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Date of Passing: Mar 02, 2022

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It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of James A. MacMillan (Jim). Jim passed away peacefully March 2, 2022 in Winnipeg Manitoba.
Jim leaves behind his wife Joan of 57 years; son John (Leah) and daughter Janet (Phil); his three grandsons, Cameron, Aidan and Connor and his brothers, Ian (Lisa) and Chris.
Jim was predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law, Anne and Peter and his parents, Betty and Donald.
Jim was born 1940 in Pembroke, Ontario and had retired as a professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Manitoba, after graduating from University of Toronto (Guelph) and earning his Doctoral degree at Ames Iowa. Jim started his family in Ames and Winnipeg and although his work led him to Vancouver (UBC) and Calgary (CERI) and back to Winnipeg (U of M), Jim kept close ties with friends from Guelph, Ames and Winnipeg.
Jim enjoyed travelling, camping with family and friends, fishing and International travels, both personal and professional, with trips to Brazil, China, Africa and sabbaticals in Mexico and Zimbabwe, Africa, as well as a month long driving adventure with Joan touring New Zealand. The adventures were numerous, from camping and cottage visits in northern Ontario, to camping and skiing on the west coast and Vancouver Island and having a small hobby farm in Calgary with horses, cats and dogs, pigs and chickens, all enjoyed and shared with family and dear friends. Jim was an academic researcher of agriculture economics, an avid reader, skier and golfer, he enjoyed good food and wine, long walks and football games.
At Jim's request, cremation has taken place.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 05, 2022

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Dear Joan and family My condolences, on behalf of myself and the Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences on the passing of Jim. We overlapped by a few years, but, being from different departments, Jim and I did not have extensive contacts. Nevertheless, the Faculty is proud to have had Jim as a member of its leadership team, and we are grateful to him for sharing his economic insights with colleagues and with our students for many years. Martin - Posted by: Martin Scanlon (former colleague) on: May 18, 2022

  • Marta joins me in sending our sincere condolences to Jim’s family. It is a long time since I was a graduate student associated with Jim but the memories are both crystal clear and pleasant. Jim was a real enthusiast who always seemed to find a way to get the best from those around him. In fact life seemed to be fun even when at work when he was so encouraging. He will be well remembered by many people both within and outside his profession. Respectfully Laurie and Marta Baker - Posted by: Laurie Baker (Former graduate student) on: Mar 15, 2022

  • I have known Jim & Joan for close to 50 years. He gave me my 1st job in 1973 at U of M and he quickly became a mentor and friend. Jim was known for his infectious enthusiasm, optimism and confidence, traits which rubbed off on those with whom he worked and interacted. I offer my sincere thoughts to Joan and the family. Gordon Gislason - Posted by: Gordon Gislason (workmate and friend) on: Mar 14, 2022

  • Cynthia and I send our sincere condolences to Jim's family. I will always be grateful to Jim for giving me my first academic job and I really enjoyed having Jim as my Department Chair. One of my favourite memories of Jim goes back to when I interviewed at the U of MB. Jim picked me up at the airport and opened the conversation by telling me that we went to the same high school in SW Ontario. That went a long way towards putting a nervous doctoral candidate on his first job interview at ease! - Posted by: Scott Jeffrey (colleague and friend) on: Mar 10, 2022

  • Dr. MacMillan was very supportive of me during my student days many years ago. I am forever grateful for Jim's help and guidance and I will never forget him. - Posted by: Ian Anderson (student) on: Mar 07, 2022

  • Dear John, I am sorry to hear of Jim's death. My sincere condolences. I often think of the good times we had in Winnipeg: after curling lunches, bridge games, etc. I remember especially our "cruise through the Great Lakes and out the St. Lawrence. Wonderful memories. Be well - Posted by: Elizabeth Larmond Elliot (friend) on: Mar 07, 2022

  • Dear Joan. So sorry for the loss of your husband and great travel partner. I haven’t seen you for some time but think of you often. Barbara Zolinski, past coworker - Posted by: Barbara zolinski (Coworker ) on: Mar 06, 2022

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