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JAMES ROBERT CANNING (JIM)
Date of Passing: Nov 19, 2022Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
JAMES ROBERT CANNING
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of James (Jim) Canning on November 19, 2022, at the age of 80 at the Riverview Health Centre, surrounded by his loving family.
He was predeceased by four sisters. He is survived by his wife Betti, two children - Kyle (Sara) and Colleen and their children - Owen, Andrew, Lauren and Kayla. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Dicken and her family and his brother George (Jane) and their family.
Jim began working as an electrician working for various electrical contractors and then settling in with Manitoba Hydro until his retirement. Upon retirement he had a restless need to build, fix, solve anything that came his way. There wasn't a problem he couldn't solve or something broken he couldn't fix, or nothing he could not build. Our house was full of what we called "Jimisms". He had many projects on the go both for our own home and the kids' and grandkids' homes. He loved taking care of his family's needs.
Jim liked to travel as well, and travelled extensively throughout North America, Mexico, Europe, Africa, and the UK. He travelled with his own children and grandchildren camping, RVing, skiing, scuba diving, and ocean cruises.
Jim was very active and healthy until his diagnosis with lung cancer in June, 2022.
The family thanks the staff of Riverview Health Centre, E Wing for their compassion in caring for his comfort in his final days. They are truly angels on earth.
Cremation has taken place. Jim wished that there be no formal service other than a private family gathering at gravesite.
In lieu of flowers, donations to CancerCare will be gratefully accepted. Make a donation to
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 26, 2022
Condolences & Memories (10 entries)
Deepest condolences to Betti and Family, Jim was the perfect neighbor, always there with a helping hand and a great sense of wit. He will be sadly missed by us all. Lots of hugs going your way. - Posted by: Cynthia Jackson-Hein (neighbor) on: Dec 08, 2022
Sincere condolences to Betty and family. Fond memories of our High School (Tec Voc) days together. Enjoyed seeing you both at the 25th Anniversary reunion. Jerry and Barbara. - Posted by: Barbara and Jerry Finlayson (High School Friends) on: Dec 02, 2022
My sincerest condolences. Jim was stupendous friend, and he will truly be missed! - Posted by: darin weslak (Friend) on: Nov 29, 2022
Betti & Family. Sincerest condolences to all of you! We have many fond memories of chatting with Jim as he worked in the yard or stopped the “truck” for a chat!! He could be “quite the character”!! Bob & Pat Johnson - Posted by: Pat Johnson (neighbour) on: Nov 28, 2022
Jim was full of life and had a full life. Jim’s work ethic was ‘old-school’...meaning, every project was done meticulously with every measurement and angle ‘bang on’. Jim was full of stories, and as his kids and grandkids grew-up he shared, and supported all their successes and adventures. Jim loved playing cards, and as in life, he was full aces and always a joker…and at times I think his wife Betty questioned if he was playing with a full deck. Jim will be remembered and missed. - Posted by: Scott Spearman (Next door neighbour !!) on: Nov 28, 2022
Very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was my supervisor while working at Grand Rapids for MB Hydro. He always looked after us and did his job well. Always had a good laugh with him. Rick - Posted by: Rick Etsell (Old coworker ) on: Nov 27, 2022
Betty and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I enjoyed working with Jim during my time with the electrical construction department, and the scuba diving adventures we had together. Rest in peace Jim. - Posted by: Wayne Wood (Co worker) on: Nov 27, 2022
Jim was a really good friend that I worked with at Hydro for many years. He was always there to help when needed - Posted by: Carl Betteridge (Jim was a really good friend ) on: Nov 27, 2022
Jim was a dear friend of Roy and Lucille Sterner. Julie and I have fond memories of Jim being quick with a joke and he always had a smile on his face. My thoughts and condolences go out to Betti and the family. Sending a big hug to Betti. - Posted by: Joey Brisson (Friend of the family ) on: Nov 26, 2022
Jim will be surely missed. He was the Dad of the neighbourhood. Our condolences to Betti and all the family. - Posted by: Darryl Thorvaldson (Neighbour) on: Nov 26, 2022
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