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It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of James Blahey at Health Science Centre on March 10, 2022.
Jim was the son of Steven and Marie Blahey. He lived in the Sky Lake area all his 75 years.
Jim is predeceased by his parents, Steven and Marie Blahey; his in-laws, Victor and Norma Ching; numerous aunts and uncles and four cousins.
Jim is survived by the love of his life, his wife Gail and his son Jeffrey; brothers, David (Ruth), Carl (Diane); sister Louise (Bernie); brother-in-law Lloyd Ching (Susan); nieces and nephews, Michael, Bradley, Kelly, Jennifer, Stephanie, Tiffany and Melanie, Kristen, Garnet (Ching). Jim had numerous great-nieces and nephews, 13 in total. He always had a little grin and loved to tease, he took great comfort in all his family.
Jim was a strong willed man, he loved life. He was a great man, he loved to socialize with friends, loved going to town on Fridays and shopping at Co-op. His life was revolved around work. He had a very strong work ethic. He was especially proud of his son Jeff when they were fixing machinery. Jim always told him if it's broke you fix it, if it's not broke you break it and then you fix it again. Jeffrey was raised by Dad's motto, no such thing as can't and won't.
Jim at an early age fulfilled his dream of becoming a heavy equipment operator, which he did for many years with many different contractors all over Manitoba. He got very happy to see a D9 Cat. In 1971, he decided he wanted to start cattle farming and bought his first Hereford cows. Jim had great love for his Belgium team of horses. He always fed with them in the earlier years. He always said they didn't have to be plugged in and they were cheap on gas.
This finalized Jim's life and now we are left with such wonderful memories. Jim's last words in his 75 years were to his nurse, he took her by the hand and said if she could hold his pocket knife.
The family wishes to thank the Gimli Hospital, the Paramedics, the staff in Neurology Dept. at HSC for all their care and compassion.
Cremation has taken place, there will be a celebration of Jim's life at a later date.
We'll always love and miss you.
Ken Loehmer Funeral Services
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 19, 2022
Condolences & Memories (13 entries)
Our sincere condolences Gail and Jeff. - Posted by: Oleski (Neighbour) on: Jun 17, 2022
Our condolences to the family. Jim was a super person, always with a smile He will be missed. - Posted by: Bernice and Roy Danielson (Friend) on: May 29, 2022
Most sincere condolences to all Jim's family, extended family and close friends during this sad time. - Posted by: Gladys & Leonard Kohler (Acquaintance) on: May 28, 2022
Tonight tears flow but smiles will come back . I have so many memories of Jim but the one that stands out most is the CAT badge Jim wore on his belt and how he’d like to show off his big biceps from throwing bales. My thoughts are with Gail and family. My memories of my family on the farm will never leave me . - Posted by: Brian Wasylyshyn (Cousin ) on: May 24, 2022
To All The Family, Our Sympathy on the loss of your brother. - Posted by: Richard & Jeanette Zedril (Friends of the Romance Family) on: Mar 28, 2022
We are so sorry for your loss Gail & Jeffrey, and to all the family..Jim always had a smile on and hello to go with it. - Posted by: karen leochko (friend) on: Mar 21, 2022
My deepest condolences Gail & Jeff. - Posted by: Jackie Dern (Friend) on: Mar 21, 2022
Sincere condolences to Jimmie's family. Sorry to read that he has passed away. He was a childhood neighbor, friend & classmate. He was always a pleasant person to be around. - Posted by: Daniel & Carol Chaszewski & family. (Friend) on: Mar 21, 2022
Will miss you Uncle Jim. My thoughts go out to Jeffery and my Auntie Gail. - Posted by: Kristin (Niece) on: Mar 20, 2022
My condolences to the immediate family and sadness upon hearing of Jim’s passing. Often we would meet at the co- op, fall suppers, etc. and always enjoyed a good laugh. Rest In Peace Jim. Always remembered. Walter Tycholis - Posted by: Walter Tycholis (Cousin) on: Mar 20, 2022
I WISH TO EXPRESS SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO GAIL AND JEFFREY AND ALL THE EXTENDED FAMILY AFTER HEARING THE NEWS OF JIM'S PASSING. MAY THE MEMORIES OF GOOD TIMES WITH JIM HELP ALL OF YOU THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME. FROM: COUSIN BOB BLAHEY - Posted by: Bob Blahey (Cousin) on: Mar 20, 2022
Dearest Gail and Jeff, I am so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you ❤️ xoxo - Posted by: Josie Monkman (Friend ) on: Mar 20, 2022
My deepest sympathy to Gail and Jeff. Jim was a super neighbour, so kind & helpful. I remember looking out to find him watching my horses from the road. Always having a smile on his face. The world needs more men like Jim. RIP - Posted by: Betty C (X neighbour ) on: Mar 19, 2022
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