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Born: Aug 26, 1950

Date of Passing: Jul 29, 2019

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August 26, 1950 - July 29, 2019

On July 29, 2019, Jim Selinger passed away after a five-month battle with brain cancer. He was sure he would win and was planning a trip to Calgary to visit his daughters, Mindy Peryk (Jonas) and Tara Selinger, and his beloved grandchildren, Mackenzie, Maddox, Holt and Elin.
He was predeceased by his parents, Ethel and Joseph Selinger and his good friend Earl McKenzie. He is survived by his loving partner Heather Black, his sisters, Marjorie Williams (Vardy), Joan Steiner (Rob) and brother Don Bachmann, as well as cousins, nieces and nephew.
Jim grew up on Ingersoll Street, a neighbourhood where parents and children formed friendships that last until today. The coffee club may be gone, but our memories and stories continue. Jim joined the air cadets and earned his pilot's license at age 17. He graduated from D.M.C.I. and then went on to obtain his B.A. from the University of Manitoba. After that he went to Minot State College and obtained his Master of Science in Audiology as well as making friendships that continue today.
He returned to Manitoba and settled in Brandon where he worked for the Department of Health for 10 years. He became active in the Kinsmen Organization and enjoyed playing on their hockey team. He then relocated with his family to Yellowknife where he worked for Stanton Territorial Hospital for 10 years. He worked as the sole audiologist and also travelled extensively to multiple small communities in the NWT and what later became Western Nunavut. Jim was responsible for securing multiple private donations which facilitated upgrades and enhanced programs in his department. He was well-respected by his colleagues and made many friends.
Upon returning to Winnipeg, he was employed by Winnipeg Hearing Centres from 2004 until his passing. He was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2008, but after treatment remained clear of cancer for 10 years. During that year, Jim found Chapin (his last Golden Retriever) who he credited with helping him through many tough times. Chapin became the celebrity runner in January, 2015 YMCA Resolution Run! Jim's love affair with Goldens began with Maggie and at one time he had five!
Jim loved hockey, skiing, travel, was a staunch supporter of the Blue Bombers and really enjoyed his fishing trips with Dale, Jim R., Mark, Rick, Earl, Tang and Alan. He became a team leader in the Dragon Boat Races and ran half marathons in Victoria, Las Vegas, Montreal and Yellowknife to raise funds for cancer research. On June 24, 2019 he walked 2.5 km with his team in the walkathon for brain cancer. He called his team the Manitoba Brain Farts!
Jim leaves behind many friends, family and colleagues who will miss him. Thanks to everyone who offered support through these difficult days.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Paradise Restaurant, 789 Portage Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Winnipeg Humane Society, CancerCare Manitoba or the Brain Tumour Foundation.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 10, 2019

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • It is with great sadness that I sat down to write this tribute to my friend Jim Selinger. We worked together for 10 years while we both lived in Brandon. We were in Kinsmen together and we shared an active social life. When Jim and Terry got married they honored me by asking that I lead them in their vows. Jim had a strong sense of community and a strong sense of family. His friendships ran deep. And his dogs! This man loved his dogs. Many years ago Jim became aware of a female with a litter of pups that had been abandoned (perhaps inadvertently) by their owners. Jim felt he had a personal stake in their situation. He jumped in his car, drove from Brandon to Saskatoon. He found the pups, brought the litter home to Brandon, and found good homes for each puppy. Our home was one of them. Need I say the mother was a Golden Retriever? Jim loved his goldens. As sometimes happens, even with strong friendships, we saw less of each other in recent years although my admiration and respect for him never wavered. Sue and I offer our sincere condolences to Jim's family and friends. Our hearts are heavy with this loss. Rest in Peace buddy. - Posted by: Sheldon Hiltz (friend) on: Sep 14, 2019

  • Our Deepest sympathy goes out to my sister Heather whom loved Jim, and to both Jim's daughters and his two sisters and brother. Margaret and I had Heather and Jim at our home in Ottawa several times over the years. We always enjoyed having them with us... great company. Jim always spoke with purpose and was an excellent listener. Jim loved dogs(both Chapin and Heather's Elly) and our dog Scoobie (Irish terrier) loved Jim and Heather and took to them right away. I remember that Jim and I had a good one on one long positive conversation one early morning about his life and his neighborhood he grew up in and I shared in the conversation. Jim was very easy to open up to and was our true friend. Jim when invited for dinner always showed up with a special vintage wine that we all enjoyed together and good dinner table conversation and was always in a positive mood and smiling. We loved Jim and we are truly sorry he passed. God bless! Love Always Randall and Marg - Posted by: Randall Black (Brother to Heather Black) on: Aug 13, 2019

  • I am sorry to hear of the passing of your uncle, brother, brother-in-law, father and grandfather. I have fond memories of the family and appreciated Jim's, Rob's and Ron's help when I was doing renovations on my house at the time. It has been several years and I had always thought Jim had relocated to be closer to his kids and grandkids I know they were the light of his life. Love you Rob and Joan and family my thoughts are with you. Tracy - Posted by: Tracy Malliaris (formerly Steiner) (Family friend) on: Aug 11, 2019

  • A friendship to treasure is such a blessing, and Jim provided this for me. His thoughtfulness and giving manner reflected the genuine nature of his character. I enjoyed so much the opportunities we had, to share time fishing, going to Wheat Kings Hockey games, and just spending time together. Jim was a very complex "character", very hard to read, very private, and the most considerate man I've ever known. His expression of thoughts and well wishes were so meaningful, deep and more than just words. I have been truly blessed to know you. I will miss you my friend, and tight lines my brother. - Posted by: Dale Kotowsky (Friend) on: Aug 10, 2019

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