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McNAUGHTON, Harry Roderick “Jim”

April 30, 1915 – February 11, 2013

Harry Roderick “Jim” McNaughton passed away on Monday, February 11, 2013 at the Rockyview Hospital in Calgary. He was admitted to the hospital on Thursday, February 7 after falling and cracking his hip at his son Matt’s place south of Calgary. He was 97 years old.

Jim was born in Champion, Alberta on April 30, 1915. He grew up on a farm there, and married Leta Robson in 1942. In 1946, they moved with their young family to a farm near Winfield, Alberta. Jim and Leta ran the dairy for Winfield until 1956, and bought the Buck Lake dance hall where they showed movies and held dances in the days of the newly developing Pembina Oilfield. When an illness forced Jim to stop farming, they bought the Pendryl General Store which they ran until 1976. Retiring back to their farm at Winfield, into their new house, they spent the next twenty years square dancing, round dancing, and travelling. Jim loved building in his shop with metal and wood. Jim and Leta moved to Rimbey in 1996, and she died in 2007, with Jim looking after her in her final years. In 2011, he moved to the Medicine Tree Lodge in High River. Jim continued round dancing until he was 94.

In the past ten years, Jim was predeceased by his brother Joe and three sisters Gussie, Edna and Gretchen. Left to mourn his passing are his sister Gerry in Saskatoon, his daughters Lyle Rigaux (Jean) of Champion, Carrie Hokanson (Rob) of Cowichan Bay, BC, and sons Noel (Elizabeth) of Edmonton and Matt (Fern) of Dewinton, Alberta, sister-in-law Lorna Mitchell of Strathmore, and many beloved nieces and nephews. He enjoyed his nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Jim always said “I tell anybody who will listen, travel as much as you can”.

A family gathering to celebrate his life will be held at a future date. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Jim McNaughton, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. CALGARY, AB Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. Our deepest sympathy to Jim’s family. He and Leta were great neighbours and we really missed them when they moved. We will think of Jim on April 30th, as he and Henry shared birthdates. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Henry & Esther Lambert

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  2. Annetta van Someren (DeLyster) Harry :

    Our thoughts are with you all. Lots of good memories. Take care. Hugs to you all.

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  3. Jessie Hendrigan :

    Sincere and heartfelt symathy to the family. Jim (and Leta) were two of my favourite people growing up. They were always so kind and most interesting to talk to. One very special memory for me is of them bringing chocolate milk to the school for lunch. Another is the wonderful metalwork Jim did.
    Jessie

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