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RHOADES, James Ales

February 22, 1926 – October 23, 2012

James Ales Rhoades beloved husband of Dorothy of Calgary passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the age of 86 years.

James was born in Biscoe, Arkansas, USA. He attended college in Downey, California and immigrated to Canada from the USA in 1955. James served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army from 1945-46. He married the love of his life Dorothy in 1971. He worked as a plumber/gas fitter and was a proud member of the Plumbers Union Local 496. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Local 154, 4-Wheel Stampeders and was affiliated with the United Church of Canada. One of his biggest passions was the outdoors, including activities like 4-wheel driving, Stampeders Football games and golfing. Dad and Dorothy enjoyed three trips to Hawaii. They wintered in Texas and spent their summers at Slocan Lake, BC. He will be remembered as a great story teller by all and for his love he had for his family.

Besides his wife Dorothy, James is survived by seven children, Warne (Robin) Muriel (Wil), Marlene, Debra (Joe), Gordon (Carol), Barbara (Rick) and Marion (Ross); sixteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, three sisters-in-law, two sisters; as well as multiple nieces and nephews in Canada and the United States. Jim was adored by Aunt Louise in Avonlea, SK. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers.

A Celebration of James’ Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road SE) on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to Father Lacombe Care Centre, 332 – 146th Avenue SE. Calgary, AB T2X 2A3.

In living memory of James Rhoades, 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. Valrie gauthier :

    Jim was a very special person and a good friend. We enjoyed knowing him and spending time listening to his travels. The world was a much better place with him being a part of it. He will be missed.

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  2. Frank & Evelyn Apperley :

    Our thoughts are with you at this time.
    With Sympathy,
    Frank and Evelyn Apperley

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  3. Elaine Nieswandt :

    My deepest sympathies to you and the whole family. Jim was such a friendly man.You both made us feel very welcome our first years in Texas. Jim will be missed by all.

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  4. Jim Rhoades was a lovely man. A great husband and father and grandfather. He was kind and honest and hardworking. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend. I will especially always be grateful to him for getting me to the hospital on time when Marjie was born. My thoughts and prayers go to Dorothy and all of his family. He will be missed.

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  5. We will miss you so much Pop. I hope you are enjoying your picnic and that there is salt for the watermelon. We love you and will miss you.

    Marion and Ross

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  6. Don & Sylvia Fisette :

    We have known Jim for years through his children. We were pleasantly surprised to see Jim and Dorothy in Texas several years ago when we were visiting our friends from Winnipeg. He will be missed.

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  7. Please accept my deepest sympathy in honour of your Dad. I know how much you loved him. I got to meet him through Muriel, Marlene, Warne and Dorothy. My thoughts and prayers to you and the whole family. I know you will have many memories to treasure.

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  8. Cheryl Lindsay :

    Deepest sympathy to Muriel, Marlene and Warne on the loss of your wonderful dad. Dorothy has lost her lifelong partner as well as the father of her children. My sincere condolences to all of you. May Jim rest in peace.

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  9. Ellen and Gerhard Neffgen :

    Gerhard and I were so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers will be with Dorothy and the family. Jim was loved by all who knew him and we’ll miss his easy smile.

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  10. Sue and Glenn Hardie :

    Muriel and family; Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Your dad was a sweetheart!

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  11. Dan and Marilynne Martin :

    We remember Jim well. Please accept our condolences and sympathies. Time will help to heal but memories live on forever. I know there are a great number of wonderful memories with Jim.
    Dan and Marilynne Martin

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  12. Garda & Dick Davies :

    Dear Dorothy & family: Please accept our sympathies on the loss of your precious husband, father and grandfather. We have heard so many wonderful things about Jim through Carol and Gord and know that he was dearly loved. Our prayers go with you and yours. God Bless you at this time.

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  13. Floyd and Ellen Neal :

    Our thoughts are with you at this time.

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  14. Leo and Shirley Lander :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Dorothy and your family. We have many, many wonderful memories of Jim and he will be forever in our hearts.

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  15. Frank & Bonnie Vande Graaf :

    Our condolences to Jim’s family, Dorothy and our special neighbors Muriel & Wil. Jim was a wonderful man. I can still remember looking forward to seeing him work next door so I could go over and sit on the steps and listen to his stories.
    He will be missed.

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  16. Dennis Bauslaugh :

    You have my deepest sympathy at this time of your great loss.

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  17. Peggy & Bob Hulteen :

    Dorothy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of your loss. We will always remember Jim riding around the park on his bike. You were good neighbors and he will be missed by many.

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  18. Donna McCallum :

    From the day I met Jim he made me feel like I was part of the family. I really enjoyed the time I spent with him, I always looked forward to happy hour with him and Dorothy when I would be visiting Texas, they made awesome margaritas that always packed a punch and always made something delicious for dinner I also really loved going to the Stampede BBQ’s. We would sit and talk about trees and stuff to do with his yard and I was super impressed at how immaculate his yard was. It was beautiful. He always asked me questions about my life and always made me feel important and he always had words of encouragement. He was always nice to me. I will miss him. My condolences go out to Dorothy and everyone who knew him.

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  19. Dorothy, please accept my deepest sympathies to you and all your family. Jim was always a great friend to Mom and Dad (Yzetta and Herb). I will always fondly remember the times when I was growing up, that Jim took Warne, Muriel, Marlene and me to the “Happy Valley” swimming pool and more recently the times that Jim would stop at mom and dad’s house for a friendly chat on one of his brisk walks or bike rides. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  20. Gordon Stewart :

    Warne, Muriel and Marlene please accept my sympathy. I do remember the enjoyable times at your house and your Dad always being there to pick you up at the Bee Bop dances. Also remember the great times playing little league baseball. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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