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BRYANT – James “Jim” Keith

August 14, 1924 – January 3, 2011

James “Jim” Keith Bryant, beloved husband of Lorraine of Calgary, passed away peacefully at home following a three-year illness on Monday, January 3, 2011 at the age of 86 years.

Besides his loving wife Lorraine, Jim is survived by daughters, Laurie Robertson (Bruce) and Stephanie Howard; and sons, Keith (Linda), Paul, Scott and Jeff (Lorraine). Jim also leaves to mourn his step-daughters, Carmen Olson (Glenn), Reta McPhail (Bruce) and Terry Kleeberger; thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild; twin brother Jack of London, ON; brother Ron of London, ON; and brother Don of Syracuse, New York.

Jim was born in London, Ontario on August 14, 1924. He obtained his B.Sc. with a major in Geology from The University of Western Ontario in 1947, and then moved to Calgary to begin his forty year career in the oil and gas industry. Jim began his career as a geologist with Gulf Oil following his move out west. He also worked for West Canadian, Zapata and Pennzoil over the next two decades. Jim always enjoyed working on well sites in the search for oil and gas. In the early 1970’s he formed his own consulting business which took him to the Arctic, Germany and Egypt. Jim and Lorraine traveled extensively, visiting many countries all over the world. Jim led a very Christian life and always offered support to the less fortunate. He was actively involved in St. Pius parish as he raised his young family. He served as a Cub Scout leader and was active as a fundraiser during the building of a new St. Pius Church. For decades he supported a foster child and donated regularly to a Catholic missionary school in a remote part of northern India. He also devoted many hours as a volunteer at the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and for Inn from the Cold.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, January 7, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family extends a very special thank you to Chima who cared for Jim over the past two years, and also to the Palliative Home Care Team.

In lieu of flowers, if friends so wish, donations may be made to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank or Calgary Community Living Society 4112-4th St. N.W. Calgary, T2K 1A2.

In living memory of James Bryant, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Dee and Rod Weber :

    Dear Lorraine
    Jim was a gentle, caring and kind man that truly touched my heart. I am certain he left his mark of kindness on those he came in contact with over his life. Rod and I send our sincerest sympathys.

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  2. Helen. Norton :

    Lorraine I heard the news today from Diane and my prayers are with you. Jim was an amazing survivor over these past years and I know your love and support sustained him at home. We will be with you on Friday and please extend my sympathy to all the family. Helen

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  3. Elva Robison Dame :

    Lorraine, it has been many years since we have been in touch – but I wish to extend my sincere sympathy to you and the family. It has been 16 years since the love of my life, Andy, left me after enduring pancreatic cancer. I am thankful we had the years we had together, as I am sure you are as well.

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  4. My deepest sympathy to all the family in the passing of such a wonderful and inspirational man.
    Charlene Ott

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  5. Dear Lorraine,
    May your heart be strengthened and comforted by the promise of God.
    I send my sincerest sympathy.
    Betty Lo

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  6. Sabina Amaral :

    Dear Scott and Family:

    I am sorry to hear of the passing of your dear husband and Father.

    He has certainly left behind a legacy of children, grand children and great grand children.

    Know that he is in the arms of God and another star in the sky will shine brightly.

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  7. Roger and Alison :

    Dear Lorraine and Family,

    We were sorry to learn that Jim died. It was thoughtful of you to have Reta phone us. Jim was a man that we admired and liked. We were happy to meet you and become friends.
    Unfortunately, we have a prior committment and will not be able to attend the service. We have contacted our family and they send their regards.
    Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. Roger and Alison.

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  8. David and Connie Hubka :

    Dear Lorriane and Family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our sincere sympathy. Dave and Connie

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  9. Debbie and Tom Peacock :

    Keith, and Family

    Our deepest sympathy in the passing of your Dad. May all your wonderful memories comfort you at this time.

    With friendship,
    Tom and Deb Peacock

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  10. Carl and Naomi Van Veen :

    Dear Lorraine

    We are sorry to hear of the passing of Jim.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers
    Our deepest sympathies
    Carl and Naomi Van Veen
    parents to Lindsay

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  11. Beverly Parker :

    Dear Lorraine:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. You are in my prayers. Sincerest sympathy to you and your family.

    Bev Parker

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  12. Donna Burwash :

    Dear Lorraine:
    Saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. May your heart be flooded to overflowing with happy memories of your life together. So very sorry for your loss.
    Kindly,
    Donna

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  13. Dear Lorraine and Family, Jack, Ron and Don:

    So sorry about Jim.

    Julie and Gary, Elora, ON

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