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CURR, James Albert

November 21, 1934 – Calgary, AB

September 17, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Jim put away his hockey referee whistle, his softball umpire gear, his hammer and his handyman skills. Then had to leave the “Angels & Studs” exercise group, stopped golfing and lastly and most reluctantly had to stop curling with the Family Leisure Centre (FLC) Seniors. He was a mentor, teacher, instructor and executive member who devoted much of his time to the Calgary Hockey Referees Association, the Calgary Softball Umpires Association, seniors curling and was a founding member of FLC, now the Trico Centre.

Born in Calgary to Scottish immigrants he grew up in Inglewood. He worked for over 37 years in Regina and Calgary with Gulf Oil and was a proud and happy employee of his company. He married Lorainne (Olson) more than 54 years ago and they raised four children: Rob Curr (Claudia), Nancy Friedrichsen (Garry), Jill Curr and Leanne Frederick (Dan). He was the proud grandpa of eight cherished grandchildren: Sam, Peter, Therese, Alyssa, Jack, Edwin, Adam and Annalise. Family ultimately defined his life.

He is survived by his sister Audrey Liepins, grandniece Jordan Fordyce, husband Mark Chambers and her father Dave Fordyce. Besides his parents, James and Mary, he was predeceased by his sister Mary and her spouse Bernard Nicholson, brother-in-law Martin Liepins and niece Arlene Liepins Fordyce.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Nairne Scott Douglas, Dr. Doug Helmerson and all their nurses and office staff who helped him manage 40 years of Scleroderma. Of late, thank you to Dr. Maureen Murray and all the Sarcee C3 staff. Special thanks to Dr. M. Avis Boyer, Doreen Fry primary nurse and their home care staff. Jim found rest and peace on September 17, 2014.

Jim requested no flowers and no formal ceremony. Should family and friends wish, condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

The song has ended, but the melody lingers on…

In living memory of Jim Curr, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Andy & Fran Blashyn :

    Jim’s Family
    It is with great sorrow that I read of Jim’s passing today. For those of you who never heard of me, Jim and I were greatest of friends growing up in Inglewood, and later, kind of lost touch as many do as our lives take different paths. Now I realize how much I have missed.
    Our sincerest condolences to Lorraine and family

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  2. Margaret & Les Smith :

    Dear Lorraine & Family , We are thinking of you as you share your precious memories and love with one another. Sincerely Les & Marg

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  3. Cindy & Dan Diduck :

    Lorraine and Family: We just read of Jim’s passing in the paper. We are so sorry to hear this sad news. Jim was always such an upbeat, positive person and although we didn’t see him often, it was always a pleasure to chat with him. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.

    The Diduck Family

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  4. Maggie Schofield :

    Lorraine to you and your family,
    Jim was the definition of a gentleman. His integrity could not be compromised and he was always very kind. It was a privilege to have worked with Jim as a Scout, and to have known him.
    Take care.
    Maggie

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  5. Peter Friedrichsen :

    For Grandpa Jim,

    I was very saddened to hear that you had passed away, especially because I was not able to be there for your final days. However, I am extremely grateful to have been a part of your life for the past 20 years of mine. I always enjoyed learning about your life and how you helped build the family I am so proud to be a part of. I love my Mom, Nancy, very much, as I love my Aunts and Uncle, and this is due to yours and Gram’s endless love and care for your children. Though your passing is difficult to come to terms with, I know that all the time we shared together was valuable and I will forever remember your wisdom, insight and laughter. Right now I am having an experience of a lifetime studying in the Netherlands and I hope you knew that you are an important inspiration for me taking on this adventure. Thank you for the years of love and support and I know that you are well at peace.
    Your Grandson,
    Peter J. Friedrichsen

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  6. Vince and Lynn Downey :

    So sad to say a final good-bye to such a wonderful man, and a special neighbour, for so many years. We moved to Calgary, next door to Jim and Lorraine, and were invited immediately to Jim’s 50th Birthday, beginning a long true friendship. We will miss you Jim, but never forget you.

    Love Vince and Lynn

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  7. bob and marianne olson :

    Lorraine and family
    What a wonderful person to have had for a brother-in-law. Jim was always friendly, made you feel welcome and eager to help you when you needed it. He will be sorely missed by all of us.
    Love
    Bob and Marianne, Matthew and Kristina

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  8. Chris Arthurs and Franco Vignone :

    Dear Lorainne, Rob, Nancy, Jill and Leanne and families;

    We have been so blessed to have known your husband/dad Jim. His genuine smile, easy laughter and engaged conversations always helped us feel welcomed at any of your family gatherings. This decided approach to living is so evident to me in our dear Sam, Therese and Alyssa.

    I recall feeling so very special and included as part of your “clan” when I saw the screen shot of Jim holding my daughter Ava at age 2 weeks on his home computer… of course, it was you, Lorainne, who was there to take the picture! Thank you for including our family as part of yours: thank you Leanne for your friendship and for loving our family as your own.

    We remain yours in gratitude for having known Jim, and for having so many special memories of good times together to cherish.

    Our love and support always; Chris, Franco Ava and Mia

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  9. Bob and Christine Scott :

    Lorainne and family, Please allow us to extend our sincere sympathy on the passing of your husband Jim.

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  10. It was with great sorrow hearing of Jims’ death. Knowing him over many years working with and for in various venues this true gentleman character shone thru. He was a man who knew friendship and held it with pride, I know I had the honor of being one. I wish Lorainne and her family well at this trying time knowing that Jim will be with them in there hearts forever.
    Keep the faith, we will be together again.
    Jim Morris

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  11. Ivan and Jean Eriksen :

    So sorry to read about Jim’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you Lorraine and your family. Ivan and I were just talking about you both a few days ago wondering how you both were keeping. Ivan remembers the many fun times working with Jim in the Scouting circle and our fun times at the Scout conventions and parties. Lorraine, take care and remember the fun times together. Time does heal and keep smiling.

    Ivan and Jean Eriksen

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  12. My sincerest condolences to Jim’s Family. I worked with Jim on the ice and on the executive and as an instructor with the Central Zone Referees many years ago.

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  13. Leslie & Kirk Brachman :

    Lorraine and Jill (and family). We were so sorry to hear about Jim’s death. What an amazing man and an amazing legacy. We are thinking of you and we hope that the memories that you are sharing together will bring you comfort and joy.

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  14. Leslie & Kirk Brachman :

    Dear Lorraine and Jill (and family), We were very sorry to hear of Jim’s death. What an amazing man and amazing legacy. Our thoughts are with you and we hope that the memories you share together will bring you comfort and joy.

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