FRANCIS (Jock) COLLINS B.E.M
Francis Collins was born in 1933 in Edinburgh Scotland. After school he began an apprenticeship with the Rolls Royce dealership in Edinburgh and at 17 enlisted in the Royal Navy, foIIowing his father and brother. At 19 he transferred to the RAN and joined HMAS Sydney in Portsmouth in 1953 on the Coronation cruise. Here he acquired the nickname “Jock”. In Australia he was stationed at HMAS Albatross as an aircraft mechanician, both airframes and engines. In 1966 he received training in the USA on Trackers and in 1967 became an instructor at the training school. He was promoted a CPO serving with both squadrons and on HMAS Melbourne and awarded the BEM in 1972. Leaving the service in 1974 he built a 45 foot yacht and sailed with his family to Queensland in 1980. In the Whitsundays he was a bargemaster during the building of Hamilton Island, and later Marine Manager for Ansett at South Molle Is. On retirement in 1992 they moved to Buderim and he joined QAM becoming Operations Manager until 2004 when he and his wife moved to Townsville to be near his son. Jock passed away in early 2006.