Dec. 4, 1937 ~ April 2, 2012

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at 11 a.m., at Ibert’s Mortuary for Mr. John “Canoe” Collins Jr., 74, a native of New Orleans, was raised in Weeks Island and was a longtime resident of Franklin, who passed away April 2, 2012 at AMG Specialty Hospital in Lafayette.

Burial will follow in the St. John the Evangelist Cemetery in Jeanerette. Father Gregory Cormier will officiate the services.

Survivors include one daughter, Jessie C. Curtis of Franklin; one son, John Paul Collins of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Luke Romero Jr., Joseph Romero, Brad Romero, Timothy Curtis, Angela Curtis, Christopher Collins and Celeste Collins; seven great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Emerite Babin Collins; one daughter, Tammy Ann C. Romero; one grandson, Cameron Collins; one granddaughter, Hope Romero; his parents, John Collins Sr. and Hilda Collins; and three brothers, Paul Collins, Adam Collins and Joseph Collins.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Wednesday at Ibert’s Mortuary from 8 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jessie C. Curtis, Tommy Collins, Rickey Collins, Timothy Curtis, Luke Romero Jr. and Wesley Savoie Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be John Paul Collins, Luke Romero Sr. and Whitney Bourque.

To view the online obituary, video tribute and to sign the memory book please visit

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert’s Mortuary, Inc, of Franklin.

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