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Lafleur, James Paul “Jim”

April, 18, 1962 – Brandon, MB
November 9, 2014 – Airdrie, AB

James “Jim” Paul Lafleur passed away on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the age of 52 years.

Jim served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 22 years, and retired from the service with the rank of MCpl in 2003. During his service Jim enjoyed a number of postings including, Winnipeg, MB, Cold Lake, AB, and a 5-year overseas tour in Baden, Germany. For his final posting he returned to Cold Lake a place he very much enjoyed and considered returning to in his final retirement.

In his post-military career, Jim followed his military training and worked in the field of avionics in the Calgary area.

He later took a hiatus from that work to care for his elderly mother at home. Of all the family, Jim had always had an especially strong and close attachment with his mum. They were best of friends. It was inevitable this devotion led him to be her final companion and care taker, which he exercised with the greatest compassion, dedication and good humor.

Jim’s two great passions throughout his life were music and golf. He lived and loved music, playing his guitars for Mum or listening to Miles Davis.

An avid golfer all his life, Jim was a student of the game. His greatest golfing triumph was winning the Lafleur brothers tourney in 2012. His golfing dream was realized when he became a marshal at the newly-built Apple Creek Golf Course in 2013 and 2014, as well as a marshal at the 2014 Shaw Charity Classic. Jim always was a stickler for the rules.

Jim is survived by his brothers, Michael, Tom and Peter (Laurie) Lafleur; his sister Andree (Gary) Hammond; his nieces, Erin (Adil), Morgan, Mackenzie, Addison and Nikki; and his nephew Steven. He was predeceased by his father Joseph Marcel Lafleur and his mother Elizabeth Ellen Lafleur.

As per Jim’s wishes, a private service will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to your local Veterans Food Bank or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

In living memory of James Lafleur, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 403-948-1100

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  1. Donna Meehan Besaw :

    Wishing you my thoughts and prayers.
    Love Donna

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  2. Rest in Peace Jim! Will miss your bright smile and air-guitar antics that you used to do back in the 410 Sqn days. My condolences to friends and family, Jim was that rare friend that one could always count on to make you smile. Again, rest in peace old friend.

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  3. I will always remember Jim with a smile on his face and someone who always made me smile. You will be missed. Mt deepest condolences to your family.

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  4. Gil Prosser (MCpl Ret'd) :

    Rest in peace Jim, was both an honour and privilege to serve along side of you. Our thoughts and hearts go out to the family at this difficult time. He will be missed by all those who knew Jim.

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  5. Scott MacDonald :

    Thoughts and prayers sent to your family and loved ones. I really enjoyed working with you during your time at 410 Sqn, till we meet again brother. R.I.P.

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  6. To the Lafleur family, my deepest heartfelt wishes for you all in your time of need. Please know that Jim will be greatly missed, loved and thought of often. His guitar skills and singing will be missed especially at the camp site by the lake, as will his golf and walking stories. We will remember him always.

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  7. RIP Jim. I will always remember your guitar playing in the barracks in Comox during our time at 441 together. I will also remember our many trips together to many varied locations on TD.

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  8. My sincerest condolences! I have many happy memories of Jim from Cold Lake days. Always cheerful, kind and music around him. It was a pleasure to know him. Rest in peace friend!

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  9. John "Gary" White :

    I would like to express condolences to the LaFleurs from the White family. We knew Jim and his family while living in Shilo, MB. Jim was a very nice fellow and came from a fine family. Years later, I was surprised to re-connect with Jim in the Air Force in Cold Lake, AB. He was an excellent technician and was always smiling. No matter the weather, Jim brought his own sunshine everywhere he went. Rest in peace old friend.

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  10. RIP Jim! I will always remember you with a big smile on your face and a helping hand to anyone who needed it! You will be greatly missed!

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  11. Rest in Peace Jim! I fondly remember out times working together at 410 Sqn. Our heartfelt condolences to your family during this sad time.

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  12. So sorry to hear this news, way too young. He was always fun to work with and we always had a few laughs even when the work wasn’t going our way. I particularly remember the fun we had after a few night shifts at 441, we would bring the guitars out in the canteen and spend a couple of hours rewriting the classics. Good times. My condolences to his family.

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  13. Condolences to the LaFleurs. Jim held a special place in all our hearts. I met Jim in Cold Lake and he was the “smiles” of all our days. RIP my friend.

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  14. RIP Jim. It was an honour knowing you and you always made me feel like an equal. My condolences to your family for losing someone so young. Cheers.

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  15. Your smile will live on in memory, Rest in Peace Jim!

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  16. Steve Stockley :

    Rest in peace my friend. I met Jim in Germany we both played on the base volleyball team, great guy, great smile, great person. You will be missed my friend.

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  17. Brenda Atkinson :

    I would like to pass on my deepest sympathy to the Lafleur family. It is always difficult to lose a sibling, especially one so young but eventually you get through the tough days and learn to appreciate all the special moments you shared. I always enjoyed working with Jim on those long shifts in 410 squadron. He always seemed to be happy and had a way of brightening the days of the people he worked with. RIP Jim.

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  18. My condolences to the entire family. I remember Jim as a “ray of sunshine” on any day. It is so hard to believe he is gone. My sincerest sympathy to everyone as this is a huge loss to the family. I know Jim will be remembered with the fondest of memories by his nieces and nephews especially. My thoughts are with you all.

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  19. It is with heavy heart that I send my condolences to the Lafleur family on your great loss. Jim and I worked together on the Air Force and we also shared a many laugh. RIP Jim you will be missed. Never forgotten.

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  20. My deepest sympathies go out to the Lafleur family. It was an honor to serve with Jim in Cold Lake, and briefly worked with him in Calgary after retirement from the Air Force. He always had a smile on his face, and was one of the friendliest people I’ve ever had the privilege to know.
    RIP old friend.

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  21. Bill Robertson :

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to the LaFleur family. I knew the LaFleur family from Shilo. Jim’s Mum and Dad were such great people and their children followed in their footsteps. RIP Jim.

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  22. My sincerest condolences go out to Jim’s family and friends at his sudden passing. I had the pleasure of working with Jim during two postings to Cold Lake and one in Germany. He was not just a co-worker but a friend, and we had many wonderful times touring around Germany together. He was always happy and up for a laugh. He will be greatly missed.

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  23. Celine & Dan Perrotte :

    Our sincerest condolences go out to Jim’s family. We had the pleasure to work with Jim in 410 Sqn. in Cold Lake and in Raytheon Calgary, his music and happiness will always be in our hearts.
    RIP my friend

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  24. Karla Kewell (O'Donnell) :

    Mike, Andree, Peter and Tom
    I am so sorry to hear about Jim. My condolences go out to you all.
    Karla

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  25. The world is a lesser place. I remember Jim from my 410 days. He always put a smile on my face no matter what kind of day I was having. Rest in peace my brother you will be missed.

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  26. My sincerest condolences to the LaFleur family. I will always remember Jim, his smiles and the times we had in 410 Squadron. RIP Jim.

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  27. John and Susan Rose :

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My wife and I both enjoyed working with him in 410 Sqn and he will be missed.

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  28. Michelle Aschim :

    My deepest condolences to everyone in the family (Thank you Mike for calling me directly and letting me know). I worked with Jim at Raytheon, and immediately he and I were kindred spirits,both with a deep love for the old Genesis led by Peter Gabriel.We enjoyed meeting regularly for coffee, even if it meant Jim missing a Habs game. We talked, told stories of our adventures and advised on situations of frustration. Jim never turned down an opportunity to help me (moving and the like)with his only request to repay him in home baked cookies!
    -To my brother in spirit, my fellow “slipperman”, I will miss you deeply, Jim.
    Hugs always, and an Earl Gray Tea for you in your after life, Michelle Aschim

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