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Date of Passing: Jul 19, 2022

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1930 - 2022

On July 19, 2022 our family lost a great man, to us, he was Pops! A much-loved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. To his friends he was simply, "Jimmy the cop!"
Together, with his much-loved wife Stella, they mourned the loss of two of their children, daughter Debbie and son James.
Together they lived on for the joy they found in their three daughters, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His daughters, Beverley (Doug), Brenda and Diane will miss him dearly.
James joined the City of St. Boniface Police Force in 1952 and LIVED every moment of his career. He loved his job, and his fellow officers became part of our family.
James cherished memories of growing up in Beausejour and loved to take a ride on a sunny afternoon to visit his mom and enjoy a burger and Pepsi at Vicki's before returning home.
Falcon Lake was his dream and finally after many years of camping and checking out the bear situation together with his five children, he bought his dream cottage and his little boat. He was the happiest man!
To those who remember the guy with the Boler trailer, laughing loudly to the tune of Elvira, we can now point a finger and say, "That was our Dad."
Dad left us gently and peacefully and we will miss him dearly.
To honour Jim and to see what all the hype is about - take your family to the Whiteshell and spend a day in God's country… He would love to see you there!
Many heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff at Holy Family nursing home, who gave Dad a wonderful send off. He loved you all.
A private family burial will take place at a later date.

"If you haven't got a penny
a ha'penny will do.
If you haven't got a ha'penny
Then God bless you!"

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 23, 2022

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Jimmy Miterek was a character. He always had a huge smile on his face and a hearty laugh. I don't know if the family knew this story, but when Jim was posted in District 3 station he stepped outside for a bit. One of the traffic policemen was on the driveway warming up his motorcycle. Jim walked up, threw his leg over the Kawasaki 1000 and proceeded to drive away to Salter street. I don't know if he ever rode a bike but suspect if he did it was a Harley. Harleys at the time had the clutch and brake reversed from Jap bikes. When he got to Salter he pulled in what he thought was the clutch, but it turned out to be the front brake and he went down damaging the right side of the bike and his side as well pretty much from his ear to his foot. He got up and back on the bike and rode it back to the station. His uniform was shredded from top to bottom. Jim paid for the repairs and nothing was ever said. From that day on when ever I saw Jim signed on the computer in the spring I would send him a message ' It's a nice day for a bike ride" and I could here him laugh. You were one in a million Jim, Rest In Peace. Gary Dovzuk 840 - Posted by: Gary Dovzuk (Co-worker) on: Aug 14, 2022

  • Bev often spoke about her father, mother, siblings and the family cottage. He was a loving father and an honourable police officer. We are so sorry to hear of his passing and offer our condolences to Bev and her family. Filomena and Bruce Donaldson - Posted by: Filomena and Bruce Donaldson (Friends of Bev and Doug) on: Jul 28, 2022

  • I am so sorry to read of your Dad's passing. It sounds like he was a great guy and a wonderful father. I'm sorry as a kid running around the neighbourhood I never really got to know him. (He was probably always working different shifts being a police officer). But I remember I was always in awe of you having a policeman as a father!. It sounds like you have some wonderful stories and cherished memories of him. I am thinking about all of you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Catherine Roberts (Bev's friend) on: Jul 26, 2022

  • Jimmy Miterek had a great attitude and a wonderful sense of humour... and his system ( 'The Miterek System' ) of supervising a squad of police members was very special. If you had a son or daughter being placed after completing recruit training, you would have been pleased if he or she had been assigned to S.Sgt. Miterek's shift. Jimmy's Winnipeg Police Badge No. 56... he was one of the 'very good guys'. To his dear wife Stella and family, please accept the condolences from a fellow 'Old Cop'. Dick Hickling, Badge 191 - Posted by: Dick Hickling (colleague) on: Jul 25, 2022

  • My sincere condolences to Stella, Beverly, Brenda and Diane. My husband at the time, Dennis Balaz and myself were close friends with Stella and Jim for many years. We had our families at the same time during the friendship. I always loved seeing Jim and Stella because it was an absolute guarantee to be a great time with lots of laughs and memories. I remember Jim riding his motorcycle through St. Boniface and St. Vital in his early years as a police officer. He did his job well and was sure proud to be a good officer. He was a wonderful influence on my three sons and was indeed a godfather to one of them. My sons and I have wonderful memories of Jim, he and Stella will never be forgotten. - Posted by: Lorraine Balaz Neal (Old friend) on: Jul 24, 2022

  • Dear Bev, condolences to you and your family. Know that you did your best for your parents. , you are a good daughter. Unfortunately, time is the only truly scarce commodity in our lives. So let’s get out there and live and love one another. - Posted by: Jocelyn preston (Friend to Bev) on: Jul 24, 2022

  • My condolences to you and your family. I never had the pleasure of meeting your dad but the stories you have told me make me feel like I knew him well. Sending you all love, hugs and prayers. - Posted by: Grace Mott (Friend of Bev) on: Jul 23, 2022

  • Brenda our deepest condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time. Memories are forever and can never be taken away. RIP Jimmy the cop ! - Posted by: Barb & Gerry Benoit (Friend) on: Jul 23, 2022

  • My deepest condolences to the Miterek family on the passing of the man I knew as "Uncle" Jim. Some of my fondest memories of him revolved around his zest for life, fabulous sense of humor, and never permitting anything to bother him. My favorite memory, which I still tell people about decades after it occurred, was of his MGB Midget. He once took me for a ride around the neighborhood scaring the life out of me with how he threw it around corners. Another time he tossed me its keys saying "go have some fun". That he trusted me, a teenager, with his little baby, spoke volumes about him. Although other life events eventually separated our families, I've never forgotten how wonderful a person he was. - Posted by: Tom Balaz (Family friend.) on: Jul 23, 2022

  • My sincere condolences to the Meterek family. I have two memories of your father Bev that stand out so clearly. At the Winnipeg airport in 1973 seeing us off on our first trip to London, a big smile on his face but most likely wondering what in the world the two of us would get up to and the other standing beside him on your wedding day, leaning over and telling me how proud he was. I’m sure you all have many cherished memories. - Posted by: Barb Clarke (Friend of Bev) on: Jul 23, 2022

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