July 24, 1927 – April 7, 2012
James Denis, beloved father of Maureen, Marilyn, and Margaret, passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the age of 84 years.
James was born on July 24, 1927 in Drumheller, Alberta where he lived for twenty years. James met the love of his life, Shirley, in Sudbury, Ontario and in 1950 they were married. They remained together until Shirley’s death fifty-nine years later. A man who loved to learn, James earned many degrees including U of Alberta (Chemical Engineering), Carnegie Tech (Industrial Management), and U of Calgary (Russian Studies). His career focused on Chemical Engineering and Management. James and his family lived in Sudbury, Edmonton, Sarnia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, eventually settling in Calgary in 1976. His expertise was utilized by the following companies: International Nickel, Celanese Corp, Pittsburgh Coke and Chemical, Sun Oil Company, USS Chemicals, Rust Engineering, MHG International, Bechtel-Monenco-Loram. James served as president of The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA). James was a loving and supportive husband, father, and grandfather. He was also proudly dedicated to his community, serving as an active member and as president of the Rotary Club of Calgary and participating for a number of years on Anglican Church committees. Jim also had a great love of classical and popular music, playing piano (formally and spontaneously) at several events.
James is survived by his daughters Maureen, Marilyn, and Margaret, son-in-law Dave; grandchildren Geoffrey, Adam, Sarah, and Ryan; brother Alfred, as well as several nieces and nephews. James was predeceased by his loving wife Shirley in 2009, daughter Miriam in 1988, his father Alfonse in 1970 and mother Ellen in 1951.
A man of intelligence, character, energy and compassion, he will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church (903 – 75th Avenue S.W.) on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. A private family graveside service to follow at Drumheller Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers memorial tributes may be made directly to the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, 60 St. Clair Avenue East Suite 204 Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4T 1N5 Telephone: (416) 920-4333 www.colorectal-cancer.ca.
In living memory of Jim Denis, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences