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JAMES ALFRED ERSKINE HOSKIN

Born: Jul 29, 1911

Date of Passing: Nov 20, 1999

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JAMES ALFRED ERSKINE HOSKIN On November 20, 1999, after a brief illness, the Rev. Canon J.A.E. Hoskin, D.D., went to be with the Lord whom he loved and served as a Priest of the Anglican Church of Canada for 50 years. Jim was born (at home) in Winnipeg, MB, on July 29, 1911. He was the son of the late Alfred Erskine Hoskin QC (former Chancellor of the Diocese of Rupertsland) and Dorothy E.E. (James) of 91 Harvard Ave. He attended St. Johns College School from 1922-27. In 1930 he joined the employ of the Canadian Bank of Commerce working in the main branch in Winnipeg and other points in Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario and Saskatchewan. He married Dorothy Joyce, eldest daughter of the late Venerable Archdeacon and Mrs. C.W. Balfour at St. Pauls in Fort William, ON in June, 1942. Soon after he volunteered for the Royal Canadian Air Force. As a member of the Pay Corps he served in Canada, Great Britain, and India. On demobilization in 1946, Jim enrolled in St. Johns College, Winnipeg, and read theology. While a student he served at St. Barnabas, Winnipeg. He was appointed to the Charge of St. Thomas, Morden in 1947 and incumbent of St. Johns, Carman in 1948. He was ordained to the Priesthood at St. Georges Anglican Church, (where he attended from his birth) Winnipeg, in 1949. In December, 1961 he left Carman for the Diocese of Athabasca in Alberta. There he provided ministry in the High Prairie and Peace River areas. After retiring from the position of Dean of the Diocese of Athabasca in 1979, he continued to provide pastoral ministry in the communities of Faust, Little Prairie, and McLennan until 1998 when poor health forced him to relinquish his responsibilities. In 1999, Canon Hoskin moved to Peace River where he resided at the time of his death. Throughout Jims life he retained a keen interest in history, whether it be community or family, being involved in collecting local stories and artifacts for museums. He was also Chaplain for the Royal Canadian Legion in the communities in which he resided. Jim was predeceased by his parents; two sisters, Marjorie, and Ruth (Lee), a brother David; and by his wife Dorothy Joyce; and granddaughter Monica. Left to mourn and celebrate his life are Archdeacon Derek and Pauline Hoskin of Red Deer; Dr. Charles and Katharine Hunt of Eugene, Oregon; and the Rev. Andrew and Mary Lou Hoskin of Thunder Bay, ON. He is fondly remembered by seven grandchildren, Mark, Janna, James, Michael, Andrew, Jonathan, and Matthew. A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Canon Jim Hoskin was held at the Cathedral Church of St. James, Peace River, November 28, with the Rt. Rev. John Clarke, Bishop of the Diocese of Athabasca celebrating. Any stories about Jim Hoskin which you may wish to share with the family would be welcomed, and could be sent to Archdeacon Derek Hoskin, 15 Ayers Ave., Red Deer, AB T4R 1G3.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 04, 1999

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