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Date of Passing: Jun 21, 2017

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JAMES ADRIAN MUTCHESON 1925 - 2017 "No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child." Surrounded by the love and devotion of his family near and far, James Adrian Mutcheson passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 21, 2017. He was a most special gift to all of us for 91 years. Dad is deeply mourned by his wife of 68 years Sylvia, children, Heather (Richard Condo), Ray (Candace), Laura (Ray Rawlings), Jim (Loretta), Jack (Janice), Joey (Jill) and Matthew (Crystal), and children and grandchildren. Dad was predeceased by his beloved son Michael James Mutcheson (Maureen). During his 68 years in Morden, Jim created a rich and full legacy of community service. A decades-long active member who served as President of the Royal Canadian Legion, he was bestowed the rare Meritorious Service Medal by National Command for his devotion and life-time service to the Legion and many local charities it supports. Dad was also awarded the Lifetime Membership, in recognition for his service to the Royal Canadian Legion and the community. He worked untiringly at coaching and developing sport in the community. In 1964 Morden named him Citizen of the Year. It marked a pinnacle in his life. His dedication and tireless work in sport with children, led him to be inducted into Manitoba's Baseball and Sports Hall of Fame. In spite of all of his community work, nothing took a back seat to his family, and he was actively and fully invested in the lives, personal achievements and interests of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of whom he was so proud. Dad's gifts of laughter, generosity and love for life enriched all of us in ways beyond measure. To know Dad, was to admire him. You will be greatly missed! Special gratitude to the amazing team of nursing and care staff at the Boundary Trails Health Centre for their compassion, and sensitive and attentive personal care during Dad's last two weeks. Immense thanks to Dr. Bob, Dr. Kauenhofen and Dr. Woelk who defined the meaning of compassionate and respectful medical care. A celebration and mass for Jim's rich life will take at St. Paul's Church, 353 Thornhill St. in Morden, MB. This event will take place Tuesday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in honour of Dad can be made to CancerCare Manitoba or to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation designated to palliative care. Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden In care of arrangements

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 24, 2017

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • In Winnipeg for the 1990 BC Summer games, I had the honor of meeting Jim. I spotted him a mile away because he looked just like my grandpa, Len Mutcheson. He seemed like a really neat guy, and I thought it was so cool he took the time to come see me play softball! My heart sank to find this sad news, as I was searching for family members to create a family tree. Grateful to have met him. Sending healing and hugs to family and friends. May Jim Rest in Peace. Tiffany Chalmer, Vancouver Island, BC - Posted by: Tiffany Chalmer (Jim is my great-uncle) on: Nov 12, 2017

  • My mother just heard and conveyed the passing – We both offer our deepest sympathy. It’s been so, so many years and although away from the area, I can’t help but feel an emptiness; “an icon in sports” has left us! You, as a family should be damn proud! I saw 1st hand the determination & grit, and without a doubt rubbed off to the family. My father, Gerry Rempel, and “Good Olde Jim” had many, many battles on those Little League fields. And the community service; they don’t make them like that anymore. Jim, I’ll miss you but more than that, the memories will never leave. You were a giant! -Dennis Buhlin, White Rock, BC - Posted by: Dennis Buhlin (Friend) on: Aug 03, 2017

  • It was with a great deal of sadness that I read of the passing of Jim (Mr. Mutcheson to us kids). This man played a huge part in helping many kids growing up in the Morden area to figure out some of the biggest lessons life has to offer. We didn't know it at the time, but learning how to be part of a team is important to all of us. Learning how to be better than we are through practice and dedication was one of the lessons Mr. M always worked on. This man was a positive influence on more kids than he would ever acknowledge, and we all appreciated it. We just never told him. I was one of those kids. My heart and thoughts go out to Mr. M's family at this time, and I'm sending out a huge HUG to Mrs. M (Sylvia) who was always the backbone of an amazing family. Respectfully, Derrick Chamberlain - Posted by: Derrick Chamberlain (Sports Coach) on: Jun 26, 2017

  • The true measure of a man cannot be measured. Its in the joy he creates, the community he's proud to call his own. I remember Mr. Mutcheson from my days doing broadcasts of Morden Bombers, Winkler Flyers & WInkler Royals in early 1980s on CISV radio. Those were the days! Great builders of young souls like Mr. Mutcheson, Dan Giesbrecht in Winkler, Ralph & Terry Dell, Philip Ens, Howie Sager & many more. They were thriving times in southern Manitoba; but more than economy it was a community of people who thrived on community. Jim Mutcheson was a leader to be sure - but more so a decent and honorable man. - Posted by: Maury Bay (Acquaintance `) on: Jun 24, 2017

  • My Dear Heather, I write for both Don and myself in the hopes that you find comfort in these words. We were truly saddened to hear of your dear father's passing. I am thinking of your mother and all of your family when I say that he sounds a most extraordinary and kind man. As I read the beautiful obituary and tribute to his life one word stuck and that word was "irreplaceable". We both wish you well at this very important time in all of your lives. Warmest regards from us who are so truly fond of you. d - Posted by: Daniel Millican-Wilson (Friend of Heather Mutcheson) on: Jun 24, 2017

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