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Date of Passing: Jan 08, 2021

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our father Jimmie Ray (Jim) Ragsdill, 81, of Arlington Texas. He passed peacefully in the arms of his two sons, Jody and Jamie, on January 8, 2021, at Mansfield Methodist Hospital.
A man who would and could strike a conversation with anyone who would allow and sometimes even those who would have resisted, Dad could make friends wherever he went. Dad met Mom (Karen) while stationed at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, their marriage of 54 years would be shared between Canada first and finally Texas later in their lives. Family and friends were paramount in Dad's life and regardless of distance, they would remain in his heart and thoughts always. The time spent at the lake with family and friends held a special place in Dad's heart and the memories that remain will continue on with his children. Of his many accomplishments, Dad was most proud of his involvement in civic life while living in Canada. The memories of his efforts with Valley Gardens Community Centre remained a source of pride and lore. Whether it be through the winter carnivals, ultra competitive bed races or the odd social, Dad was rarely shy. A Scout leader and volunteer with the Junior high school wilderness program awarded him an outlet to pass on experiences to kids that may not otherwise have had that opportunity. Dad was a Shriner as well as serving on the School Board, City Council and as Police Commissioner for the City of Winnipeg. He was a man that believed that getting involved was the only way to effect change. He loved time spent baking with his granddaughter, cherishing traditions passed down through both families and never missing the opportunity to love on any dog, be it familial or stranger to him.
Dad is survived by his two sons, Jody (Holly) and Jamie (Kelly), as well as grandchildren, Mackenzie, Megan, Merideth, Max and Renee; his sister Charlotte Newport (Forrest); sisters-in-law, Danielle Riel (John); Anita, Barbara and Lonnie Ragsdill, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Dad was predeceased by his wife Karen and son Kyle; parents, James and Ruth Ragsdill, in-laws, Dan and Mildred Blackburn, brothers, David and Ralph.

An always reliable presence in our lives,
you will be missed Dad.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • My condolences to you both on the passing of your father, Jimmie Ray. Many memories were re-lived as I read of the passing of your father who was a valued member of the Valley Gardens community and the city of Winnipeg. My father, Walter, respected your father for his honesty, his positive attitude, making sure that things were done correctly that would benefit the community. Your father always made a point to ask how everyone was doing when he dropped in at Copp's to pick up milk and bread on his way home. He even picked up Gary and drove him to the polling station to vote when your father was running in an election in Winnipeg because Jim believed that everyone should vote. May your father rest in peace. Sandra Copp, Gary Campbell, Victoria Copp - Posted by: Sandra Copp (Friend) on: Jan 18, 2021

  • Saddened to hear of the passing of your father and gtrandfather. many fond memories of winter hockey games outside at the club, carnival and socials and sharing many a glass of good rye and many more memories we will always treasure Our sincere condolences to all. - Posted by: Miriam and Brian Wright (Friends) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • Sending condolences to Jody, Jamie and all of their families during this difficult time. Your dad was a kind person who I have many fond memories of. Sincerely, Bruce - Posted by: Bruce Wright (Friend) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • I wish to extend my deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Jim’s family on this sad occasion. I knew Jim well when he was a trustee in River East School Division and when I was Director of Material Resources. Always energetic, always positive, always a man of action and always sincere. May the sun forever shine upon his face and the wind always be at his back. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. - Posted by: Norm Guilbert (Educational colleague.) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to you, Jody and Jamie and your families. Several years ago we were fortunate to visit with Karen and Jim while visiting family in Dallas. In their true form they were most hospitable. Not too long ago while speaking with Jim on the telephone he was as always, pleasant and ready to have a great conversation. We hope that the great memories you have of your Dad will sustain you during these difficult times. Len and Vicki Lazaruk (parents of Michael, Shannon and Scott) - Posted by: Len and Vicki Lazaruk (Valley Gardens neighbours) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • Dear Jody and Jamie and families, I am very sorry to read of the loss of your Dad. Reading his obituary brings back so many memories of our years spent in Valley Gardens with your Mom and Dad as our neighbours. Good times, that’s for sure! I am also very sorry to read of your Mom’s passing... please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Kathy (Ahlbaum) Courage and family. - Posted by: Kathy (Ahlbaum) Courage (Friend) on: Jan 16, 2021

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