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Born: Nov 01, 1922

Date of Passing: Jan 06, 2020

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November 1, 1922 - January 6, 2020

It is with great sadness that we, the family of Harold Gordon James "Jim" McGinn, announce that our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle, died peacefully January 6, 2020, surrounded by loved ones. He was 97 years of age.
Jim will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years, Frances Cecilia McGinn (née Vickers); four children, Joseph P. (Jeanne), Gregory J. (Jenny), Kathleen M., and Jacqueline A. (Pierre); eight grandchildren, Ryan (Vanessa), David, Laura (Jason), Sarah, Elyse (Matt), Clare, Jacques, and Madeleine; two great-grandchildren, Tyson and Thomas; brother Joseph McGinn; sister Jean Currie; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Frederick and Kathleen (née Doyle); and sisters, Marguerite Duchesne, Kathleen Holland and Dorothy Murphy.
Jim was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1922, and with his five siblings, was raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. After he graduated from high school, Jim served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario. He worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway for his entire career and was a dedicated member of the St. Ignatius Parish, the Knights of Columbus, and many civic organizations.
He lived a splendid life of devotion to his family, his faith, and the community. Jim's family was his passion, and his grandchildren will remember happy hours spent in family soccer games, barbeques, and evening card games. His family will continue to cherish the stories he told of his days on the ranch, on the railroad, and on the many trips he and Frances enjoyed after retirement. A profound advocate for education, Jim supported and mentored the generations that followed him by encouraging their life dreams and desire to learn. Whether they met him at the swimming pool, on a church committee, or in the Rotary or Serra Clubs, friends will remember Jim as a man of principle with an unerring moral compass. His compassion and his sense of humour animated every interaction. As his brother Joe said, people enjoyed being with Jim, and when they left his company, they were better people for having known him.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, 255 Stafford Street (at Corydon), Winnipeg, MB at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020, with a reception to follow in the parish hall.

475 Provencher Blvd.,
in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 09, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • In this sorrowful time, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the whole family. We are certain that your loving memories of Jim will fill your hearts with peace and comfort and, after your tears have dried, will put a smile on your face. - Posted by: Thomas, Birgit, Noah and Sarah Seyller (Joe and Jeannies friends) on: Jan 16, 2020

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Francis, our Cousins and the many people who were fortunate enough to have known Uncle Jim. Although our opportunities to spend time with Uncle Jim were limited, he is remembered as a kind and gentle man who always arrived with a box of chocolates in hand. Family was important to both our mother and Uncle Jim and although their contact was typically by phone, those calls gave our mother much joy. Thank you Uncle Jim for being who you were. You are in our prayers. May you go in peace. - Posted by: Matthew, Rodney, Julia, Rebecca, Edward, Elizabth and Leslie Holland (Niece and nephew) on: Jan 11, 2020

  • Our hearts ache at the loss of such a wonderful man. Uncle Jim provided endless laughter at some of the many BBQ's we enjoyed with him and Aunt Fran over the years. His stories of the many years on the CPR and his travels as well as his easy going nature made him a favored guest. His patience playing bridge with us as beginners since Don hated playing by the rules caused many evenings of fun. Uncle Jim rest in peace with your family, my Mom and so many others who are with God now. Prayers for the you and the family. - Posted by: Carla and Donald Jennings (Niece) on: Jan 10, 2020

  • My thoughts and prayers for Uncle Jim, Aunt Frances my cousins and their families. Uncle Jim was a humble man of integrity, faith, a strong family man, he had an incredible moral compass and had the gift of a wonderful sense of humour. I’ve always cherished the times with Uncle Jim and Aunt Frances. They made you feel special when visiting and were interested in what was happening in other people’s lives. God bless you, Uncle Jim.... - Posted by: Rob Currie (Nephew) on: Jan 09, 2020

  • My condolences to Aunt Fran on the passing of her beloved husband and to Joe, Greg, Kathleen and Jackie on the loss of their father. I have very fond memories of childhood trips together and the laughter shared by all. Hopefully in time the sadness will be replaced with happy memories. God Bless you all through this difficult time. - Posted by: Edward and Barbara Zetchus (nee Bluteau) (Niece) on: Jan 09, 2020

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