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Born: Sep 12, 1923

Date of Passing: Nov 28, 2021

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September 12, 1923 – November 28, 2021

James Arthur Craig, known fondly as Jim, passed away on Sunday, November 28 at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the age of 98.
He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Frances Marolyn Craig (née Houston) and their infant son Thomas. James (Jim) is survived by his sister Jean Oatway and his sisters-in-law, Josephine Rae and Marion Craig; his children, Susan Manness (Mark), Janice Vosper (Greg), Jim S. Craig (Renate), Dan Craig (Brenda), Lori Matthews (Jonathan), Kristjana Commandeur (Ted), Matthew Craig (Delcie) and Kerry Craig (Margot); his 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Born to William and Janet (Jennie) Craig on September 12, 1923, Jim was the 11th and youngest child on the family farm at Sturgeon Road and Saskatchewan Avenue in Winnipeg. Jim was a veteran of the Second World War. In 1942, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Signal Corps and served overseas in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Holland. After returning to Winnipeg, Jim obtained his Agricultural Diploma at the University of Manitoba. He met the love of his life, Marolyn, at the Winnipeg Roller Skating Rink and they were married on September 18, 1948.
The happy couple lived in Winnipeg on Sackville Street and then 958 Winnipeg Avenue before moving to a mixed farm at Argyle, Manitoba and starting their family. In 1959, they moved to Arborg, Manitoba, where Jim accepted a position with the Veterans Land Act, later known as the Farm Credit Corporation (FCC), as a Credit Advisor. In Arborg, Jim and Marolyn made many friends and were active in the community. Jim served on the Ardal Lutheran Church council and the Arborg Hospital board. The family then moved to Portage La Prairie in 1974, where Jim continued his career with the FCC as a District Supervisor, retiring in 1985.
Jim and Marolyn then moved to Glen Bay and built their lake retreat for their retirement years on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, near Camp Morton, Manitoba. They enjoyed travel immensely with friends and family, visiting Cuba, the United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico and Hawaii, until Marolyn became ill and later passed away in 2008. Jim made the decision to move into Gimli, where he continued to enjoy walks, breakfasts at the Gimli Hotel and his membership at New Horizons, particularly lawn bowling. At the age of 95, Jim moved to Winnipeg to be closer to family and lived at Sturgeon One.
Jim was an inspiration to all who knew him for his integrity, spirit of community, love of family and steadfast care of his beloved wife Marolyn.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Grace Hospital and the staff at Sturgeon One in Winnipeg.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Siloam Mission and Health Sciences Centre Foundation.
Memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the MacKenzie Funeral Chapel, Stonewall. The service will be live streamed online at
Due to public health restrictions all attendants must be fully vaccinated and provide confirmation.

MacKenzie Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 04, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • We wish to extend our condolences to the family from Don and I. He was a super guy and we will miss him dearly. I first met Jim when my husband John and I moved from Winnipeg to Glen Bay. He was the first one to greet us and say welcome. When John died, he made sure I was never left out of any of the goings on in the community. We had many card games, parties, neighbourhood dinners, etc. Marilyn and Jim were great hosts. He was proud of all his large family and loved you very much. I am so sorry I can’t attend his funeral but I’m afraid Don is not well and I can’t leave him for that long. - Posted by: Georgie Rutter (Friend) on: Dec 11, 2021

  • I met Jim in 1975 when I worked in a summer staff position at the Portage la Prairie office of FCC. I quickly learned to appreciate his wit, wisdom, ethics and patience with me and the other staff members, We also moved to our lovely home on the shores of Lake Winnipeg in Gimli in 2020 and I would have loved to have crossed paths with him again. Alas, I didn't know he was living so close to us. My condolences to all the family, several of whom I got to know well in 1975 as they invited me to their home. Randy Baldwin - Posted by: Randy Baldwin (Long lost friend) on: Dec 09, 2021

  • To the Craig and Manness family, extending my deepest and heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your dear father James. A. Craig. So very sorry to learn he passed away. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tribute of your family's patriarch. A dear soul, imagine all the lives he touched along the way! Thinking of you all at this very sad and most difficult time. Lynda Ruban staff and friends at the HSC Foundation - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Dec 06, 2021

  • We are so saddened to hear about Jim's passing. We didn't know him for very long, but loved his jest for life. We met through the Gimli Lawn Bowling club. My husband, Ian, use to tell Jim that he was an inspiration and that he, my husband, hoped to be playing in his 90s just as Jim was. Your dad, grandpa, great grandpa was one of a kind. People come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Jim came into our lives for a season and a reason and we are blessed because of having met him. Condolences to his family at this difficult time. Sincerely, Elaine and Ian Thompson - Posted by: Ian and Elaine Thompson (Gimli friends) on: Dec 04, 2021

  • Jim and I had a special friendship - his knowledge of so many things was often passed on to me - my sympathies to you, his family in the loss of a very, very nice man. - Posted by: Kathie Kushnir (friend and cut his hair for many years(your om also)) on: Dec 04, 2021

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