October 1, 1926 – Toronto, Ontario
December 25, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta
Don James, dearly loved husband of Mary for 48 years, passed away on December 25, 2014.
Don was a happy, outgoing friendly man, whose smile lit up a room and he made lasting friendships wherever he went. He spent the first half of his life in the Toronto area. He was particularly proud of his years with DeHavilland Aircraft, where he was involved in the production of the Twin Otter. Later he represented the SPAR division of DeHavilland, demonstrating and selling military equipment throughout the USA. His sales career took a turn when he joined Crothers in Toronto and he had many adventures selling diesel engines to ship owners and truck drivers from Newfoundland to Ontario. He was wooed away by Cummins Diesel Canada. While in their employ he profiled the highways, coast to coast in Canada, before computers came into common use. An opportunity to become the western regional sales manager for Cummins International, took the family from Orangeville ON to North Vancouver, where Don excelled in the marketing of diesel truck engines. Don turned down a promotion that would have moved the family to the USA, choosing to stay in Canada, and pursue property management which took the family to Medicine Hat and then Calgary in 1979. Don loved cars, racing boats, sailboats, aircraft, sailing, canoeing and motor homing. In his younger years, he built boats, raced hydroplanes and played football. He was a big fan of the CFL (Calgary Stampeders) and in his retirement he was manager of the Calgary Bantam Cowboys football team for several years. He also was an original member of the Pine Lake Restoration Society that worked hard and successfully to find, finance and install a system to combat the growing algae problem in the lake. He enjoyed being a part of that. Our family will remember Don for his “stories”, his kindness and desire to help others, his enthusiasm and positive attitude and his love for his family.
Besides his beloved wife, left to love and cherish him are his children; son, Michael James(Judy) of Knoxville TN, their children Michael James Jr, and Melissa Willis (Derek) and new great granddaughter Kari; daughter, Katherine Holubitsky (Jeff) of Edmonton, and their children Max Holubitsky, great granddaughter Sophie Holubitsky, Paul Holubitsky (Gwen) and new arrival great granddaughter Ellie; daughter, Linda Szekely (Rob) and their children Callum and Rowan of Calgary; and son, David James (Erin) also of Calgary. Don was very proud of his children and the adults they have become. He was predeceased by his first wife Marion Buchanan, and two of their four children, Christopher and Mary as well as parents Mary and Frank James, and sister Margaret.
In respect of Don’s wishes, there will be no Funeral Service. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, a donation directly to the Calgary Humane Society would please Don very much. The family would like to thank all departments of the Mayfair Care Centre, for the exceptional care that Don received. We are especially grateful to Jerrylyn and Dr. Hunter for their attentiveness to Don, and Dr. Belenkie and Maria of the Foothills Hospital Cardiac Clinic.
In living memory of Donald James, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences