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GORRILL, James (Jim) Fletcher

July 12, 1930 – February 7, 2012

Jim passed away suddenly at his home in Cochrane, AB on February 7, 2012.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Rosa Gorrill (nee Janisch) and leaves behind his daughters, Cara Sauriol (nee Gorrill) and Lisa Gorrill; son Jim Gorrill; granddaughters, Sabina Marie and Carina Rose Sauriol.

Born in Calgary in 1930, he started life in Gleichen, AB before moving with his family to Calgary in 1941, after the death of his father. His love of the mountains brought him together with Rosa, both members of the Alpine Club of Canada. Married in Petersfield, MB, they lived in Calgary until 1975, when he moved his family to Carstairs, AB. After spending twenty-nine years with Air Canada, he took early retirement. Jim and Rosa eventually settled in Cochrane with a view of the mountains. Jim had a lifelong passion for photography, seeing beauty everywhere through the lens of his camera. From climbing Mt. Robson, to burning the soles of his feet on a dock in Antigua, he loved to travel and explore.

Jim’s family was the most important part of his life and with great sadness, Jim’s family  invite friends to pay their last respects to a very much loved and respected father at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222, www.albertacancer.ca/memorial or directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

In living memory of Jim Gorrill, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Bill & June Phythian (nee Ager) :

    Bill & my memories of your Dad go way, way back. Bill’s is of the time when Jim was in Gleichen and mine is of the time at Western Canada High. We are so very sorry to read of your loss. We know the love of family and friends will see you through.
    Take care
    Bill & June

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  2. I have fond memories of working with Jim at Air Canada. He was a kind, gentle man and will be sadly missed.
    Adele Wallace

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  3. Stephen Janisch :

    Cara, Lisa and Jim. We are so saddened to hear of your Dad’s/Uncle Jim’s passing. You and your families are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

    Stephen, Andrea & Andrea

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  4. I know the grief you are experiencing over the loss of your father and want to extend my deepest sympathy to all of you.(Cara, Lisa & Jim).
    Please know that we all share your sorrow at this very difficult time.

    Greg & Maria
    New West B.C.

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  5. McNally Land Services Ltd. :

    On behalf of the staff at McNally Land, we wish to extend our Deepest Sympathies to the Gorrill Family on the death of their Father. May your memories of him give you strength during this very sad time.

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  6. Malcolm and Nelda Sharp :

    Dear Gorills and Sauriols,

    So sorry we cannot attend Jim’s funeral.

    Malcolm’s uncle passed on Monday and we are leaving this morning to be with the family in Lacombe.

    I have a card; will leave in the mailbox.

    Hugs to you all (even if we have not met.)

    Nelda Sharp

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  7. Bob and Nola Rintoul :

    Carol, Lisa and Jim.

    It was a real pleasure to meet Jim’s family. Please accept my condolences on your Dads passing. I remember many happy times with Jim in our fraternity -Delta Phi Delta.

    Bob Rintoul

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