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JAMES BRIAN MCCURDY (JIM)

Born: May 02, 1946

Date of Passing: Jun 26, 2020

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JAMES BRIAN MCCURDY
May 2, 1946 - June 26, 2020

It is with deep sadness we announce that James Brian McCurdy passed away June 26, 2020.
Jim was predeceased by the love of his life Frances (Baraschuk) in 2016 and leaves to mourn his daughter Darci (Rick), son Garth (Kristin), along with his grandchildren, Rachael, Kaitlyn, Austin, Melody and Alaynna.
Jim was born in Winnipeg to a large family which included four brothers, Rudi, Ed, Alan, Bruce, and three sisters, Dolly, Heidi and Diane.
Jim grew up in south Winnipeg until his early teens when he decided it was time to try to make it on his own. He held down numerous jobs before settling into working in the printing industry.
Jim married Fran in 1968 in Winnipeg and started their life together in St. Vital before moving to Stonewall around 1975 where they spent 33 years raising their family. Jim and Fran spent time camping, bike riding, hanging out at Kinsmen Lake and spending time with his close friends on Shady Lane. They met some of their lifelong friends there and continued to stay in touch over the years.
Jim and Fran decided to downsize once the kids had moved out and moved to Winnipeg to the Courts of St. James in 2008. Even though they moved to Winnipeg, Jim remained employed at the local lumber yard helping people with their projects. It also allowed him to stay in touch with his friends from Stonewall. They continued to stay in touch with their Stonewall friends and were able to make new ones in the community in Winnipeg. After Jim retired, they would make daily visits to the Salisbury House or Perkins restaurants every day having breakfast and coffee with neighbours talking about all the important things retired people do.
Jim followed his brothers lead and spent most of his work life in the printing industry. He spent the bulk of his years at Public Press on Ellice and King Edward producing such things as the Cattleman and other UGG publications. When it was sold in the late 1990s, Jim took some odd jobs before finding a new career at Jostens Canada where Fran had been working for many years. Jim and Fran got to spend all their time together commuting, having lunch and working side by side until they retired.
Jim was an avid reader and loved mystery, spy novels and most anything he could get his hands on. He was also a very big movie and TV fan and was always the first to try new technology, like the 10-foot satellite dish in his back yard that brought hundreds of options for them to watch.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic team along with the Winnipeg Police Service. Your compassion and actions were truly appreciated.
Due to current Covid-19 regulations a private service will take place in the coming days. Should you wish to view the service virtually, please contact 204-771-0524.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Manitoba Lung Association.


Ken Loehmer Funeral Services
204-886-0404

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 04, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • We first met Jim when he worked at the Lumber store here in Stonewall. He helped us in so many ways while we renovated our house. After our work was finished, we would stop in just to say hello to him because he was so friendly. We often had coffee with him and also his wife at the Rock. Then his wife became ill and he moved to the city. We didn't see him for a time. After his wife passed, we saw him off and on and we were always glad to catch up. I think he liked Stonewall because he had happy memories here. We will miss his friendship and kind nature. Our condolences to his family and other friends. - Posted by: Ted Monkman and Rae Reid (Friends and customers) on: Jul 06, 2020

  • So sorry and really shocked to hear of your Dad's passing!!!! We became friends with your Dad and Mom when they moved to the Courts of St. James. We spent lots of time together at Sals for coffee!!! We saw him frequently in the Mall, met him lots of times in the corridors and in the elevator since your Mom's passing. We had some good times with your folks the past few years. Sending deep condolences to all the family!!!! - Posted by: Weldon & Alice Pollett (friend from Courts of St James) on: Jul 04, 2020

  • We are Thinking of You, All of Jim's Family & close Friends, and sending our "Deepest and, Most heartfelt Sympathy" in your Loss of Someone so Special in your lives....We never really got to truly Know Jim: Sad to Say", but know he was a very "Devoted and Caring" Brother & Father" from hearing those words from some of the members of his Family. We Wish you "Comfort from each other" and knowing you had someone so Valued in your lives to Remember with Love... Sincerely cousin Ron; and Janet - Posted by: Janet Jundt (Cousin & Friend) on: Jul 04, 2020

  • My deepest sympathy goes out to Jim's family on the shocking news of his death. I knew Jim from Public Press. He worked in the plant and I worked in the office for many years. I was surprised when I ran into him one day at the courts and for the first time there I met his lovely wife. I would run into them both quite often in the elevator and was saddened when he told me of his wife's passing. After that I would run into Jim almost every day because we would pass each other with me hall walking and Jim with his walker. Even though he was not well he never gave up walking with his walker either. I hadn't seen him for a while but never gave it any thought until I read this morning's obits and I am just shocked. - Posted by: Joan Porteous (Acquaintance at Public Press and Neighbour at the Courts of St. James) on: Jul 04, 2020

  • Our sincere condolences at the passing of your Dad and Grandpa, Darci and Rick, Garth and Kristin and families. Cheryl and Jack Willis - Posted by: Cheryl Willis (Friend) on: Jul 04, 2020

  • Sorry for your loss Garth, Kristin & family. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Deb Isfeld - Posted by: Deb Isfeld (Friend) on: Jul 04, 2020

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