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DENNIS JAMES WHAPHAM (JIM)
Born: Aug 07, 1952
Date of Passing: Feb 02, 2022Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
DENNIS JAMES WHAPHAM
August 7, 1952 - February 2, 2022
Heaven gained another great ball player, race handicapper, and general good guy when Jim passed away suddenly on February 2, 2022.
Jim was predeceased by his parents and his sister Judy Morris. He is survived by partner and best friend Bev, mother-in-law Marion, son Jeff (mother Sharon, wife Chantal, daughter Zena), brother Al, brothers-in-law, Wayne, Bob, Ken (Francine), Russ (Laura), sister-in-law Tracy (Todd), nieces and nephews.
Jim was born in Lethbridge, spent his youth in Belle River, Ontario, and then his adult years in Winnipeg, MB. Jim spent the majority of his working career with the City of Winnipeg and then in "retirement" held jobs with MTS and Standard Aero. These last years he worked for Equal Opportunities West. This position was one he loved very much; being with everyone at the agency brought him joy.
You may have known Jim by a different name! He was known as Spyder, James, and Jim. No matter the name, he enjoyed his connections to various ball teams (Rib Shack, Classics, Manitoba Speed). Jim was a skilled pitcher, and a keen strategist when coaching.
Jim had a second home at Assiniboine Downs, and valued his many friends (brothers) and fellow handicappers there.
Jim loved to chat and banter with people; he knew how to work a crowd, family gathering, or party, and would do his best to get folks laughing with his famous jokes. You are likely able to imagine Jim's delivery followed by his own laughter.
Jim kept various notes (horses, NFL picks, jokes) and one highlight was this poem he saved.
Friendship is a chain of gold
Shaped in God's all perfect mold.
Each link a smile, a laugh, a tear.
A grip of the hand, a word of cheer.
As steadfast as ages roll,
Binding closer soul to soul.
No matter how far or heavy the load,
Sweet is the journey on friendship's road.
Following Jim's wishes, no formal service will be held.
Ken Loehmer Funeral Services
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 19, 2022
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
James has always been like a beacon of hope for me. I remember going through some rough times silently, but James had sensed that and would always be helpful. The kind of commitment he displayed was indescribable perhaps the only way to describe it is he spread compassion to everyone around. I remember how he would brighten up even more as he would speak of his partner Bev. James, You will be greatly missed my Friend - Posted by: Ed (Friend/co-worker) on: Jun 06, 2022
James was my mentor when I started EOW. He gave me some good advise. Like “don’t leave clients in a running van”. And followed it up by a mishap that happened when he left clients in a running van. James kept us in stitches with his (bad) joke “Carol. The mice left a note in the storage room, they are pissed off because everything was locked in bins. (Sounded better when he said it). The last one was a computer virus ID10-T. I miss you like crazy James 😇. RIP buddy - Posted by: Carol Crawford (Co-worker @EOW) on: Feb 21, 2022
So very sorry to lose a good friend for many years, going back to our days with the 'city.' I was glad we were able to help each other out over the years. RIP Spyder. I will raise a toast next time I sit down for a beer. - Posted by: Allan Mowat (Friend ) on: Feb 21, 2022
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