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Born: Oct 24, 1947

Date of Passing: Oct 07, 2022

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October 24, 1947 - October 7, 2022

On Friday, October 7, 2022, James Dalton passed away peacefully at the age of 74. He was predeceased by wife Sandy (nee Hastings) in 1991 and is survived by Claudette Chapman.
James will be lovingly missed by his three children, Mark (Oana), Andrea, and Kimberly; his grandchildren, Stefan, Andre, Brad, Benjamin, and Aaron; and by his siblings, Jan (Doug) Messing, Ken (Marina), and Ron (Helene) as well as his large extended family.
James was born in Calgary on October 24, 1947 to Kathleen and Gordon Dalton, but spent most of his life in Winnipeg. He grew up active in the St. James community and graduated from St. James Collegiate in 1965.
James was a graduate of the University of Manitoba (PhD in Immunology, 1975) and completed his post doctoral research at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. He went on to work in diagnostic healthcare for over 43 years: Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre (1979-2003), Diagnostic Services of Manitoba (founding CEO, 2003-2011), Dalton Health Care Consulting (2011-2021), and the University of Manitoba (Assistant Professor, 1979-2022). Recently, he was most proud of his volunteer work with The Canadian Executive Service Organization, which included assignments in Guyana and Kazakhstan. James was a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry since 1984.
James enjoyed time at the cottage, travelling, completing a home renovation project, or reading a favourite book. James was a role model to many and cared deeply about his family and friends; his commitment to others was evident in all he did.
James spent most of his life active and healthy, always up for any sort of physical task and with a seemingly infinite supply of energy. Even when slowed down in his last years, he was determined to travel one more time to visit friends and family in the U.K.
A celebration of his life will be held at Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway, on Friday, October 14th, 2022 at 2:00pm. A private reception to follow.
Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends desire, a donation may be made in James' memory to The Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Society of Canada ( or The Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba (

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 12, 2022

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • So saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I knew Jim over a period of 30 years in the capacity of mentor, colleague, CEO Diagnostic Services Manitoba, and several other professional roles he served. He was a motivated leader with a vision, which brought about significant improvements in the practice of Laboratory Medicine in the Province. He will be greatly missed by many of us who were privileged to know him. To Jim's Family, please accept my sincere condolences. - Posted by: Tom Dembinski (Professional Colleague) on: Oct 22, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of Dr. Dalton's passing. I had the honour of working with him during his time at Diagnostic Services of Manitoba. May he Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Silvana Dupre (Work Colleague) on: Oct 17, 2022

  • Had the privilege of being able to see Jim lead both the laboratory team but also a team across HSC looking at information system needs and preparing long term plans. He was a leader, mentor (to me) and friend. Peace and comfort to his family and friends. - Posted by: Craig B. Doerksen (Work colleague ) on: Oct 16, 2022

  • Jim’s dedication to health care delivery was admirable. I enjoyed our work together. May peace be with him. - Posted by: Trish Bergal (Former Colleague) on: Oct 13, 2022

  • Dear Kim and family, please accept our condolences on the loss of your Dad and grandfather. - Posted by: Peter and Niki (Long time ago friends) on: Oct 12, 2022

  • We both enjoyed working with Jim in his various roles at HSC and Diagnostic Services MB. He was very knowledgeable, easy to work with, very supportive and an excellent supervisor. Our sincere condolences to Jim’s family on the loss of this very good man. - Posted by: Richard & Karen Howell (Work Colleagues) on: Oct 12, 2022

  • Jim was a principled, motivated and effective visionary who made a substantial contribution to the development of Laboratory Medicine in the Province of Manitoba. As a human being, he was highly respected by his coworkers and will be missed by many of us who were privileged to know him. - Posted by: William Orr (Professional Colleague) on: Oct 12, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a gentleman who was always kind and professional in his work life. May he Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Mary Lessing-Turner (Coworker) on: Oct 12, 2022

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