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JIM COGHILL  Obituary pic JIM COGHILL  Obituary pic


Born: Aug 27, 1935

Date of Passing: Mar 26, 2005

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JIM COGHILL With great courage and grace, surrounded by the love of his family, Jim left us on March 26, 2005. Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Rosalie; son Cade (Miki); daughter Kim; brother Jack (Irene) and family; and cousin Gwen McArthur and family. He was predeceased by his father John Robert (Jock), a noted Police Officer, founder and 1st Pipe Major of the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band; his mother Marjorie (nee Small); and his brother George. Born August 27, 1935, Jim was raised in the North End, and attended Faraday and Isaac Newton Schools. He then worked at CN Telegraphs, where he made many lasting friendships. 'Cog' began his radio career in the '50s at CFOB in Fort Frances, where he spent many happy years. In the '60s he joined CKRC in Winnipeg, and then CKY, where his smooth sound made him their unforgettable 'Man About Midnight'. Jim married Rosalie, the love of his life, in 1969. He always said she was the best thing that ever happened to him and she felt exactly the same about him. They shared 35 and a half wonderful years, raising their family and enjoying life. In the '70s, Jim moved to CJOB. For 17 years his sultry baritone charmed listeners with 'The Night Owl', 'Midnight Blue', and 'Cog and All That Jazz'. The last eight years found Jim spinning the tunes on his popular 'Cog's Corner' at CHNR. Jim had a long relationship with the Winnipeg Press Club and Beer & Skits. He was also involved with the Eric & Jack Wells Foundation, Children's Aid, Schmockey, Age & Opportunity, Newsmens' Bonspiels, and many baseball and curling leagues. Jim loved his family, and was always there for them. He was a true gentleman and considerate of others. As people heard about his brave battle, Jim was overwhelmed by an outpouring of heartfelt sentiments. Thanks to everyone who called or wrote to express support. Special thanks to Dr. Daeninck along with the fantastic staff at St. Boniface Palliative Care, the Pain Clinic and Cancer Care Manitoba. Finally, to our small band of fabulous friends who rallied around us: Bless you all for the support and comfort you gave us. How different this journey would have been without you. A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the Winnipeg Press Club, Ramada Marlborough Hotel, 331 Smith St. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Boniface Hospital & Research Foundation (Palliative Care), 409 Tache Ave., Winnipeg, MB R2H 2A6. 'Till next we meet, Darlin'. Love you madly.'

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 30, 2005

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Jim was "one of the good guys". He helped make this world a better place and will be sorely missed. I"ll always think of him with great fondness and will remember all the good times and how much he meant to so many. - Posted by: L. Edwards (Friend) on: Apr 12, 2005

  • Very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Jim was a tremendously good friend to my parents Don & Cathy Halling over the years. Please accept my sympathies. - Posted by: Ted Halling (Friend) on: Apr 04, 2005

  • Jim, you were one of a kind. Your impact on me at a formative time in my life has served me in good stead for many years. You were one of the best! The day will come when we meet again and we'll go for a "hit" with the rest of the "KY 58 gang! - Posted by: Jake Marks (Friend) on: Apr 02, 2005

  • Rosalie and family: We think of you all with great affection - and our memories of Jim will always be treasured. We wish we were able to join you today at the celebration of Jim's life. Please know that back here in Calgary we will be hoisting one in honour of a dear friend - fondly enshrined in that huge poster from years ago. Love, the Slades - Posted by: Don and Gloria Slade (Friend) on: Apr 02, 2005

  • As a young couple with a first child in a new neighbourhood some 28 years ago, we couldn't wish for finer neighbours than the Coghills. Jim was a fun neighbour and a great guy. We send our sympathy to Rosalie, Cade and Kim, but we express our happiness with having known Jim and sharing a small part of his life. - Posted by: Scott and Val McPherson (Friend) on: Apr 02, 2005

  • Dearest Coghill Family, A million words of sympathy won't even begin to ease the pain that you're all feeling right now with the loss of Jim. Please accept my most heart felt condolense's and just know that my thoughts are with you all during this most difficult time. Take care and the sun will shine for you all again!!! Just think of Jim's smile from time to time and he always be with you. take care all, Jason Robson - Posted by: Jason Robson (Acquaintance) on: Mar 30, 2005

  • Rosalie & family - my heart goes out to you all - I had the pleasure of knowing Jim during the CNT days, with my late husband Doug. May love, happy memories and good friends sustain you through the days ahead. Jim will be missed greatly. i - Posted by: Betty Lovejoy (Friend) on: Mar 30, 2005

  • Both Darlene and myself would like to pass our condolences along to the Coghill family. Jim and his powerful voice were a part of our lives growing up and listening to him on CJOB and CHNR. We know that in his new life he will be back behind the mike on Heaven 101. - Posted by: Darlene and Kerry Pollock (Acquaintance) on: Mar 30, 2005

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