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Chalmer Porter ‘C.P.’ Collinsworth

POSTED September 26, 2012 12:14 a.m.

Chalmer Porter ‘C.P.’ Collinsworth, 93, died Thursday, Sept. 20 in Sonora.

He was born in Ukiah and grew up in Strathmore in Tulare County. He was a longtime resident of Oakdale, from 1955 to 1996.

Mr. Collinsworth was a veteran of World War II.

He was a long time local merchant in Oakdale, Sonora and Modesto. He started his career with Montgomery Wards and left as Western Regional Manager.

He was a former Oakdale City Councilman. He was Oakdale’s first “Man of the Year” due to his charitable work and community involvement. He was actively involved in St. Mary’s Parish, Catholic Charities, Lion’s Club, Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, and SCORE.

He was a member of the founding consortium to build Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, traveling, and gold mining. He enjoyed spending time with family and close friends, especially at the holidays.

He relocated to Porterville after the death of his wife Emma Jean and then spent the last year of his life living near family in Sonora.

He was loved and respected by many and will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his children, Janice Lee, Gary and wife Pam (Macsenti), Gregg and wife Karinne (Giamona); brother, Ernest and former wife Edythe (Lewis); seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Emma Jean (Heitstuman); parents, Homer and Maude (Pugh); brothers, Leonard, Lester; and sister, Bertha.

Services to be held at a later date.

Remembrances may be made to St. Anthony’s foundation in San Francisco, or to Catholic Charities.

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