Born in Purvis Manitoba on May 23,1931, Jim led a humble life as a farmer his entire life. He was an avid lover of music, and played guitar in bands in his younger days. Jim loved talking to people everywhere he went. He was a best friend and father to his two sons, Dean (Jackie) and Brian (Crystal). Jim had three wonderful grandchildren, Jeremy (Melissa), Holly (Jonathon), and Laurel (Eric) plus two great Grandchildren, Artie and Maggie. Most fondly to his family, he was known as DadDad.
Jim resided in the Interlake most of his life spending the last 23 years in Winnipeg Beach with Dean and Jackie. He was an avid farmer until his 80th birthday when he decided to retire and focus on gardening and taking care of his family. He always had projects happening in his shop, where he was always found welding and fabricating until his 91st birthday.
In his long life, he always focused on his family and enjoyed family gatherings, jam sessions, and huge parties with some of the best musicians in Canada.
He also loved ice fishing and had built 3 ice fishing shacks for his family to enjoy. Known for his wonderful smile, kind nature and beautiful blue eyes, he was a gentle soul who cared for everyone, including his animals. Dogs, cats, cows and horses, he loved them all, and they loved him.
Jim was predeceased by his father James William in 1949, his mother Alice Emma in 1971, his wife Margaret in 1999 and his brother Leslie in 2019.
Cremation has taken place and a private celebration of Jim's life will be held next spring. To those who called, visited and cared for Jim, he loved and cared for you, including some lifelong friends and cousins.
Also a huge thank you to the incredible nursing staff at the Selkirk General Hospital who always made him smile. There are two Doctors as well who were so dedicated and loving in their care for Jim. Dr. Anita Gray and Dr. Tad Kroczak. You both will forever have a special place in our hearts for your spectacular care.
Our dear friend Curtis Monkman is in charge of funeral arrangements.