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Born: Aug 26, 1947

Date of Passing: Jul 14, 2013

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THE REVEREND JAMES GARNETT WOLF The Reverend James Garnett Wolf peacefully passed on Sunday, July 14, 2013. Born August 26, 1947 in Mexico City to Caroline Mariah Garnett Wolf and Edward William (Peter) Wolf and grew up in Dallas, Texas. He attended University of Kansas and was a draft age immigrant to Canada with his wife, Jacquelyn and son Jared. He graduated from Simon Fraser University, attended seminary at Vancouver School of Theology and was ordained an Anglican Priest in the Diocese of New Westminster. He recently took his vows as a Franciscan Monk. He is survived by his son, Jared (Lynn); daughter Meghan; stepchildren Jodi (Cam) McGill, Kevin (Allison) Side; grandchildren Brittany, Bryan Bergdhal, Jessie, Samantha Rudderham, Christian, Gavin, Kaitlyn and Joshua Ludlow-Wolf, Keefe, Liadan and Tynan McGill, Atticus Side; great-grandchildren, Drayden Sampson, Avery Flett-Wolf; sisters Ann Miller, Margaret; brother John; nephews Frank (Melinda) Miller, Christopher Barnes, Dakota; nieces Alicia, Kya, Ayah, and great-nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife and soulmate Joan, daughter, Patricia Angela, and his parents. Jim lived the teachings of Jesus and was unshakable in his generosity and commitment to Justice, Healing and Peace. His Work included but was not limited to Proyecto Adalante, Catholic Worker House, Acorn Gardens at Guadalupe Hacienda in Anola, Refugee Ministry at Hospitality House, Salvation Army, Seniors Bus Ministry with the Canterbury Bell, Teens Encounter Christ, Art teacher at St. Aidan's School, Cursillo, He served as Curate at St. Johns Anglican Church, North Vancouver and St. Paul's, Fort Garry, as Rector at Christ Church, Winnipeg, Saint James, Beausejour and Saint Mary of Guadalupe, in Anola. He liked to play with puppets and was also known to wear a frog costume and play the guitar Service of Light will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 21 at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Avenue E., Beausejour, MB. Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 22 at St. George's Anglican Church, 168 Wilton Street, Winnipeg, MB. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Primates World Relief and Development Fund ( or 1-866-308-7973) or directly to Hospitality House Refugee Ministry (1039 Main St., Winnipeg, MB or would be graciously appreciated. ...May the Light Perpetual Shine Upon Him SOBERING FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, Beausejour 204-268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 20, 2013

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • I met James while running a safe house in Winnipeg. He cooked for the residents and councilled them. He was always in a joyful mood. The Lord blessed him with insight about abuse victims. He nailed it on the head with me and the Lord gave him the gift of the Word. I love you Jim and we'll see you in heaven one day. - Posted by: Isabelle Fiola (friend and victim of abuse) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • my condolences to the family. I knew Jim one summer and helped him to operate his refugee ministry. it was tedious work. I always respected him for the travail he used to give of himself wholeheartedly to the refugee community. rest in the Lord Jesus Christ and, we'll see you later in the Kingdom of God. - Posted by: isabelle fiola (acquaintance) on: Oct 31, 2013

  • I just learned of Jim’s passing having been out of the country this summer so please forgive these belated comments. I am pleased to have known Jim as a friend, mentor, and both as a brother and father in Christ. Jim taught me a lot about forbearance, kindness, the mystery of the faith, and was instrumental in helping me to plumb more deeply the depths of worship. I spoke to Jim on the phone several months ago. If he knew about his illness then he did not let on. This was typical “Jim” – always focused on others. I’m sad to lose my dear friend in this world but know that he has simply gone before me into the fullness of the Communion of the Saints in the Kingdom of our Lord. Bless you Jim! The Rev. Dr. D. Mark Davison, Brentwood Bay, BC - Posted by: DM Davison (Friend) on: Aug 26, 2013

  • When Jim and his family first moved to Canada we met them at St. Catherine's Anglican Church in Port Coquitlam, B. C. They became friends with my family and eventually when my daughter was born I asked him to be her God Father. She was his first God Child. I haven't seen Jim for years but was proud to have him as my friend. I chose him because he had a gentle spirit. Peace my old friend. - Posted by: Glenda Craig (Friend from long ago) on: Aug 18, 2013

  • Rev. James Wolf was very compassionate, kind, with a generous heart to individuals and social injustices. Pastor Jim officiated my mother's funeral. My mother was part of his senior's ministry of weekly bus trips (originally travelling on the Canterbury Bell) for many years. Pastor Jim gave joy to many senior's lives ... he was always in a joyful spirit. Pastor Jim was our family friend and a genuine friend to many others. My sincere condolence to family, extended family and grandchildren. Pastor Jim is greatly missed ... we were all so very fond of him. With many tears shed ... I miss Jim a lot. With prayers, Helena Daina - Posted by: Helena Daina (Family Friendship) on: Aug 13, 2013

  • Dear Joshua, christian and kaitlyn I am very sorry to hear about your grandfather passing, my prayers are with you and your family. It was a joy to have him around, He had a great sense of humor and tried his best to make you kids happy. R.I.P. Reverend Wolf. - Posted by: Arleni (Community service workers ) on: Jul 24, 2013

  • Jim's mind, heart and arms were always open. He officiated at my marriage ceremony and baptized both of my daughters while at Christ Church, and he was the person who said yes to officiate at my husband's memorial service at Silver Heights United. I will always remember his kindness and inclusive thinking. My deepest comfort to his family. - Posted by: Nancy Edge McKinnon () on: Jul 23, 2013

  • One of my best friend Jim. I have lot of good memories with him. I was in acorn garden. Jim thx for everything you been done to me and the butterfly garden training activities.. we will never forget you shanti butterfly garden batticaloa sri lanka - Posted by: shanthiepan (butterfly garden batticaloa srilanka) on: Jul 22, 2013

  • I met Jim when he was the Pastor at Christ church and he turned me into a true believer. I am so sorry he is gone. - Posted by: Marilyn Cooper (Parishioner) on: Jul 22, 2013

  • Jim was good ministry colleague in Beausejour to those who served in the area. - Posted by: Frank Baker and Cheryl Jourdain (Friends) on: Jul 22, 2013

  • Rev. James Wolf was a kind, compassionate and huge hearted individual. I first met him 14 years ago when a student of mine, newly arrived from a refugee camp in Kenya, was in extreme distress. We were put in touch with James who over the next few years counseled and befriended my student. We kept in touch as this young man became in trouble with the law, was incarcerated and unfortunately was eventually deported to Somalia. I lost touch after this. James cared about this young man when few did. I admire his vision of social justice and I am so deeply saddened to hear of his death. I wish I had kept in touch. My heartfelt condolences to his family. The world has lost a good and decent man. - Posted by: Deb Thordarson (acquaintance) on: Jul 21, 2013

  • Reverend Jim Wolf was a great & caring man. He would deliver Communion services to my elderly grandparents when they couldn't make it to church. He was also a very good friend & sounding board to my Grandma, Helen Hourie. He helped her & our family through the death of her daughter, Verna, in October 2012. He was also there to listen to anyone who would seek his guidance. My Grandmother Helen passed away in May & Reverend Wolf was there for her burial even in his ailing state. I'm sure they're having a great time in Heaven. R.I.P. Reverend Wolf. - Posted by: Tera Hourie (Friend & parishoner at St. Philips of Scanterbury) on: Jul 20, 2013

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