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Born: Feb 20, 1938

Date of Passing: Aug 04, 2019

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February 20, 1938 - August 4, 2019

Jim was born in Transcona February 20, 1938. Peacefully and surrounded by love, Jim passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at the Concordia Hospital. He was 81 years old.
He was predeceased by his father James, his mother Nancy, his sister (Jean) in infancy, brothers-in-law, Rudyard and John.
He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Phyllis of 60 years, his children, Shannon, Kevin (Rochelle), Blair (Natalie) and David (Lisa) and grandchildren, Shaun, Mitchell, Ashton, Courtney, Akasha and Jones and sister Margo (Wayne) as well as extended sisters-in-law, Marg (Harry) Craig, Marilyn (Merv) Letts, Norine Brand and Una Mountain and many nieces and nephews.
Jim grew up in Transcona. He began his working career as a Carman at CN Rail, going from Transcona to Symington, Hamilton, Vancouver, Dauphin, The Pas and back to Symington. In 1982 he joined the Federal Government as a rail inspector. He retired from Transport Canada in 1994 and enjoyed 25 years of retirement.
In 1958 Jim married Phyllis (Jones) and after several moves with the railway they settled in Winnipeg in 1975 with their four children. He fixed bikes for the neighbourhood children, was a skilled carpenter and would take on any project. Together, they built a cottage at Ena Lake, Ontario, enjoyed the outdoors, particularly the many weekends at the cottage where great times were spent with friends and family. It was a great meeting place for many, providing everlasting memories.
Jim loved music. As a child he learned to play the violin, guitar and played the bagpipes with the Cameron Highlanders. There are many memories of him entertaining friends and family. His quick wit and sense of humour were enjoyed by many and also helped him through many health challenges.
There will be a celebration of Jim's life at the Oakbank United Church, 582 Balsam Crescent, Oakbank, MB on Thursday, August 8 at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

You're gone but not forgotten,
all our memories will be cherished,
no words will take away the pain.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 07, 2019

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I had the pleasure of working with a great boss and mentor at The Pas Car Department, Jim Raitt who gave me great encouragement in becoming a class A Carman. I worked with some great people there both on the Rip Track and the office. Due to family pressures I was granted a transfer to the Mountain Region and I am sure Jim supported me as this was not the norm to grant apprentices transfers. Ended up in Prince George. I will always remember him and he taught me self discipline which guided me through life. I just received this info here in Yuma where I winter and would like to extend late condolences to you and family. RIP Jim Thank You. Ken - Posted by: Ken Hoskins (1973 Carman apprentice 4th year) on: Nov 23, 2019

  • I wanted to offer Shannon and her family my Condolences. I went to school with Shannon. I do remember going to the Raitts house several times while we were in school. Brenlee school friend of Shannon's. - Posted by: Brenlee (Eakin) Groening (Childhood friend of Shannon's) on: Aug 09, 2019

  • My sincerest sympathies and deepest condolences to the Raitt family on the loss of their husband and father. He was a most dedicated and responsible person in his dealings with family and in his working career. His positive attitude and problem solving abilities were always appreciated by those who had the pleasure of working with him. I am very sorry to see him gone. - Posted by: Stanley Sass (Friend) on: Aug 08, 2019

  • I was very privileged to have gotten to know Jim in the past 13 years. He was a wonderful soul. I always loved hearing Jim's stories and how much knowledge he had to share. He truly experienced life and all it had to give. I saw a lot of Jim in his children. I really got to witness it in his daughter Shannon (my friend) when I watched her take on projects and sometimes assisted her in some of her carpentry project. My heart goes out to the Raitt Family. Hold all your good and funny memories close to your soul. I am sure Jim has gone on to share his wisdom and his skills in the Heaven above. Sincerely Jennifer - Posted by: Jennifer Davidson (Friend of Shannon ) on: Aug 08, 2019

  • I knew Jim as a co-worker who could always be counted on to help with problems or just make me laugh. He was a wonderful man and a great font of knowledge that he was always ready to share. - Posted by: Cindy Drul (Friend) on: Aug 08, 2019

  • Jim and Phyllis and I became immediate friends when we met soon after moving into the condo. Jim and I served on the board. I was constantly impressed with Jim’s intelligence and rational thinking. He was always considerate and used his great sense of humour to make his point. Over the years he was a mentor and a good friend. We shared many evening talking about old times and mutual acquaintances from Transcona. Their home was my winter refuge in a storm, I will surely miss my dear friend Jim but I knoythat goes to take his rightful place at our Saviours side. - Posted by: Sue Johannesson (Friend ) on: Aug 07, 2019

  • Blair Natalie and family, our deepest sympathy to you and the rest of the family. May he live on in your memories. - Posted by: Debbie & Bill Charles (Friends) on: Aug 07, 2019

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