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Date of Passing: May 20, 2019

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1940 - 2019

It was with profound sadness that we had to say "Farewell" to Jim on May 20, 2019.
Jim will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Orla; children, Colleen (Jason) Samulaitis, Alan (Leitta) Gillis and stepdaughters, Rhonda Hickes, Tannis (Bill) Kotschorek, Gwen Toonstra and Carla (Don) Holyk. "Poppa" will be forever cherished by his grandchildren, Macey (Scott), Clay (Kristy), Cole, Spencer, Reena, Gage, Reid, Travis and Cody. Also left to mourn are his sister Judy (Will) Frederick, brothers, Doug (Wendy) Gillis, Ron (Jeanette) Gillis and families; son-in-law Walter (Fern) and stepgrandchildren, Jamie (Patty) Hickes Jr., Heather (Nico) Capellen and families. He was predeceased by his parents, son-in-law Jamie Hickes and grandson Myles Hubatka.
Jim was born in Toronto, graduated from St. John's Ravenscourt in Winnipeg and obtained his Chartered Accountant's degree from the University of Manitoba in 1968.
Jim had a long and exceptional record of volunteer services. He was co-founder of the Winnipeg division of Big Brothers; chair of soccer during the 1967 Pan Am Games; in Scouts Canada he served as Winnipeg Regional President, President of the Manitoba Council, Vice President of the National Council in Ottawa and member of the National Audit Committee. In 1971, while Winnipeg Regional President, Jim was instrumental in establishing Beaver Scouts which became a national then an international movement. Jim's involvement with Scouts earned him the Silver Wolf, the highest award for volunteer services. Jim served as auditor, president and secretary of the St. Andrew's Society and was a founding member of the Scottish Gentlemen's Club.
Jim loved cottage life. First at our cottage at Clearwater Bay, Lake of the Woods and for the last 22 years at Pinawa Bay, Lac du Bonnet. Many happy times were spent at both places with family and friends. Besides his love of the lake, Jim also enjoyed travel, doing crosswords, dogs, good food and scotch. We will all miss his keen wit and sense of humour.
We wish to thank the wonderful staff at Concordia Hospital, in particular those in the ICU and N1 South. Thanks, also, to the Winnipeg Fire Paramedics and the home care workers.
If you desire, a donation may be made, in Jim's memory, to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of one's choice.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Canad Inns, 826 Regent Ave. West, Winnipeg.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 15, 2019

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • My late wife Marietta and I moved into our home to be on Pinawa Bay next door to Jim & Orla in 1998, and became instant friends. We shared many, many evenings together over delicious meals and lots of wine, rye and scotch. We talked about everything under the sun, families, vacations and more, and as the booze flowed we laughed and sometimes even argued but remained friends for over 21 years. We shared the same dock and when one of our tractors went belly up cut each others yards. When my wife and I moved out permanently in 2001 I looked after their home when they were back in the city and put up a goose fence for both of us and the Starks. Now we live on the Island but the summer of 2018 my new wife Barb and I came back for a visit and it was like we never left. Will miss you Jim and I will carry many good memories with me forever. Love Brian & Barb - Posted by: Brian Okell (Friend) on: Jun 15, 2019

  • We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts and thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Kathy and Mike McRae (Friend) on: Jun 15, 2019

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