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STRILCHUK, Joachim (Jim) Nicholas Michael

March 27, 1937 – February 26, 2012

Jim Strilchuk passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 26, 2012 while vacationing in the Turks and Caicos with two of his favourite people, his wife, Gladys and his grandson, Jamison.

Jim spent the last week of his life living it to the fullest, laughing and loving with everything he had. He died with his wife, Gladys, close by and his best friend and grandson, Jamison right by his side. Jim was born in Mundare, Alberta and earned degrees from the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia. He was called to the Bar in 1963. Jim loved being a lawyer and helping others along the way. He would give the shirt off his back to a family member, friend or client in need. Jim was a practicing lawyer until the day he died. He was waiting with extreme pride for his son Michael to graduate from law school later this year and join the firm.

Jim, a dedicated lawyer, was loved and respected by his many friends and family. He was the rock that held the Strilchuk family together. Jim valued family and relationships with friends the most in life. His mission was to ensure that his family wanted for nothing and that they knew they were loved. He was an honest man. He was a giver in the truest sense. Jim always said that when his time came, he wanted it to be fast. He wasn’t ready to get old. Jim’s passing, although incredibly sad and tragic, was quick. Suffering was not an option. Jim passed away in the arms of his grandson Jamison.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Nicholas Strilchuk (1995) and Anne Strilchuk (2008). He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Gladys (Thielen) Strilchuk, son Michael, daughter Kathryn (Joe Sheldrake), grandson Jamison, AJ and Patrick Sheldrake, his bonus grandsons and daughter Joanne Bjarnason (Dave) and grandson Nicholas D’Onofrio. The Strilchuk family is large. Sisters Nicole (Bob) Donlevy, Rosemary (Paul) Palichuk and Mary Lou (Phil) Gibeau and brother Jon (Anne) Strilchuk leave to mourn the loss of their brother. Jim had many nieces and nephews who looked up to and admired their Uncle Jim. Surviving Jim is also his longtime business partner, dear friend and surrogate family member, Melanie (Rod) Jarvis. We owe Mel many things for what she has done for Jim and his family over the past 30 years. Jim lived large and with all his heart. He would not want a sorrow-filled send off.

At this time, and at Jim’s repeated request, a funeral will not be held. A private family Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to either the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, 110, 1202 Centre St. S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 5A5 Telephone: (403) 263-5300 www.lls.org/canada or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

In living memory of Jim Strilchuk, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Orval and Arlene Horn :

    Dear Gladys and Family,

    It is with great sorrow that we heard of Jim’s passing. We know he will live on in the heart’s of everyone that had the pleasure of calling him a friend or a neighbour.

    Sincerely,

    “The Horn Family”

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  2. Paula Chase (Money) :

    Dear Gladys, Kathryn, Michael & family
    I was saddened to learn of Jim’s passing and wanted to let you know my thoughts are with you. I learned much from him as a boss but also appreciated him as a friend. His intelligence, kindness and ready wit charmed everyone. Jim was someone who lit up a room with his presence and was a true original. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  3. Laura Schurer :

    Dear Gladys,

    I was very sad to hear of Jim’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and my admiration for your devotion to Jim.

    Laura Schurer

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  4. Roy and Judy Copithorne :

    Dear Gladys: We were saddened for you to hear of Jim’s passing. Although we have not been in touch for some time, we think of you often. We still own in Hawaii and love it here.
    Sorry for your loss.
    Roy and Judy

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  5. Derek Bridges :

    So many happy memories of experiences shared with my friend of more than 50 years give solace to grief.
    Derek Bridges

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  6. Franciscan Kevin Lynch :

    To the Stilchuck family,
    Please accept the sympathies of the Franciscan Friars at Mount St. Francis Retreat on the occasion of the death of Jim. May he rest in peace.
    Frs. Canisius Seiferling (to whom Jim was so generous for golfing!) and Louis Geelan send a special prayer.
    I add my condolences to Nicole and Mary Lou as well for their dear brother.
    Know you are well remembered in our prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Kevin L.

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  7. Brad Marshall And Family :

    Gladys, Katherine and Mike, we were very sad to hear of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts are with you all.
    Brad Marshall

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  8. Lea Cornelesen and family :

    Dear Gladys and family:

    We were so sorry to hear about your husband, father and grandpa passing. Our sincere condolences. We have experienced the pain of such a loss. Therefore, we will keep you in our prayers and ask Our Lord to give you strength at this time.

    Sincerely and love, Lea Cornelesen and family.

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  9. Willis O'Leary :

    Dear Gladys & Family,
    Our sympathy and prayers on the loss of a fine person – husband, father and gradfather. We will always have fond memories of Jim.
    Sincerely,
    Willis & Betty O’Leary

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  10. Greer (Mendes) Crabb and Bob Crabb :

    Gladys and Family: I worked for Jim when he first started out in law and tried to stay in touch over the years. I am so sad to hear of his death but as you say he would not want sorrow but would want us to remember him as full of life and living it with all his heart. He was always so generous with his time and advice. Heartfelt wishes to you and your family.
    Greer and Bob

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  11. Susan Swartzlander Kasper :

    Gladys, Michael and Katherine:

    I just heard the sad news about your dad. He looked so vibrant and healthy in his photos. After my dad passed two years ago it was very hard, it does get less painful and I guess heals in a way that I can’t explain. You will understand in a few months what I mean. However in my opionon time does not make it easier, just copable. Please take time to grieve and honor him with not trying to cover all the emotions that you will be experienceing in the next few months, If anytime you need to talk with someone that has been there recently, please call me on my cell any time. I will always remember him walking me home in that huge fur coat of his when I babysat you two children at the time. Trust me I am very thankful for Botox when I see how wonderful you both look on facebook.

    My prayers and throughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Love Susan (Swartzlander Kasper)
    PS Gladys I have some purses I thought you might be interested in.

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  12. Dolorese Carruthers :

    Mrs. Stilchuk and family

    I was very sad to hear of Jim’s passing. I will always remember his kindness and sense of humour. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this very difficult time.

    Sincerely,
    Dolorèse Carruthers

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  13. CNN Corporate Services Ltd. :

    Gladys and family,

    It was with much sadness that we learned of Jim’s passing, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

    Best regards,
    Ali, Patricia, Aggie, Roba & Elaine

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  14. Franz & Irma Portmann :

    Dear Gladys & Family
    Losing a husband and a Dad can cause a loneliness unlike any other, but having your children near will help ease the difficulty of the days ahead.
    Sincerely
    Franz & Irma Portmann

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  15. Bill and Sandra Blain :

    Gladys, Michael, Kathryn and Jamison

    Bill and I are sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We knew you while we were at the U.of A. and in the earlier years of our marriage. You and I both taught for the Separate School Board in Calgary. We were so touched by the article in the paper about Jamison and his grandfather. We are very sorry for your loss.

    Bill and Sandra Blain

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  16. Vic and Irene Bruzga :

    Words cannot express how saddened and shocked we were to read of Jim’s passing.
    Vic and Gladys taught together when they first started their teaching careers, so it was natural that Jim became our lawyer from the time we were first married until the present. Although our legal needs were small, Jim was always there, along with Melanie to help and assist no matter how trivial our needs were, from writing our wills to helping with my duties as executress of two estates and always made time for us. I am certain that Jim could attribute some of his grey hairs to my many questions and calls of panic during ths time.
    Jim was a friend and not just a lawyer who treated every query and individual with the same attention and respect. All of his clients were of equal importance.
    Jim deeply loved all of you as every meeting with him began with an update on how our families were with a highlight of the kids and grandkids and Jim’s obvious pride in all of you followed by Gladys’ newest paintings in his office which he knew I so admired. He often said how lucky he was to have such a wonderful and loving family.
    Jim will be deeply missed by so many of us who were lucky enough to have crossed paths with such a wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and take comfort in knowing that we all grieve with you.
    Vic and Irene Bruzga

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  17. Murray & Inga Owens :

    Glady and family; Our sincere condolances to you and your family at this sad time. We have happy memories of the tour to California and the time we spent with you many decades ago. Jim got his wish of living life to the fullest to the end, for him that was fortunate, but sad for you.

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  18. Connie & Family :

    My Dear Gladys, Kathryn & Michael:

    You are very special to our family because of your association with my late husband Bill when you were both active in the Catholic School Local in the mid ’60s.
    Because of you, our husbands met playing golf, and they continued their friendship with Stampeder Football season tickets. For many years you and I accompanied them to the games.
    We also recall with fondness, the many Stampede Parade Day parties that you and Jim held including everyone’s children. Jim always had a special treat for each child to take home.
    Jim was so generous with his time to our family for the next 45 years. We continue to hold him in High Esteem!
    We love you all! R.I.P. Jim.
    Fondly, Connie & Family

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  19. Bonnie-Jean Marconi :

    Gladys, Michael and Kathryn,

    Deepest condolences on the loss of your husband and father.
    Our thoughts are with all of you as you struggle through your grief journey.

    May he rest peacefully in the palm of God’s hands.

    Sincerely,
    Bonnie-Jean and Gordon Marconi

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  20. Gayle McPhee and Judge Gerry Meagher :

    Our condolences to the Strilchuk family. We will never forget Jim’s kindness and friendship. When we came to Calgary in 1976, Jim was Gerry’s principal and provided him with his articles and a job in his firm. Later on our paths crossed less frequently, usually at Flamrs games. We were always greeted by Jim with a warm smile and a twinkle in his eye. He was a fine man and will be greatly missed. Please accept our sincerest sympathies. Gayle and Gerry

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  21. Maureen Thorne :

    Gladys, Michael & Kathryn

    My condolences on the loss of your husband & father & grandfather. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.
    May God Bless you & your extended family.
    Take care of yourselves & please accept my sincerest sympathy.
    Maureen

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  22. Faye D. Harder :

    Mrs. Gladys Strilchuk and Family,

    My sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your very dear husband, father, grandfather, and genuine friend to all who shared and touched his life.

    Jim, was an exceptionally tender and giving person to those who had the privilege of knowing him. He will be sadly missed, but remembered tenderly by us all.

    May God, your family and friends surround you with the strength to go on without him.

    Sincerely,

    Faye D. Harder and the late Dr. Edward J. Harder and Family

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  23. Michael Stevens-Guille :

    To Gladys, Niki and all of Jim’s family,

    So very very sad to hear the news.
    So many good memories of a close friend, classmate and housemate at UBC.

    Michael

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  24. Dear Gladys & Family
    I wish to extend my sympathy and condolences to you and your family for your sudden loss-I’m finding it difficult to accept the fact that Jim is no longer with us –I considered Jim a true and valued friend who came into my life at the time of his Articles and we have been in touch with each other since then from time to time. Jim was always prepared to freely give of his time.
    Jim will be greatly missed by us all
    Cal Oughton

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  25. Barb Jackson :

    Dear Gladys, Kathryn and Michael, I am so sorry for the loss of your Jim; husband and father and grandfather. I have lots of Hawaiian memories. Sincerely, Barb

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  26. Gary & Valerie Walters :

    Dear Gladys,

    We were very saddened to learn of Jim’s sudden passing. He was a good friend, to us, and he will be greatly missed.

    Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

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  27. Michelle Loughery :

    I would like to offer my condolences to your family.
    I am a distant cousin.
    I am the granddaughter of Genevieve Sanyshyn.(Korchinski)..Anne Strilchuk’ sister. I found this while doing a family search.. May your family heal in light.
    Michelle Loughery

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