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Ted Collins
Oilman of the Year - 1992

Ted began his career in the oil industry in the spring of 1951 when he worked on a bull gang in the Lone Rock area for Wright and Bruce. The lease on which he worked was owned by Albercan Oil Company and was located north and east of Lone Rock. In the spring of 1952, he was transferred to Coleville, Saskatchewan where he worked on a service rig. Later that year, he returned to Lone Rock and was employed by Star Oilwell Servicing - owned by Harvey Bevens.  

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In the spring of 1953, Ted was hired by Don Rammel as a pumper for Husky Oil. His co-worker at this time was Ross Yeomen. Later that year, Ted contracted the operation of these wells. It was then that Ted formed his own company and began contracting well operations for other companies in addition to Husky Oil. He also became involved in the water trucking business. In 1963, Ted formed a new company - C. & L. Well Operators, and at this time Danny Lorenz became his partner. Over the years this company expanded their operations, serving the areas of Lashburn, Maidstone. Kitscoty and east and south Epping. In 1972, Ted became the sole owner of this Company.

For many years, Ted worked with Norm Keeley, servicing exploration wells at Frog Lake, Claysmore, Turtleford, Edam, Rusylvia, Clandonald, Hazeldine and Marwayne. At this time he also contracted the pumping of the Epping wells and the operation of the Furness Battery (1976-1988).

In his lifetime, Ted was a very community-minded individual. While a resident of Lone Rock, he was instrumentaI in flooding the skating rink and the curling ice on a voluntary basis. He also served as president of the Lone Rock Curling Club for many years. He was also involved in coaching minor baseball for many summers. While there, he was an active participant in the construction of the United Church and the Community Hall. He served as a board member for some time.

On taking up residence in Lloydminster, Ted became a very active member of the Lloydminster Curling Club. Perhaps the most significant contribution Ted made to curling was the Lloydminster Oilman's Bonspiel. Ted, along with many others, organized the event in 1968, and it has been operating annually ever since. Ted served as chairman of this event for fifteen years and as a board member for another five. Ted also was a board member of the Lloydminster Curling Club and president of Zone 8 for the NACA.

Curling has been Ted's priority in life. Over the years, he has amassed many championships - particularly in the Oilmen's Bonspiels. Ted has enjoyed a very fruitful and satisfying life, and he hopes to continue his involvement in curling and golf.