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DONALD JAMES (JIM) DEFOORT July 2, 1936 - July 8, 2012 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jim DeFoort on Sunday, July 8, 2012 surrounded by his family at Health Sciences Centre. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Barbara (nee Clarke), his four children: sons, Jay (Dennise), Michael, John and daughter, Colleen (Shane) and his grandchildren: Brent, Amanda, Sarah, Brandon and Jenna. He is also survived by: brothers, Ron (Nellie), Garry (Marlene), Dennis (Mary-Anne) and sister, Marge (Fern) Vincent. He was predeceased by father, Joseph and mother, Irene (nee? Cousin) and his first wife, Mildred Ashworth. Jim was born in St. Boniface, MB and grew up in Windsor Park on Speers Road. Throughout his life he worked at CN, owned/operated seven service stations, including the Rocket Car Wash on Portage Avenue and with his brother Ron they owned Royal Lake Tourist Resort in Ontario. Jim finished his working career as a real estate broker for new home sales in Winnipeg. In his younger years he enjoyed racing cars, hunting and snowmobiling. He loved spending time with family and friends, spending time at the lake, skiing, fishing, boating and in later years painting. Jim would always greet you with a smile, his life was surrounded by family and he shared his calm, generous spirit with all who knew him. We will always remember the strong, courageous man who told the best stories and had the biggest heart. In keeping with Jim's wishes, cremation has taken place and a tribute to his life will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Joy Lutheran Church, inside Grace Christian Church, 50 Barnes Street. In Jim's memory donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada at www.kidney.ca, or Transplant Manitoba at www.transplantmanitoba.ca. The Coutu Family in care of arrangements: E.J. COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald St. (204) 253-5086 ejcoutu.com
Publish Date: Jul 11, 2012
DONALD JAMES (JIM) DEFOORT It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Jim DeFoort on Sunday, July 8, 2012, at the Health Sciences Centre at the age of 76 years. Funeral arrangements are pending and a longer obituary will follow in Wednesday's edition. The Coutu Family in care of arrangements: E.J. COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald Street 253-5086
Publish Date: Jul 10, 2012
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 11, 2012
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