It is with shock and great sadness that we inform you of the passing in hospital of loyal Old Boy and Chair of the Parktonian Foundation, Mr Rob Collins, as a result of Covid-19 related complications.Rob, with the full support and love of his family and many friends, fought this disease with great courage and resilience for over two weeks, making slow but steady progress. Thus the sudden change in fortunes today has been devastating for us all.
Rob’s impact on all who knew him was profound, evidenced by the many tributes pouring in from all walks of life – he touched so many people.Rob’s contribution to Parktown Boys’ High School has been immense. His leadership qualities were evident at school where he was a School Prefect and excelled at Cricket and Hockey, at school and provincial level. He remained fully involved after leaving school, coaching the 1st XI Hockey with great success and becoming involved in the Alumni and the Parktonian Foundation since the 1980’s, a body which he chaired from 2014 onwards.Robs’ support for, and contribution to, the school he loved so much, through good times and tough times, was unstinting in thought, in Word and in Deed, Quiet and unassuming, Rob was involved in virtually all of the projects and developments at the School over the past 25 odd years, the most recent of which was our fine boarding facility, Druce Hall.
More importantly Rob epitomises all that is great about Parktown Boys’ High School in terms of his values, his courage in adversity, and his selflessness in seeing to the well-being of others and putting their needs above his own.He has been a great friend, an astute mentor to many, and a fine role model for us all.Rob will be sorely missed. At the same time we know he will be with us in spirit. He has made a positive, indelible mark not only on all of us, but also on his School, to which he voluntarily gave so much of his time and energy. We extend our deepest condolences to Pam, Ashleigh, Matt and Kirsten, his sister Barbara and close family and friends at this most sad time.Rob – we salute you. May your soul rest in peace.