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POSEY, James Bennett

January 12, 1942 – Iowa City, Iowa
September 20, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta

Jim Posey died peacefully on Friday, September 20 after a courageous struggle in intensive care at the Rockyview General Hospital. He is survived by Eileen Dann, his loving partner of 26 years, daughter Gillian Posey, son Alaric Posey, sister Ann Dion, and many other relatives.

Jim, as a boy, spent his summers at the family cabin in Colorado, hiking and enjoying the mountains. This experience was one he always treasured and helped to make him into the person that we knew and loved. He had a strong love for the natural world, with a special interest in native plants and invasive plants. He was a respected amateur botanist who for many years led weekly field trips for the botany study group of the Calgary Field Naturalists’ Society (now called Nature Calgary). For his volunteer service in this society, he received the distinction of being a Lifetime Honorary Member. Recently he has been on the boards for the Alberta Native Plant Council (where he developed the “Rogue’s Gallery of Invasive Non-native Plants of Alberta”) and the Alberta Invasive Plant Council.

In his professional life, Jim was a construction specifications writer, and was widely respected and considered an expert in his field. He wrote and assisted in writing papers for the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Association, and had recently developed an interest in computerized hygrothermal modeling. A founding member of the Alberta Building Envelope Council, he was active on the boards of both ABEC and the Calgary chapter of Construction Specifications Canada. Recently ABEC named a scholarship in Jim’s honour. There is more information on Jim’s professional life at www.bricks-and-brome.net.

Active as an artist and musician in his earlier life, he continued to express these interests in his photography (including a large collection of wildflower photos), his assistance in sculpture projects, occasional small art projects such as designing a logo for a CSC conference in Calgary which he helped organize (now used by the national organization), and a large and eclectic collection of musical recordings of all periods. He also enjoyed playing some of the keyboard works of J. S. Bach, Bartók, and Eric Satie.

A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held Scenic Acres Community Association, (8825 Scurfield Drive NW, Calgary) on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Nature Conservancy of Canada at www.natureconservancy.ca, or to the Alberta Native Plant Council at Box 52099, Garneau Postal Outlet, Edmonton, AB T6G 2T5.
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  1. Elisabeth Beaubien :

    Jim was a wonderful person and champion of native plants. We shared a great interest in ‘weeds’ or introduced plants in Alberta. He contributed for endless years to the Alberta Native Plant Council. He attended many of the ‘botany Alberta’ summer excursions, and shared his wide knowledge of plants there. With the botanical community, I will miss Jim!

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  2. Larry and Marilyn Dann :

    Eileen,
    Sending you our love and deepest sympathy on the death of your dear spouse and friend. Condolences to the family. Jim’s life was a life of faithful, intelligent and creative stewardship. We lend our support to Nature Conservancy in his name, and with gratitude.

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  3. Farewell to a kind and caring soul whose spirit will not be forgotten

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  4. Josie Reiterer :

    I am very sad to hear about Jim’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you Eileen and with the family at this difficult time.

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  5. My deepest sympathy Eileen. Jim was one of the most interesting men I have ever met. I loved his voice on the phone when he would answer when I would call you. He was always such a good sport with me too when I would tease him and call him Santa Claus. As I told you I admired your love and support with him through the last months, I know he left this world knowing he had the best partner in life and that he was deeply loved.

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  6. Ann Posey Dion :

    Eileen, Gillian, Alaric,
    I am grateful that Jim was able to understand my love for the cabin in the mountains and leave it in my care. Memories of our childhood are all around me in this time of great sorrow. I will always feel his presence while here…….

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  7. George and Gail Lauder :

    Eileen,
    Very sorry to hear of your loss.

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  8. Alice Atkinson :

    Eileen, Gillian and Alaric
    We send our heartfelt sympathy to you all. Jim was a kind and caring and unique person. We had many good times together as cousins while visiting him and his family when they lived in Iowa City. His impressive knowledge of and concern for the botanical world was an important voice in the world. We too will miss him.

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  9. Jim was an intelligent and thoughtful person with a deep love of the natural world and a keen interest in protecting native plants. Jim was happy to share his knolwedge with many people. I’m thankful for the opportunity to have worked and laughed with Jim on the ANPC for many years. We shared many interesting conversations on the way to ANPC meetings and he often made board meetings more fun and productive. We’ll continue to work for the causes he championed.

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  10. Ian D. Macdonald & Mary Ann McLean :

    Jim was a great guy … he cared about the environment and our relationship with nature. We will miss him as will you. Our thoughts are with you.

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  11. Ksenija Vujnovic :

    Jim,
    Your kindness and genuine caring nature will be forever missed. Rest in peace.

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  12. Kelly Cooley - Pincher Creek, Alberta :

    Shocked to hear of Jim’s passing. I appreciated Jim’s knowledge and passion for his work, his interests & hobbies, and life in general. To his family and close friends: please accept my condolences on your loss – I was privileged to know and work with Jim, and will sadly miss his company and contributions.

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  13. Colleen and Joe Stefanich :

    Dear Eileen,
    So very sad to hear that Jim passed away. Our sympathy to you and the rest of Jim’s family.

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  14. Myrna Pearman :

    I met Jim many years ago when he taught at Red Deer College. He was active with the Red Deer River Naturalists, often leading field trips to interesting places in Central Alberta. He taught us much about plants and the beauty of the earth. He will be missed.

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  15. Joan Williams :

    I first met Jim in 1988 through what was then, the relatively new Alberta Native Plant Council. His many years contributing to the knowledge of Alberta plant species, and of leading or co-joining field trips through CFNS and ANPC, experience as botanist and naturalist, and passion about the natural world, will be sadly missed. A life well spent, Jim. Go in peace.

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  16. Alan and Marlene Dalgliesh :

    Jim was burning the candle at both ends and the middle too. Others have revealed the light he shed on our understanding of Alberta’s native and invasive plants. I miss him so much, not just for mountain rambles and burdock picking at Williams Coulee, but even more for our collaboration in construction technology. His capacity for enriching the accuracy and impact of talks presented at Alberta Building Envelope Council South’s monthly meetings was legendary. Jim will live on in our memories.

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  17. Don & Virginia Battiste :

    We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We knew Jim through AB Invasive Plants Council and often carpooled with him to meetings in Red Deer or Lacombe. He had a wealth of knowledge and could regale us with so many stories that the trips were never long with Jim along. If prodded, he talked of his early days growing up, his love for nature, the cabin and the mountains. He was a man of giant stature in his care and concern for the natural environment. Indeed, he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who grieve his loss.

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  18. June Flanagan :

    I am very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I met him through the Alberta Native Plant Council. His enthusiasm for botany and his contributions towards our understanding of plants in this province were great gifts that will long be remembered. My sincere condolences to his family.

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  19. Sandra Marshall :

    At CMHC, we had many occasions to meet and work with Jim. He was alwaysinteresting and a pleasure to work. I am sad that his time with you has ended. He left many fond memories.

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  20. Laurie Hamilton :

    I miss Jim. I am thankful for the time that Jim gave to me. He inspired me often and I consider him one of my mentors. I take solace in knowing that Jim was a very happy man and enjoyed life…and plants…and good discussions. Thanks Jim!

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  21. When I moved to Iowa City in 1957, Jim Posey became my first friend at U-Hi & remained a close friend until he moved to Calgary. I haven’t been in close touch with him the past few years, & although the miles & years have separated us, I have never forgotten his kindness, intelligence & bright humanity. I will never forget my old canoeing buddy & classmate — he has left a Posey-sized emptiness in my heart. My deepest condolences to Eileen & his family. I am sure you miss him very much.

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  22. Shirley Misbach Buswell :

    Eileen, Gillian, Alaric, and Ann,

    Memories of Jim, including his commitment to the natural world and his many accomplishments in life, are a great comfort at this time. We fondly remember the early summer Misbach get-togethers at the Posey house on Newton Road, time shared at Grandpa and Grandma’s in Williamsburg, reunions at Ila’s farm, and later Jim’s visits with Misbach cousins during trips back to spend time with Mildred at Hills.
    We will miss him and think of him often.

    Aunt Shirley and family

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