Vivian Anne Collins

14 février 195121 avril 2021

Daughter of the late Patrick Joseph Collins and the late Anne Catherine Collins (née MacLellan). Survived by many cousins and good friends, including her lifelong best friend Deen Olsen and her much-loved godson, Will Caron (Dave Charbonneau).

Vivian was born in Moncton, New Brunswick and also lived briefly in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Although her time there was short, the Maritime people, music and scenery remained forever in her heart.

At age four, Vivian moved with her parents to Montreal where she grew up, eventually graduating from Loyola College (now Concordia University) with a degree in economics. In 1972, she moved to Ottawa. It was meant to be an eight-month stay to study journalism at Carleton University but she fell in love with the city and spent the rest of her life there.

Vivian was a dedicated public servant (1973-2006) who brought her communications, policy analysis and organizational skills to a number of important government initiatives for which she received several Deputy Minister and departmental awards. While she worked on a variety of social and economic policy issues, her particular interest was in the area of equality and human rights both within Canada and internationally. Over the course of her career, she also helped to mentor many new public servants and took great pride in their accomplishments.

Vivian enjoyed reading, writing, food (mostly eating, but sometimes cooking), dance, fitness, yoga, gardening, travel, CBC radio, Saturday mornings with the Globe and Mail crossword puzzle, Sunday brunch, being by (but not in) the water and spending time with friends. When she retired, her goals were to be a Lady Who Lunches (at which she was spectacularly successful) and to learn to play golf (which she approached with a lot of enthusiasm but not much talent).

Vivian cherished her wide circle of girlfriends, some of whom dated back to elementary school. Together with the good men in their lives, these friends were always there for her and supported her in more ways than they ever knew.

Those wishing to honour Vivian’s memory are encouraged to do something to help those who are less fortunate.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions, a mass in memory of Vivian will be held at a later date.


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Vivian Anne Collins


Donalda Dineen

2 mai , 2021

I will miss you every day. You were so very wise, accomplished and giving. May you forever rest peacefully.

Jill McCulloch

2 mai , 2021

Vivian dealt with life's many punches with grace, dignity and courage and always in an admirable fashion. It has been a privilege to be included in her group of many friends. We will miss her.

Cathy Joyce

1 mai , 2021

I am so very sad that we lost Vivian. I delight in knowing she is in Heaven, reunited with her parents and in the presence of God.

I met Vivian only a few years ago but her positive disposition and kind nature really resonated with me and for those reasons I loved her and I will not forget her.

My husband and I would love to attend her funeral mass if numbers permit.
Cathy Joyce

Kit Collins

29 avril , 2021

Vivian and I visited often growing up, wearing our cowgirl hats from the Ex or travelling to Montreal for Uncle Pat’s legendary lobster suppers, a nod to Nova Scotia and Aunt Anne’s roots. We celebrated with high tea at the Chateau and birthday lunches. When she told her stories, Vivian’s gaze was direct, true blue; she was loyal, caring, respectful and accomplished. She did everything she could to help people and never once complained. I will miss her dearly. In her memory, a donation has been made to the Ottawa Food Bank.

Bob and Betty Anne Greer

27 avril , 2021

We were so saddened to hear of the passing of our sweet cousin Vivian. Vivian was such a caring person, always so interested in what was transpiring in others’ day to day lives. We will cherish our visits together, especially the ones at “Come by Chance”
A donation in Vivians’ memory has been made to the Listowel Food Bank.


26 avril , 2021

I have known and worked with Vivian during her stay with the Minerals and Metals Sector of Natural Resources Canada. She was a sweet person who always looked at the positive side of things. After she left Natural Resources Canada, we remained friends and we retired from the Public Service on the same year (2006). We kept communicating over the years, especially for our respective birthday as we were the same age, just a month apart. I will always remember her kindness.

My condolences to her family and friends. She left way too soon.
Rest in Peace Vivian


25 avril , 2021

So sad to hear of the passing of a dear cousin. Gone way too soon, but now reunited with her parents. RIP Vivian, Jennifer Deacon

Christine Olsen

25 avril , 2021

I was extremely saddened to hear about the passing of Vivian. While I was not biologically related to her, my brother, Jon Olsen, and I considered her a vital part of our family, an aunt in many ways. She was one of the most kind hearted and caring women I had the pleasure of knowing. She always supported me in whatever I did, and I always looked forward to seeing her on family get togethers. I will always have a place for her in my heart and will think of her while travelling and pursuing my studies; she always looked forward for me and supported me with.

I hope that she is somewhere enjoying a nice glass of wine or a cup of tea or coffee with her parents on the golf course! Maybe even in Ireland, Scotland or one of the many amazing places she visited in the sky.

Christine Olsen

Gerard Collins

24 avril , 2021

My thoughts and prayers across the miles. After the tears have dried, treasure the happy memories.

Son of Wyman and Bertha Collins.

Melanie & Jon & Riley Olsen

24 avril , 2021

While I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Vivianne for more than a few years, it was so incredibly painful to learn of her passing. She was one of the sweetest people you could ever meet, with the brightest smile and most generous heart. Family gatherings will simply not be the same without her. She was taken much too soon, and the family will be missing her dearly. Her passing leaves a gaping hole, but we will speak of her fondly and of the memories we have of her. Much love and condolences to everyone who knew and loved her, especially to her long-standing best friend Deen & godson Will.