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Gorrell, James (Jim) Wallace

Jim Gorrell, beloved husband of Lida Marie of Calgary, AB passed away peacefully at the Rosedale Hospice on Tuesday, May 22, 2007.

Jim was born in Louisville, KY on September 20, 1943. He was raised in Mt. Vernon, IL, and earned a civil engineering degree from the Missouri School of Mines and Minerals (now UM-Rolla) in 1967, was a Chi Epsilon fraternity member, a Professional Engineer, a life-time member of APEGGA, and member of the Academy of Civil Engineers at Rolla. He worked thirty-three years for Brown & Root, Inc, of Houston, TX and for the past five years for AMEC, Inc, of Calgary, AB; and lived in Texas, Singapore, California, Abu Dhabi, Alberta, Alabama, Czech Republic, England, Egypt and Nova Scotia. He loved spending time with his family and friends, and enjoyed woodworking, camping, hiking, and travel.

Jim will be remembered and greatly missed by his loving wife, Lida; son Harley; daughters Andrea and Lora Leigh; son-in law Jason Chrystal; granddaughters Ainsley and Elsa; mother Vivian, of Normal IL; brothers Bill (Toni), of Normal, IL, John (Joann) of Fairburn, GA; Paul of Norris City, IL; sister Polly (Bill Burnsed) of Cave Creek, AZ; father-in-law Basil Messer, of Fredericton, NB; brothers-in-law Duane Messer (Bonnie) of Fredericton, NB and Garnet Messer (Penny) of Orleans, ON; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and friends. He was pre-deceased by his father, James Harvey and mother-in-law Ethel Messer.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Cochrane Funeral Home (369 Railway Street) on Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Hospice Calgary Society, Suite 900, 833 – 4th Avenue SW, Calgary Alberta T2P 3T5, Telephone: 403-263-4525 or to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o The Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N2. Telephone: (403) 944-2433.

In living memory of Jim Gorrell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.

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  1. It was with surprise and great sadness that we just came to know about the passing of Jim Gorrell. He was loved and respected by all those who worked with him in Singapore in the 1970s. As a great boss, he treated his people fairly and helped them in the advancement of their career. Good bye, Mr. Gorrell and we’ll always remember you.
    On behalf of the staff of Brown & Root Singapore,
    Surin

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  2. We are remembering JW Gorrell on 22 May 2014, the 7th anniversary of his passing, with e-cards which can be viewed at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/prazxbcsjzynuco/AABJghh_acY-43ZgMTLZwDLWa

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