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ABBOTT, Charles James George “Jim”

August 12, 1929 – Fresno, CA
January 2, 2018 – Calgary, AB

Jim Abbott, beloved husband of Lois of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2017 at the age of 88 years.

He leaves his wife of fifty-two years, Lois Ruth Abbott; his sons, Brian, David and Dan; his daughters, Linda, Sandra and Heather; his eighteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sisters, Wendy, Gail; and brother Norrie. He was predeceased by his brother Jerry; and his sisters, June and Bonnie Abbott; and his son Douglas Abbott.

Jim was born on August 12, 1929 in Fresno, CA to Eleanor and Reverend Leonard Abbott. He spent his early years in his home town of Neepawa, MB. Jim had a great love and appreciation for the spiritual; as was taught to him by his mother and his father who was an ordained Anglican minister. As a boy, Jim was an avid outdoorsman, with fishing, hunting and canoeing as his pastimes. He often recounted to his children his setting and checking of trap lines on his route to school and how he shot his first deer when he was ten. Jim excelled in his school work and had an insatiable appetite for reading, learning and knowledge.

Although he received a scholarship to art school, he instead focused on engineering and received a degree in civil engineering from St. Mary’s University in Winnipeg graduating at the top of his class. He began working with the federal government in the department of public works in the parliament in Ottawa, designing roads and highways. He went on to design the Rogers Pass highway where he lived and worked for years managing design and construction between Field and Sicamous.

After completing this project in BC he returned to Ottawa where he met his wife Lois. The two were married and settled in Calgary where he raised his seven children. In Calgary he worked with Loram International and later, Techman where he was the manager of design and construction. Although educated as a civil engineer he was a self-taught mining engineer and focused much of his career on open pit mining design, criss crossing the globe designing projects for international clients. After finishing with Techman, he formed his own consulting company focusing on mining designs in Washington and Kentucky where he designed, what was then, the world largest open pit mine. So extensive was Jim’s reputation in the mine design industry that an executive once told him that he made calls to both the east and west coast of the United States and they both recommended Jim Abbott as the person who would give them the best design. Jim was often visited by university deans of mining engineering to better understand his state of the art and innovative mining design techniques. After engineering, Jim got into the gold mining business in his later years and eventually retired.

Another of Jim’s great loves was horticulture, both in his backyard greenhouse and on his strawberry farm, as well as tending to pruning trees for his children and advising them on gardening. He loved to experiment with different strawberry varieties for Alberta’s climate and had some strawberry farms in the agricultural lands around Calgary.

Jim spent his later years enjoying his children and grandchildren, tending to his gardens, hiking and travelling. Jim was a wonderful father and husband and will be greatly missed by his family who loved him dearly.

In living memory of Jim Abbott, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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