S. Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to COMSTOCK FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTRE.
  • John Lawrence Plant, May 11, 2000.
    John had varied and successful business career. He was appointed executive vice-president of Collins Radio Company of Canada Limited, and president and general manager of Avro Aircraft Limited Canada. He resigned from Avro, and returned to Collins Radio until his retirement in 1970. John L Plant graduated from University of British Columbia as an engineer. In due course he joined the Canadian Air Force and rose to the the rank of Air Vice Marshall before joining Avro.
  • In the 1980's, Don Gerrior was our Engineering Director:
    Toronto Star, Jan 13, 1988, Page A16
    D. Gerrior war veteran and engineer
    A funeral service is to be held tomorrow for World War II veteran and aeronautical engineer Donald Edward Gerrior. Mr. Gerrior, a long-time Agincourt resident, was born and raised in Guysborough County, N.S. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1943. He served in Canada and Great Britain until 1945, and then joined the Royal Canadian Armored Corps for a further five years. He studied engineering at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S., before graduating from McGill University in Montreal with a bachelor of engineering degree in 1951. Mr. Gerrior did post-graduate work at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. from 1951 to 1953. He joined Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1954, transferring to the company's Toronto office the following year. He remained with Collins, which became a division of Rockwell International Canada in 1973, until his death.
    Mr. Gerrior met his wife Margaret, who died in May, 1986, in Toronto where they were married at the Guild Inn in 1958. The couple and their four children were one of the first families to buy a house in the Agincourt area. When he died Monday at the age of 63, following complications from leg surgery last week, Mr. Gerrior was manager of the systems operation at Collins Canada. Mr. Gerrior leaves sons Michael, Patrick and Donald, and daughter Marie Pethick and her husband George. A funeral service is to be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Annunciation in the Victoria Park Ave.-Ellesmere Rd. area of Scarborough.
  • ARTHUR A. COLLINS. New York Times/AP. Published: February 27, 1987.
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Feb. 26— Arthur A. Collins, a pioneer in radio communications, avionics and telecommunications who was founder of the Collins Radio Company, died Wednesday at Gaston Episcopal Hospital in Dallas, the city where he had lived for the last 14 years. He was 77 years old.
Notes:
  • A bit of trivia: Who was the last employee to close Collins Canada for good in 1991? It was Maurice Hoo, who (pardon the pun) after the place closed was still working in El Paso, Texas on transitioning the Shelter production to their facility. After Maurice was finished and came back home, Jack Law had to unlock the main door, let Maurice in and sign his termination papers.
  • Collins Canada employed some 625 persons during its peak production years during the 1970's and 80's.
  • In June, 1971, North American Rockwell began a move toward the purchase of Collins stock and thereby gaining controlling interest in Collins Radio. Art Collins and William F. Rockwell, Jr. signed an agreement on September 2, 1971 whereby Rockwell made a $35,000,000 investment in Collins Radio Company, providing the working capital and management skills so desperately needed by the company. In February 1973, North American Rockwell was renamed Rockwell International, and in November 1973 Collins Radio was officially merged into Rockwell International. Source: The Signal - Third Quarter 2007, Collins Collectors Association.
 

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