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Born: Jan 20, 1934

Date of Passing: Aug 04, 2015

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JAMES COLIN GILROY Born January 20, 1934, Jim Gilroy passed away peacefully at home on August 4, 2015 after bravely dealing with cancer and other health issues over the past year. Married to his wife Marybet for 55 years, he is also survived by his daughter Maryth and son-in-law Jason Broadfoot, his son Colin, daughter-in-law Barb, grandchildren Morgan and Ilona, and his brother-in-law Kent Morgan and partner Gill Giles. Born in Winnipeg the only child of Beulah and Colin Gilroy, Jim's love of music was apparent from a young age growing up in Point Douglas. Jim would often break into song at the drop of a hat. He also played harmonica and whenever he was around cutlery he would grab the spoons and play them on his knee. No one knows for sure but this fixation on tableware may have been what lead to his more than 30 year career as a restaurant supply sales representative for Russell Food Equipment. Over the years Jim was a drummer and vocalist in several bands around Winnipeg including The Polka Dots and The Banana Bunch, music with "a peel". For over 30 years Jim was an active member of the Winnipeg Golden Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus. Up until very recently he very much enjoyed singing lead with his good buddies in the quartet TEMPO. The family lived in Westwood for 43 years. One of his favourite places was the family cottage at Matlock where he enjoyed reading and walking the various family dogs. He was a jack of all trades and liked to spend his time renovating and fixing what was broken. Jim loved theatre and never missed a Fringe Festival. He had the chance to travel and take family trips to Hungary, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and New York. His most important role of all was as Dadpa to his grandchildren Morgan and Ilona who meant the world to him and always put a smile on his face. It was Jim's wish that donations be made for pediatric cancer research and directed to "CancerCare Manitoba Inside Ride Donations" 204-784-2777 Jim loved a good party and would like to invite his friends to join his family at a celebration to be held in his honour this autumn. An announcement will be published at a later date. "You and the song are gone but the melody lingers on." - Irving Berlin NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 08, 2015

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • We were so pleased to see you and Jim at our Anniversary in Morden. A special gift from you both was his singing,especially the Anniversary Song. Our 50th celebrations were less than a year apart. We are feeling sad for you and your family as you are great family people and Jim was a great guy. May you find comfort in the fine memories you all have made during your time together. You were wonderfully close. Let those times carry you through these sad moments. Take care of each other and know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hoping to see you soon. Bernie and Monica. - Posted by: Monica and Bernie Braun (Friends ) on: Aug 11, 2015

  • So sorry for your loss Marybet, Maryth, Colin, and families. Mom would have put her memories in herself but as this involves computers she left that part to me. Mom (Barb) has many good memories of Jim. Back when she was dating my Dad (Arp) they often went on double dates with Jim and his girlfriend (this was before he met Marybet). This was a good thing because my Dad wasn't much for going out on the town and Jim was the one who got the good times rolling (and usually got the tickets). Jim was there with them from the start right through to being in Mom and Dad's wedding party. Dad enjoyed playing with Jim in The Bananna Bunch - he always spoke highly of Jim's drumming and singing. For myself (Rick), The thing I remember the most about Mr. Gilroy (to me he was always "Mr. Gilroy") was him either drumming his fingers on the table or if there were spoons around, playing those. A lot of people like idly drumming their fingers on the table when a favorite song comes on but the thing that impressed me about Mr. Gilroy was that he was doing it for real - this wasn't just idle drumming - he was actually playing along with the song and making it look easy. That wowed the heck out of me (who was fighting with music lessons at the time). Mom sums it up best as she says that Jim was "a really nice guy who created a lot of good memories". - Posted by: Barb & Rick Pratcshler (Friends) on: Aug 10, 2015

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