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Ackerman, Ira James (Jim)

Jim Ackerman, of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Monday January 14, 2008 at the young age of 57 years.

Jim grew up in Taber, AB leaving home after high school to begin working in the Calgary. He began his career in the banking business and ended it working with Revenue Canada. Jim was always a bit apart from the norm. As a young teenager, he enjoyed singing and acting and took the lead role in a community production of “Johnny Appleseed” strutting the stage with his “tin pot” hat, singing his heart out. He was always a “going concern” with a passion to meet and speak to others. He had a genuine interest in a person’s story. He was a voracious reader so could keep up his end of most conversations. He joined Revenue Canada over twenty years ago, working in the “Collections” area much of that time. Many of his clients have spoken of his professionalism and desire to help in a challenging time. Many of his working colleagues have spent hours by his side at the hospital and have shown a remarkable outpouring of love and respect for him. He was an interesting man who tried to leave a positive footprint in the world. I am sure he would tell us all that “I would like the memory of me to be a happy one. I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.” (Afterglow).

Jim is survived by his mother Loreen Ackerman of Lethbridge, and brother Phil Ackerman (Cheryl) of Calgary. He had six nieces and nephews and numerous cousins in this area.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle, N.W.) on Saturday January 19, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Jim Ackerman, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Ginny Severson Torango :

    Hello, If this was the Jim I knew to be my Canadian cousin, I’m so sorry to know he’s gone. Jim had come to ND to visit with my mother, Doris Virginia Ackerman Severson in the 80’s to do research on the Ackermans here in the states. That’s when I met him. Jim’s grandfather, William and my grandfather, Charles were brothers. Just a few days ago, I got into what info on the family I had, and have been trying to sort it out. Now that we all have computers, I assumed Jim had an addy and wanted to get back in touch, so I called the number I had had for him from before. Then I thought I’d google him and found this site. Again, I’m so so sorry! He was a very likable person, and I’m sure he is being missed by many. Sincerely, Ginny Torango cell 313-520-3839—–home 313-388-0660

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  2. Even though it is over 3 years since Jim’s passing I think of him more each passing day . I was blessed to have him in my in my life and loved him more than words can express.Miss you so much Jim but I feel you are with me every day.

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  3. I think of the wonderful and fun times we shared and it always brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart.We were kindred spirits and soul mates.I was so blessed to have you as my friend.Love you always Jim.

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  4. Each day some little event happens that reminds me of the fun things we shared. It is these memories that I am so thankful for. I was so blessed to have you in my life Jim. Love you and miss you.

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  5. I’ll never forget you.

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  6. Now that garage sailing has started for another year I go back to all the fond memories I have of the treasures we found and the laughs we shared.I still return to some of our old haunts Jim -your spirit is right beside me.Love you

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  7. It is difficult to believe that five years have gone by since Jim passed away. However,those we love never leave our hearts. Rest well my dear friend. Love you.

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  8. Thinking of you tonight Jim. Memories of our times together are always part of my day.I am so blesssed to have these.

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  9. dale ackerman :

    Was shocked to find out that Jim had passed away. We had lost touch over the years but have great memories of his visits with us. Our condolences to the family

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  10. As usual Jim, I am thinking of you! It is the memories of the good times that go through my mind and keep your spirit so alive! Not a day passes that I do not go back to some funny little thing we shared, laughed about or just sang a song together. You were always in my corner and I know you still are. Love You !

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  11. Read through some of your cards today Jim-got some great laughs-brings back many memories ! you were the Best Friend ever!

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  12. So many times I think of you Jim-today was one of those times! As I was going to work our favourite song came on the radio-know you would be singing right along with me-and starting some story as well! Did we ever finish a story ????? I dont think so!!! I cherish those memories dearly !! love always Jim!!

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  13. This is a very sad day for me-It was difficult to lose such a dear and loving friend!! I cannot believe it was seven years ago! I am happy to have such warm and fun memories of those times we shared-You were the BEST Jim- Love you always

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  14. After 8 years I miss you more and more Jim! We always had so much love and laughter to share ! you were the best friend ever ! I chuckle when I read some of your cards ! You already added such spirit to my life! Love you Jim ! Rest in peace My Friend!

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  15. thinking about you this morning Jim-so happy for the wonderful memories I have of our times together

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