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DENIS, James (Jim) Stanley

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)243-8200

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  1. Joshua Smith :

    Thoughts and condolences are with the family right now – I never met Jim but he sounds like a truly wonderful soul. Rest in peace, Jim.

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  2. Guila Bendavid :

    My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. I can only imagine that Jim is playing the piano in heaven and enjoying the company of Miriam and his lovely wife.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

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  3. Virginia Cawthorne :

    Remembering some of the great stories you always told about your dad. Wished I had met him and heard him play the piano.

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  4. Graham and Johanne Smith :

    Very sad the hear about the passing of Jim. He was an inspiring person to know and work for over the years.
    Our deepest condolences to the family

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  5. Marion Rogers :

    Dear Maureen, Marilyn and Margaret,
    I am so saddened by the loss of your dear Dad. He was one wonderful human being. It has been my pleasure to reconnect with him this past couple of years, and reminisce about the fun family times we shared on Kerfoot Crescent when the Rogers family lived across the street from you. Especially we enjoyed recalling the Christmas Music Evenings we shared, with Jim on the piano (of course); Carolyn on the flute and/or the guitar; Sheryl on the trumpet; Vic on the spoons and rest of us singing our hearts out with abandonment and joy of the season.
    I am terribly sorry that I will be out of town on Wednesday and cannot return in time for Jim’s Memorial Service. I trust the Music Gods will be shining on you that day, and I will be holding you all in my thoughts and prayers you can be sure. I wish there was another way I could reconnect with you.
    Please know that I share your loss, and I wish you a lifetime of wonderful family memories.
    With my deepest sympathy,
    Marion Rogers
    P.S. Vic is there to welcome your Dad (he died 6 years ago). I know they will have a grand reunion.

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  6. Carol Wilding :

    Marilyn, my heart goes out to you and your sisters. The many warm and wonderful memories will carry you through these difficult days.

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  7. Donald G Bellow :

    Jean and I always looked forward to seeing Jim and Shirley at the many APEGGA functions we attended together. Jim will really be missed among those of us in the Past Presidents Group of APEGGA. Our sincere condolences to the Denis family.

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  8. Gerry Maier :

    My most sincere condolences to all of Jim’s family.
    As a colleague in the profession & also as a Past President of APPEGA I got to know Jim and, like many, quickly came to appreciate his quick mind, great intellect, sound judgement, unselfishness, and respect for others.
    We will all miss him, but will not forget him.

    Gerry Maier

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  9. Jim McKibbon :

    Brother Al
    My sincere condolence on the passing of Jim. He certainly was a talented guy and great citizen. I wont be able to attend the Service but hope to see you on Sat.
    Jim McKibbon

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  10. Graeme & Julie Eastmure :

    Marilyn & family,

    Our thoughts are with you at this time. We offer our condolences and wish you the best during this difficult time.

    Graeme & Julie Eastmure

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  11. Denis Fonteyne :

    Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jim. I consider myself very fortunate to have met Jim and, at least in my mind, consider him a friend. He was always a true gentleman with a good wit, and will be missed by all. Our deepest condolences.

    Sincerely,

    Denis Fonteyne.

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  12. Taylor And Greg :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family now. Our sincerest condolences.

    Taylor and Greg

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  13. Heather Macgillivray :

    Marilyn and family,
    May the bonds of sisterhood help to buoy you through these dark waters. Your father always sounded like a marvelous man. I am sure he and my dad are making beautiful music together somewhere.

    With love, Heather, Michael and Lauren

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  14. Patty Belcot Frank Bozz and Family :

    Our sincere condolence to you and your family.

    “a new star with a piano in it” for your Dad – that’s how I see it.
    Love P. xo

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  15. Marilyn, deepest condolences to you, your sisters and entire family. I cant help but thinking there is a piano up in heaven no occupied by Jim serenading Shirley. Sending you love and peace to guide you through these sad days.

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  16. Carol de Jonge :

    Our condolences to the Denis Family.
    We came to know Jim Denis through Marilyn’s occasional stories about her loving Dad on her radio and TV shows so we have always felt a connection.
    May your wonderful spirit continue to live through your family and I’m sure you’re having one more dance,Jim, with your loving wife, Shirley and playing your heavenly piano to your beloved,daughter, Miriam.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Sincerely,
    Carol and family xo

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  17. Claire Blinn-Milton Ontario :

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

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  18. Robyn MacPhee :

    Dear Marilyn,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

    Love always,
    Robyn
    (Dr. Chelins Office)

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  19. Dear Marilyn,

    Thank you sharing your Dad and Mom with the listeners at CHUM-FM. I always enjoyed hearing about your parents and I can see where you get your sense of humour from.

    They are together now and may wonderful memories, photos and videos comfort you and and your sister’s families in difficult times.

    Mary Clarke
    Marmora, ON

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  20. Monty Audenart :

    Our sympathies to your family. Jim served as Rotary Club President the year I was Governor and there was no finer friend or leader than jim. We will miss him dearly.
    Monty and Liz

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  21. Tracey Neziol :

    Marilyn, I am so sorry to hear about your father. You always spoke so highly of him and he sounds like he was an incredible person to know. I wish I had the opportunity to meet him in person. My heart goes out to you, your sisters and Adam and my thoughts are with you all.

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  22. Dear Marilyn,

    My sincere condolences to you and your family for the passing of your Dad. I’m sure loving memories of him will remain in your heart forever. My thoughts are with you in these difficult times. Best wishes always, Mary.

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  23. Wilena Ransome :

    Marilyn and Family,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your father, I didn’t know him personally just through the numerous stories on the radio but he sounded like a wonderful Man and a great Father. He will now enjoy the company of his dear wife and daughter.

    Wilena Ransome -Oakville

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  24. Laura Stavro :

    Marilyn and family

    My heart goes out to your family at this time. I know your Father would want you all to continue on with your lives, honouring him by keeping a song in your heart for him.

    Blessing,
    Laura Stavro

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  25. J.R (Roly) Thomas :

    To the Denis family,

    My wife and I sympathise with you on your great loss! I first new your Dad when I came from Montreal to work with him on a number of MHG projects back in 1976. It was a relationship that I enjoyed – and the friendship of those years happily continued into our retirement! He will certainly be missed by his remaining colleagues!

    Sincerely,

    Roly and Betty Thomas

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  26. Dear Marilyn,

    I was sorry to hear from Roger and Darrin this morning on CHUM FM of your Dad’s passing. I loved to listen to you talking about your Dad. You should be very proud. My prayers are with you.

    Sandra Park,
    Don Mills, Ontario

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  27. Cynthia Keener :

    Dear Mare, Adam & Family,

    I am so saddened by the loss of your Dad/Grandfather. As kids growing up in Pittsburgh, Marilyn and I (and Nanc)were always at each others’ houses and Mr. and Mrs. Denis (that’s how I knew them!) will always be prominent in my childhood memories. I remember how your Dad could speak volumes with a single look, how he loved to play piano so we could all sing, and how welcome I always felt at the Denis home. He will be missed. Especially when we’re in Pittsburgh! But what a blessing his memory will be. Sending you all much love,
    Cindy.

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  28. Michele Hunter and Michael Brown :

    Hi Marilyn,
    Hugs to you from MB and Michele

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  29. Dear Mariyn and Family,
    My sympathies to you at this time on the passing of your dad. I know he found strength in being loved by all of you and I think of all the times I have heard you speak so fondly of him.
    May his memory be a blessing,
    With Love and thinking of you at this time,
    Joe

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  30. Sue Schaefer :

    Dear Marilyn, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s death. You always spoke so lovingly of him on Chum each morning and with such gentle humour. Losing a dad is especially difficult for daughters for who else loves us so unconditionally. Having lost my dad 40 years ago I can tell you with confidence, your memories will not fade and you will truly feel his love even though he is physically no longer available. Come back to the morning show soon and know your listening and viewing audience’s thoughts and love is with you. My sympathy goes out for all your family at this time.

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  31. Marilyn & family,
    Was so sorry to hear through Chum FM this morning of the passing of your father. Loved all the great stories you told of him. I’m sure he will be dearly missed.
    My deepest condolences go out to all of you.

    Brenda, Keswick, Ont.

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  32. Kathy Adetuyi :

    Dear Marilyn, Maureen and Margaret,
    I have been thinking of you all today and sending my best wishes and prayers as you deal with a very difficult day in laying your father to rest. My prayers and thoughts go out to all three of you and your families and all of Jim’s wonderful grandchildren and friends. May you be comforted by your wonderful memories and by knowing he is safe back in the arms of his beloved Shirley.

    Love to you all,
    Kathy Adetuyi

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  33. Shirley Anne Wilson :

    I just heard from Kimberly that Uncle Jim has passed away. Our sincerest condolences are with you all. Thinking of you during this very difficult time.

    Shirley Anne and Michael

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  34. WES STEPHENS :

    Marilyn and Denis Family –
    We were unable to be with you today. We have good memories of Jim and Shirley, and I sang in many show choruses with them. Jim played in our Dixie band occasionally, and with “gusto” – and he possessed a great musical talent. He sure made a great trip from Drumheller!
    Sincerely
    Wes and Gene Stephens

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  35. Dale and Shirley Herr :

    You may not remember us from your time in Pittsburgh, but we wanted to let you girls know how sorry we are for the loss of your dad. And we didn’t know about the loss of your mother. We find peace knowing they are together along with Miriam. Thank you for letting us know through the obit. in our Post-Gazette. With Sympathy, Dale and Shirley Herr

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  36. Norm and Jan Frost :

    To Jim and Shirley’s family;
    We are visiting In California and just heard of Jim’s passing. your family is very close and you will find this time particularly difficult.We are sorry not to be there to share in the memorial service.
    although there were intervals between our visits with your folks, we had a friendship where the conversation started right off where the last one ended. Jim and I shared a few adventures together, particularly enjoying the one in South Africa. Jim was always fun and brought a lot of knowledge, charm and experience to every occasion. We found however he needed a daily dose of piano playing.
    We will miss him. You can take great pride in your Dad.
    Norm and Jan Frost.

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  37. Oriole O'Dwyer :

    I offer my sincere condolences to the family of Jim. I remember Jim from Drumheller High School in the 1940’s. We also worked together on one of the Drumheller High School Reunions, as I too have lived in Calgary for many years. I remember his Mom, Dad, sisters and brother from Midland, when I lived there, then taught school there.
    I am very sorry to hear of his passing. Sincerely, Oriole O’Dwyer

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  38. David and Margaret Irving :

    We are sadden to loose such a great guy who contributed to the joy of all around him. It is rare that an engineer has also a great talent in music and he so enjoyed sharing his love of the piano with others.
    Our thoughts are with his family who are so deeply touched by this loss.

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  39. Sincere condolences. Memories of your father will be forever in your heart.
    (From a TV fan.)

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