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HART – James (Jim)

May 30, 1931 to November 17, 2009

With heavy hearts we announce Jim’s peaceful passing with his family by his side.

He fought a valiant five month battle with pancreatic cancer. Jim will be lovingly remembered by Jo Anne his dear wife of fifty-two years as well as his son Tony Hart (Jolene) of Cochrane, AB; and three daughters, Lisa Melnyk (Kevin) of Calgary, Jennifer Longdo (Blair) of Calgary and Darcie Klapp (Fred) of Kelowna, BC. He will also be dearly missed by his seven grandchildren, A.J., Cody and Dayne Hart, Matthew and Tyler Melnyk, Evan and Gracie Longdo; and many cherished friends. Jim is also survived by his three sisters, Ina Alexander (John) of Victoria, BC, Margaret Wood of Hamilton, ON and Frieda Hart of Victoria; his niece Jacqui Windsor (Bob) of Shelbyville, Kentucky; and nephew Ric Wood of Hamilton. He was predeceased by his parents James and Inés Hart; his sisters, Elsie and Ivy Hart; and brother-in-law Bernie Wood.

Jim was born May 30, 1931 in Hamilton, ON. Upon graduating with Honours Geology from the University of Western Ontario in 1955 he worked in mining in Quebec for a year and then began his thirty-year career with Imperial Oil. Jim enjoyed twenty-three years of retirement pursuing his passions of music, reading, wine and travelling with Jo Anne. Besides his family, one of his greatest enjoyments was his fourteen years spent golfing at his favourite course Cottonwood G&C with the many friends made there. Jim was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be lovingly remembered for his sharp wit and sense of humour. During his brave battle with cancer Jim’s greatest desire, was in his own words, to spread “Mirth to the Earth”. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren and always supported and encouraged all their endeavours.

Jim and Jo Anne would like to express their profound thanks to: all their family and friends for their loving support and generous visits; to the nurses and doctors of the Rockyview Hospital, especially Unit 93, and Dr. Conrade, Dr. Lazerenko of the Emergency Ward; as well as their family doctor, Dr. C. Heimbach and the palliative nurses for their exceptional medical care.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Boulevard S.W.) on Friday, November 20, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. Please 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 NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 944 – 2433.

In living memory of Jim Hart, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. So sorry Jo Anne to hear of Jim’s passing. As a Starter at Cottonwood I will miss the humour and the happiness he displayed everytime he showed up and the first tee. He was a great guy and I will miss him.

    Bob M.

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  2. Eleanor and Judith Klapp :

    Jo Anne and family,
    Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time and there is such comfort in knowing that Mr. Hart is in a better place.

    Warmest Regards

    Eleanor and Judith Klapp

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  3. Ben & Honnie Macht :

    Jo Anne – May you find comfort in family as you grieve Jim’s passing. They say that golf is great where he now resides! Regret we will be out of town on Friday – but our thoughts will be with you.

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  4. Jo Anne and Family:
    Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of Jim. He was a great guy who will continue to live in all our hearts.
    I have special memories of Jim from the early days on wellsite with dear old Mother Esso as we called the company. We had some good times together. Spider as some of us called him then, made a significant contribution to all our lives.
    With kindest condolences,
    Dave Stauft

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  5. Jo Anne I am so very sorry to read of Jim’s passing. Jim will be remembered always. Since moving to Kelowna I have thought of you, both, often. I learned a good deal from Jim in the short time we spent on the golf course and I am a better person for knowing him. Jo Anne my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Regards Brant

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  6. Larry & Shelagh Hudon :

    Jo Ann & Family

    Larry and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to you and your family, we always enjoyed Jim and your company and have fond memories of our good times. Much Love. Larry & Shelagh

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  7. Joan & Marty Shannon :

    Dear Jo Anne
    We just heard of Jim’s passing this morning and would like to offer our sincere condolences. Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend the funeral.
    We will fondly remember the fun Jim had on the golf course and, I’m sure, in all areas of his life.
    He will be missed
    Sincerely, Joan and Marty Shannon

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  8. Michelle Wilman :

    I am a friend of Jennifer’s and have heard so many wonderful stories about her dad. Please know that you are all in my heart and prayers.

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  9. Barbara Baldwin :

    JoAnne,
    We were both so sorry to read of Jim’s passing and
    send our sincere sympathy to you and your family.
    Jim was one of the ‘good’ guys – always smiling and
    upbeat with a quip that made one laugh. We know he
    will be dearly missed.
    Our condolences,
    Barbara and Doug Baldwin.

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  10. Bob and Donna Needham :

    Jo Anne and Family,
    We were so sorry to read of Jim’s passing. Please accept our sincere sympathy.
    Bob and Donna Needham

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  11. Aunt Joannie and Family,

    My wife Shona and I are so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. I did not get to spend a lot of time with him, but when Aunt Joannie and Jim would visit the great London Ontario area Uncle Jim always made a profound impression. He was a great listener, and supporter. I am particularly thankful for the time I spent with Jim while at my sister Julianne’s wedding in 2000. Jim was extremely successful in making extended family, living so far away, feel close to him.

    God Bless.

    Dan, Shona, Lauren and Ella Gracey
    St. Marys, ON

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  12. Marnie (Brown) Connelly :

    Jo Anne and family,
    I was saddened to read of Jim’s passing. It has been many years since I have seen any of your family, but I still have memories of sharing time together and recall what a jokester Jim was. Sounds like he continued with that upbeat attitude through his life. I am sure you will miss him greatly. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Marnie (Brown) Connelly

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  13. Anita & Ken Weinberger :

    JoAnne:

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Jim was one-of-a-kind and Ken and I will miss his wit and humour out on the golf course. He will truly be missed.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you JoAnne. Take care

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  14. Rosanna Hanania :

    To Jennifer and your Family, my condolences to you all at this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. May you all cherish the wonderful memories you have of your husband, father or grandfather. God bless you all.

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  15. Dennis & Betty Deegan :

    Jo Anne and family,

    Our thoughts are with you all, a great deal at this sad time. Jim will forever hold a special place in each of your hearts through the many cherished and treasured memories.

    Dennis and Betty (Klapp) Deegan

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  16. Doris and Donald Bowen :

    Dear Jo Anne and Family;

    Our thoughts are with you at this time of your loss. I enjoyed working with Jim, as well as our social times together. Our love is with you.
    Don and Doris Bowen

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  17. Jim & Roma Brown :

    We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We remember all of the great times in Rio Terrace. Our prayers are with you.

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  18. Dear Joanne and Family,

    My deepest sympathies go out to you. Jim was a great man and always had a big smile on his face. I am truly sorry for your loss.

    Shana Martin

    aka Shanana former Cottonwood employee

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  19. Shelley and family :

    Jennifer, Blair, Evan and Gracie,

    Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Though I never got to meet your Dad, Grandfather, over the years I have certainly enjoyed his humor through the e-mails you shared. He will never be far from your heart or your mind.

    Our sincere sympathy,
    Shelley, Al and family

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  20. Norm & Janet Clarke :

    Our thoughts are with you at this time of your loss. We will miss Jim’s humour and his positive attitude towards life.

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  21. BILL and JUNE CAMPBELL :

    Dear JoAnne and family:
    As your neighbour and friends we offer you our sincere sympathy in the loss of Jim. We have very fond memories of past years when he was the humorous storyteller of a gathering. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you every day along this difficult journey, and they will continue. We are unable to be with you at the Mass today but we will be there in spirit. God bless you all.

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  22. Kim and Kim Corrigall :

    Our thoughts with you today Jo Anne.

    We are thankful for the memories of our time spent with a brilliant man – and his brilliant sense of humour – and you, his truely brilliant inspiration. The last time we saw Jim, he was walking off the 5th green carrying the flag, no doubt deep in thought on ways to play it better next time ’round. Once he realized he still had it in his hand, he casually turned on his heel, looked back down the fairway and waved the flag. His smile could be seen despite the 180 yards between us and him (none of us hits it very darned far!). Jim Hart will truely be missed.

    Stay strong Jo Anne and cherish those memories.

    Kim & Kim

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  23. Please accept my sincere condoleances at the passing of Jim. I always had an enjoyable time when we golfed together.

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  24. Irene McCrindle/ Richards :

    So sorry to read in the paper of Jim’s passing. Even though I haven’t seen both in years I have fond memories of times spent at the Highwood. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come. Irene

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  25. Bob & Gladys Wilson :

    We just heard about Jim passing away (down in Tucson for the winter). Very sorry. Jim was always a joy to be around and he will be remembered and missed. Our sincere condolences to JoAnne and family.

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  26. Lorraine Grant :

    I was saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a lovely man, with a great sense of humor. He hired me for my first job at Esso, and I have many fond memories of working with Jim and the rest of the land department. My condolences on your loss.

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  27. Caroline & Clarke Johnson :

    Jo Anne and Family; we are so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We have many a good memory of our BC golfing trips, High River golfing, wine tasting and Jim’s story telling. He was the best.

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  28. Cec and Joyce Payne :

    Jo Anne and family:
    We were deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved husband, father, and grandfather while we were down south. He will be surely missed. We always enjoyed his sense of humour – a great guy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this difficult time. Cherish the memories.
    With love, sympathy and caring.

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