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Born: Jan 18, 1931

Date of Passing: Jun 23, 2013

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JAMES ARTHUR HEIS 1931 - 2013 Jim Heis passed away peacefully on June 23, 2013 at the Swan Valley Hospital in Swan River, MB after a lengthy illness. Jim was born on January 18, 1931 in Sheguiandah on Manitoulin Island in Ontario. He married Ardath Dinsmore in Gore Bay in 1950 and they have lived life together to its fullest over the past 63 years. Jim started his career in mining with International Nickel in Sudbury, ON and subsequently relocated his family to the new mining operations in Thompson, MB. Jim advanced through the ranks and eventually retired as Superintendent of Thompson Mine. He was admired and respected by those he worked with and was regarded as a "miner's miner". Jim and Ardath raised a family of four children in Thompson, MB. The family cherished the out of doors, fishing, boating and snowmobiling from their remote cabin on Paint Lake. They retired in Minitonas, MB in 1983 and enjoyed winters with dear friends in Weslaco, TX until Jim's health failed him. Jim is survived by his wife Ardath; daughters Janet (Bill Vickman) and Lori (Lawrence Himmelman); sons Stephen (Shelley) and Mike, and grandchildren Kurtis, Joey, Shannon, Kristin, Crystal and Richard. A great-granddaughter, Hannah, has recently joined us. He is also survived by brothers Doug (Betty) and Ed, both living on Manitoulin Island. A funeral service was held from the Chapel of Swan Valley Funeral Services on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Marcel Archambault officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements were entrusted to Swan Valley Funeral Services Ltd. 363 Kelsey Trail Swan River, MB (204)734-5775

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 29, 2013

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I am sorry for your thoughts and prayers are with the family... I grew up across the street from Mr & Mrs Heis.... he was always a wonderful and family orientated man.... he will be greatly missed..... hugs... - Posted by: Cathy & Frank Epp (Friend of family) on: Jul 02, 2013

  • Carla and I extend our deepest sympathy to Ardath and family. We have many good memories of times at Paint Lake and in Minitonas. Mom and Dad thought the world of all of you also. God Bless. - Posted by: Alexa (Hnatuk) LeStrat (friend) on: Jul 02, 2013

  • I last saw Uncle Jim and Aunty Ardath at their 60th wedding anniversary on the Manitoulin Island. We all had a wonderful time, and Uncle Jim told me how him and Ardath did everything in life they had dreamed of doing before and after he retired. He spoke of how nothing was unturned and their life was so good. The times I remember the most are the treasured times spent at Grandma and Grandpa's in Gore Bay when we were younger. Uncle Jim had a humorous nature and always kept us laughing. He was always so happy and so much fun. He had a heart of gold, and made the most out of every situation in life. The many years of wonderful memories the family shared will never die. Sending my love to Aunt Ardath and the entire family. - Posted by: Debra Martin (Niece ) on: Jul 02, 2013

  • Jim is at Peace, & Love Lives are in my thoughts and prayers. God's comfort to family and Friends. Memories, 'A Gift from God'. Jim was so loved and respected, and treated the Men In The Mine with Fairness. Always be remembered in Thompson. - Posted by: Marlene Hartle ( wife of Jim Hartle ) (A family, that shared Thompson and Inco with Jim. ) on: Jul 02, 2013

  • So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Bill and I always enjoyed his friendship and humour. I can still imagine him riding by on his bicycle and waving a cheery hello. - Posted by: Doreen Langdon (Friend from Pine to Palm.) on: Jun 30, 2013

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