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Date of Passing: Jun 15, 2021

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1934 – 2021

Peacefully and with fortitude, Dad passed away on June 15, 2021, at the age of 86.
Dad is survived by his loving wife Lorraine McRae; his children, Steve (Liz), Carrie, Trevor (Maureen) and Brad (Wanda); grandchildren, Jillian, Sydney and Craig, Madison and Payton, Mason; great-granddaughter Ainsley; sister Evelyn, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Dad was predeceased by his parents, James and Lila McRae; brothers, Earl and Brent; sisters, Ramona and June.
Dad grew up on a farm in Elva, Manitoba where he learned the value of hard work and helping others. Stricken by Polio at the age of two, it would force him to wear a leg brace made from steel that Grandpa McRae made in the blacksmith shop until the day Dad passed. Never a whimper or whine came from Dad regarding his setback, he was as hearty and durable as they come. Dad was never going to be a person that sat at a desk - that just was not his thing. As a young man Dad rode rail from town to town, province to province, either as a farm hand or junior mechanic. Eventually finding his way to Winnipeg where he was a mechanic at Kingsway Transportation for 25 years before retiring.
Dad was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His gritty personality and unmatched sense of humour were what everyone loved about him. One of Dad's favourite sayings was "ah bullshit!" You always knew where you stood with Dad because he was not one to mince words. Dad would catch you off guard with cringe worthy moments or make you burst out laughing because you thought to yourself... "did he just say that!"
Jim, Dad, Grandpa, you meant so much to all of us. When we think of you our hearts fill with pride. Your mischievous smile is already so sorely missed, your gentle kindness was always felt, you have left a hole in our hearts that can never be filled. We miss you dearly. We love you Dad.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg.

Family and friends may sign a
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Glen Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 26, 2021

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • Our condolences to Lorraine and family. I had tried to phone few months back to talk. We have many fond memories of Jim when we lived at the Apartment and all the fun the 4 of us had. Hoping you are doing well Lorraine. Keep in touch. Hugs to all the kids and their families. RIP Jim miss you !💞🙏 - Posted by: Richard and Donna Jupp (Friends for long time ) on: Jul 07, 2022

  • Dear Lorraine, and family. I have no words to describe the loss I feel. Even though we weren't that close lately, I have many fond memories of my Uncle Jim. Always with a smile, a teasing joke (hey toothpick he used to say to me). Lorraine and Jim never failed to let my mom know when Irish singers or dancers were on TV. He always called mom "Irish". There were many times I babysat the kids when they were small and enjoyed my time with Uncle Jim and Aunty Lorraine. I have thought about you so much and remember the past with great happiness. Love Tessie - Posted by: Esther Forshaw (nee Peary) (niece) on: Mar 10, 2022

  • I have found memories of Mr. McRae growing up as a friend to the family. May he RIP. 🙏🏻 - Posted by: Don McGregor (Friend of the family ) on: Jul 05, 2021

  • We are thankful and blessed to be a part of your life and hope we can offer comfort and strength during your time of need. You are a sincere dedicated caregiver / son with desire for compassion and care towards your loved ones. Our sincere condolences to you and your family - Posted by: The Murphy’s (In laws ) on: Jul 01, 2021

  • Although years have gone by and our busy lives took over we have fond memories never forgotten. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. I (Karen) was looked after by Lorraine and Jim and I later babysat for them. Jim was always warm and kind. Sorry for your loss, we are remembering you at this time. Mary and Karen - Posted by: Mary Klushewich and Karen (Friend) on: Jun 28, 2021

  • Lorraine and family, Our deepest condolences on your loss. May his soul Rest In Peace. Randall and family. - Posted by: Randy Charles (Relative) on: Jun 27, 2021

  • Deepest condolences. Love Andrew & Jaci Donaghy - Posted by: Andrew & Jaci Donaghy (Family) on: Jun 26, 2021

  • Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Our condolences to Lorraine and family. We met Jim at Tim's on Dakota and enjoyed many good conversations together. He was very proud of his family and their accomplishments. He was a funny, caring individual. R.I.P. Jim. Ken & Karen E. - Posted by: Ken & Karen (coffee friends) on: Jun 26, 2021

  • Dear Lorraine & family, Our hearts go out to you at this time of loss and deep sorrow. Love & Hugs Andre & Alice Viallet - Posted by: Alice Viallet (Family friends) on: Jun 26, 2021

  • We became good friends through our children playing hockey and that friendship continued on. Numerous “good times“ were had by all, leaving wonderful memories. Lorraine and family; our hearts go out to you in this time of sorrow. - Posted by: Gilbert and Annette Berard (Friends) on: Jun 26, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences to Lorraine and family. We were neighbors for a few years in St. Vital. The Barton's - Posted by: Gordon & Marguerite Barton (friends) on: Jun 26, 2021

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