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Born: Feb 12, 1949

Date of Passing: Feb 23, 2021

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With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our husband, dad and grandpa. Jim passed away peacefully at home following a lengthy illness, on February 23, 2021.
Jim is survived by his wife, Chris; daughters, Mandy and Wendy; granddaughter Nevaeh, light of his life and #1 Dolly, as well as many relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his father Michael Lewick; mother Mary Lamontagne; stepfather Red Lamontagne; sister Carol Burdeny; in-laws, John and Kay Kuz; brothers-in-law, Paul Lavallee and Kenneth Burdeny.
Jim was born in Winnipeg, February 12, 1949. He grew up in Winnipeg, and decided to leave school at age 16. He worked a variety of jobs including E.J. Casey Shows, building rafters in Oakbank, and moving houses with his stepfather. He chose to upgrade his education, and attend apprentice plumbing school in 1968, to become a Journeyman plumber. He started Jim's Plumbing in Gimli in 1974, which he operated up until his retirement in 2017. Jim was well known and respected by his clients and fellow contractors alike.
Jim met Chris in 1966, and it was love at first sight. They married in 1973, and spent 47 years building their life together. Family was important too, as was evident in his pride for his "three girls". His family and friends will fondly remember great times; camping, fishing, curling, card games, travelling and other adventures.
Cremation has taken place. At Jim's request there will be no formal service.
The family would like to express gratitude to our many friends and family for your calls, kindness and support throughout this difficult time. Thank you to the many medical staff that provided care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to STARS ambulance, as they gave our family the gift of three extra years with Jim.

Family would like to invite friends to sign the
online book of condolences at

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (17 entries)

  • I have very fond memories of my Uncle Jim. Rest In Peace. Thought’s and prayers to my Aunt Chris and cousins Mandy, Wendy and Neveah. Love always Lisa - Posted by: Lisa Filby (Niece ) on: Oct 16, 2022

  • Chris and family, So sad to hear about Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Larry and Karen Gottfried (Friend) on: Mar 07, 2021

  • Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Take care of each other. - Posted by: John & Donna Paluk (friend) on: Mar 04, 2021

  • My condolences to you all. Jim was a wonderful man with a wonderful family. he was always willing to answer a question to help you out! - Posted by: Paula Stimpson (Business/Friend) on: Mar 01, 2021

  • We are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Our condolences go out to Christine and the family. Jim will be sadly missed in the community. He was a friend to all and always helpful with whomever he met. We had some great Fall lunches together at Janet's during the plumbing draining season. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this most difficult time. Rick & Darlene - Posted by: Rick Warner & Darlene (Friend) on: Mar 01, 2021

  • Chris and Family, We are so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Rest In Peace, Jim - Posted by: Penny & Bob Malinowski (Friends) on: Mar 01, 2021

  • Chris & family. Please accept our sincere condolences. - Posted by: Roger&betty Chammartin (Friends ) on: Feb 28, 2021

  • Chris, Mandy, Wendy, & Naveah💕 Please accept our heartfelt & deepest sympathy in your loss. We will forever cherish the memories of our fun, laughter, visits and camping trips together. Our thoughts and prayers to all 🙏🙏 - Posted by: Gloria & Jim Yaremkiewich (Friends ) on: Feb 28, 2021

  • Chris, Mandy, Wendy and Navaeh, My deepest sympathy to you all. Jim was such a nice person and I am saddened to read of his passing. RIP Jim - Posted by: Betty C (Friend) on: Feb 28, 2021

  • Dear Chris, Judy, Bernie and families. We were so saddened to hear of Jim's passing. Please know we are thinking of you all with much love and send our deepest condolences. I will always remember my dear cousin. Big hugs to everyone. Peter and Barb xx - Posted by: Peter and Barbara Horder (Wishnowski) (cousin) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • We were sad to hear of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Carl & Linda Weshnoweski and family (Family friend) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • Dear Chris, Mandy, Wendy, Nevaeh and entire extended family, my heart goes out to you all at the passing of your beloved Jimmy. I’ll always remember him coming to baba’s and pulling my ponytail and knocking my rocks off the hopscotch on the sidewalk. He fought long and hard and is now at peace. Although there are no words just know that myself and my entire family is deeply saddened and thinking of you all at this time. Sharon Lussier and family. - Posted by: Sharon Lussier (Cousin) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • Sending our most sincere condolences to you and all your family during this sad and most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. - Posted by: Gladys & Leonard Kohler (Acquaintance) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • My deepest sympathy Chris & the girls Thinking of u all 🙏🙏 - Posted by: Roger & Angie Perron (Acquittante) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • Sympathies to you and your family Chris. Our thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Marilyn and David Robinson (friend) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • Chris, Mandy & Wendy, there really aren’t any words that could ease your pain and sorrow at this very trying time but please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Personally, I greatly admired Jim for his wonderful sense of humour, dedication to friends, family and his community. From my professional perspective I admired his work ethic and reliability that I found to be beyond reproach. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Laurie Russin - Posted by: Laurence (Laurie) Russin (Business Acquaintance ) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • Dear Chris and family. Our sincere condolences to you and your family on Jim's passing. We pray that you all find comfort knowing that he is no longer in pain. 🙏🙏 - Posted by: Ron & Linda Halldorsonm LP (Friends) on: Feb 27, 2021

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