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ADAMSON, James (Jim) Sidney

January 3, 1922 – Melita, MB
December 29, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Jim Adamson beloved husband of Marina of Calgary, passed away in the presence of his loving family on December 29, 2014 at the age of 92 years.

On January 3, 1922, a baby boy was born to parents John and Ida Adamson: Jim, the New Year’s baby of Melita, Manitoba. He joined brothers Mac and Charlie, and they would later welcome their youngest brother Doug. As the son of a miller, Jim moved with his family across western Canada during his childhood, making their way to Calgary in 1936.

After the passing of his father John in 1937, Jim and his brothers worked to support their family. In 1939, he moved temporarily to Thunder Bay to build Hawker Hurricane fighters for the airforce. After returning to Calgary in 1940, he began working as an inspector of artillery gun sights at the Ogden Shops and also bought his first house with his mother Ida at the age of 19. In 1945, Jim started his first company – Central Machine. After selling Central Machine he started Cascade Machine Company Ltd., which he ran successfully until semi-retiring in 1966.

In 1957, Jim married the love of his life, Marina, the sister of his friends Hazel, Lorne, Frank and Earl. They welcomed three daughters into their family: Lorna, Shirley, and Brenda.

In his semi-retirement, Jim continued with his real estate and prospecting. It began with a cabin on the  far side of the Mabel Lake, where the family would spend their summers. He purchased the Mabel Lake resort and subsequently developed the Mabel Ridge Estates subdivision. Jim and Marina built a new cabin in the subdivision in the 70s, where the family continues to stay and enjoy the lake. Jim also acquired a property near Cochrane, where the family spent time pursuing activities of all sorts: growing crops of potatoes and hay (despite hay fever), cross country skiing, hiking through the woods, playing in the treehouse, and taking in the mountain views. Jim had a passion for prospecting and explored all over BC with his friends and family. His prospecting stories were full of adventure – and sometimes dynamite.

Jim was a man of many talents including poetry, writing, prospecting, geology, machining, engineering, inventing, business, astronomy, history, and the list goes on. Jim was a true life-long learner. Though a very successful man, Jim was always willing to lend a hand and offer advice. He will be remembered most as a loving husband and father first. His daughters remember him driving them and their friends to all their events and activities, which he carried on with his grandchildren. He taught his grandchildren how to work with wood and metal, helping them construct their school projects, build go karts and a pontoon bike, and fix up their cars.

Jim is survived by his wife Marina, daughters Lorna (Bill), Shirley (Rob), and Brenda (Dave), and brother Doug. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren James (Loni), Zach (Lindsey), Stuart (Germaeline), Ben (Vera), Fietje (Mark), Garrick (Nataliya), and Rebecca (Andrew), his great grandchildren Liam, Rosamarina, Alberta, Nolan, Eleadora, Costin, and Susanna, his many nieces and nephews, and of course his loving dogs. Jim was predeceased by his parents Ida and John, brothers Mac and Charlie, and son-in-law Stuart.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, January 2, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY CREMATION & HOSPITALITY CENTRE (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service at Mountain View Memorial Gardens Cemetery (17 Avenue S.E. at Garden Road) Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Jim Adamson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES  Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Shirley and Family we are so very sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you always

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  2. I’ll never forget the first time I met Marina and Jim and the family; at their cabin on Mabel Lake. Everything was done to make me feel at home, Jim decided to take us for a walk up the mountain – I was 19, Jim was a little older haha. Half way up I thought I’d pass out- but he grabbed me and made me keep walking. Second wind caught up with me and the view from the top was amazing. I remember at my wedding – when I cried all the way through my vows; embarrassed in the receiving line: Jim said “don’t change Lori” just to make me feel better. He was such a character and smooth talker! He was a great man and I too will miss him!

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  3. Wes and Dody van der Lee :

    We extend our most sincere sympathy to you Marina and your entire family upon the loss of your husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and you family.

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  4. I have just learned of Jim’s passing. I want to offer my sincere condolences. I have many fond memories of our prospecting days in the 50’s.
    He was a great man !

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  5. Marcie Rehaume :

    Aunt Marina, Lorna, Shirley, Brenda and Families.
    I am very sorry to hear of Uncle Jims passing. I have very fond memories of him. I had a lot of fun with him in my younger days, he was a great person.

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  6. Laura MacKinnon :

    Brenda and family
    Sorry to hear of your Dad passing.
    HUGS, Laura MacKinnon (Anderson)

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