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LAWN, James

Posted By Obits On July 12, 2019 @ 1:36 PM In Obituary,Park Memorial Chapel | 24 Comments

May 27, 1943 – Barrhead, Scotland
July 8, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with broken hearts and much love we announce the passing of Jim Lawn on Monday, July 8, 2019 at the age of 76.

Jim was born in Barrhead, Scotland on May 27, 1943. He decided that the Scottish countryside wasn’t big enough to contain him so he immigrated to Canada in October 1968. He worked evenings as Assistant Manager at A&W where he met Rozanne. They were married in November, 1972 and are the proud parents of Ryan and Megan. Jim started hanging around his Dad’s barbershop at the age of 14 and started working there after high school graduation. In Calgary, he opened up his own barbershop on 19th Street N.W. in the early 1970s. On most mornings, you would find a line up of men waiting for haircuts at 6 a.m. Jim would be singing along with the 60s hits, as customer after customer, friend after friend came in for a little off the top. Who could forget the vacuum on the collar for a final touch? Jim was initiated into his father’s Masonic Lodge in February 1961 at the age of 18. Once moving to Canada, he joined Mosaic Lodge No. 176 where he quickly became involved and rose through the Chairs to become Worshipful Master in 1977. He served as Grand Tyler for the Grand Lodge of Alberta from 1997 – 98. In 2011, was presented with his 50 year jewel. Jim served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Grand Lodge of Alberta in 2013. His first love, other than Rozanne, was the Montreal Canadiens. He attended games at the Forum and the Bell Centre. His fondest memory was receiving an invitation into the Canadiens Alumni Lounge. When Jim wasn’t watching his Canadiens, he was calling the shots for his curling team. When summer came, he and family would head to Sundre for campfires and Jim’s renowned technique in cooking smokies. He enjoyed working on perfecting his golf game for the past thirty-six years.

Although Jim was a man of few words, he will be remembered for his integrity, wit and love.

A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 18 Hidden Creek Road N.W [1], on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. with a Reception to follow in the Church Hall.

From the bottom of our hearts we would like thank the Palliative Home Care Team and Dulcina Hospice for their compassion, love and care.

If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made directly to the Sundre Golf Club for the junior golf program. Cheques would be payable to the Sundre Golf Club, Site 114, Compartment 17, R.R. 3, Sundre, Alberta T0M 1X0. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.

In living memory of Jim Lawn, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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Condolence from Colleen on July 12th, 2019 2:46 PM

Roxanne, Megan and Ryan:
I am profoundly saddened by you dear husband and father’s death. I knew I loved your Dad the moment I met him. His darling Mom and my Mom lived in the same complex and were fast friends. My Mom’s 75th birthday celebration included all residence of Cathedral Manor where darling Cathy Jim and Alan’s Mom held my great Niece Abigail who is now 13 years old. I love ❤️ Jim and Roseanne because they took my Mom to Robbie Burns night every year and my Mom was deeply thankful and blessed and I too was blessed to know Jim even if he was a Habs fan. I was too in the 60’s but when Calgary Flames came I traded my loyalties to be a Flames fan. We teased each other and he was a deep man of faith and integrity. I am deeply broken but I know where Jim is and will be fortunate to see him again. Love ❤️ you Jim. Not gone; forever in my heart.

Condolence from Donna Brown on July 12th, 2019 6:48 PM

We send our prayers and love to Rozanne, Ryan, Megan. Jim Will be missed dearly. I loved his cute smile and twinkle in his eyes. We are so sorry for your loss. Love Mitch and Donna.

Condolence from Jacquie & Mike Launer on July 12th, 2019 6:53 PM

Rozanne, Mike and I are deeply saddened by the news of Jim’s passing and cannot imagine how difficult and demanding this time is for you. Our deepest condolences to you, Megan and Ryan.

Condolence from Leslie Champ on July 12th, 2019 8:06 PM

Jim was my masonic friend and mentor. He will be so missed and yet remembered. My condolences to the family on the passing of someone so special.

Condolence from Sarah Raiss on July 13th, 2019 9:24 AM

Rozanne, I am so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My thoughts, prayers and positive energy go out to you, Megan and Ryan. No words can really make a difference in such a very difficult time. But I hope knowing that so many of us care, helps. I send very big hugs your way.

Condolence from Randy & Paula Messier on July 13th, 2019 3:21 PM

Rozanne and family,

Randy and I send our sincerest condolences to you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Robert Pearson on July 13th, 2019 3:35 PM

I was deeply saddened to hear of Jim’s passing
Jim was my barber.
He cut my father in laws hair , mine, and my sons including
Their first haircuts.
We have thought of Jim often over the years
Please accept our deepest sympathy’s

Condolence from Connie Siewert on July 14th, 2019 8:07 AM

Rozanne and Family,
I’m so sorry for your great loss. I never met Jim, but I can tell how wonderful he must have been just by knowing you. The love he had for you is something that can never be taken away. Hold on to that and know that he is with you always. Be well my friend and please reach out at any time – I am here for you.

Condolence from Shon and Melissa McDougall on July 14th, 2019 6:25 PM

To Rozanne and your family, so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He always made us laugh even though he truly was a man of few words. We will miss him as we know most in his life he touched will. One of Shon’s was not taking money off the Scots man from another Scotsman on the golf course!

Condolence from Jan and Robert Walsh on July 15th, 2019 7:22 AM

Rozanne and family,
We were so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. You did so much and were always there for the Wagner family so if there is anything you need, we are here for you. You are on our thoughts through this difficult time. Sending our love.

Condolence from Diane Campbell on July 15th, 2019 10:56 AM

Dear Rozanne, Ryan and Megan
I first met Jim the Barber shortly after my parents, Pete and Edith Frewin, bought Dairy Lane. I remember the day I got my driver’s licence and drove to Dairy Lane to tell Mom and Dad I passed! There was a parking spot right in front of the barbershop and in and out, back and forth I drove, until the car was finally parked properly. (I’m really not sure how I passed!) Jim and all his customers came out of the shop and gave me a standing ovation! Jim and my mom had a fierce Habs v Flames rivalry, but all in fun. He was a wonderful friend to Mom and Dad and to many others in the West Hillhurst area. Sincere condolences.
Diane Campbell

Condolence from Luanne Nixon on July 17th, 2019 8:03 AM

Roseanne, Ryan and Megan,
So sorry for your loss. May your many wonderful memories comfort you,
Luanne and Dwight Nixon

Condolence from Dave & Glenda Webber on July 17th, 2019 10:39 AM

Rozanne,Ryan &Megan, so sorry for your loss!Think of Jim often when we cruise down 19 street!He was a Great Guy!

Condolence from Mark Mackenzie on July 17th, 2019 11:54 AM

So very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I’d not seen him for many years, but enjoyed a visit last July (2018) at the Mackenzie (Riverside RV) golf tourney. I actually wondered about Jim when I attended the tourney this year.

I have so many found memories of our Hawkwood Scouting time together, with both he and Ryan. I’ll do my best to attend Jim’s celebration, currently a rather large business conflict in my calendar.

Thoughts to all!!

Scouter Mark

Condolence from Leslie & Andrew Gage on July 18th, 2019 7:20 AM

Rozanne, Andrew and I are truly saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. I’m sure you didn’t lose just a husband, but probably your best friend as well. You are in our thoughts. Our deepest condolences, Leslie & Andrew

Condolence from Monique Schluff Soboren on July 28th, 2019 1:20 PM

Rozanne, we were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing and are thinking of you. He will be missed when we go for our walks and will remember him always saying hi.

Monique, Mike, Alexander, Kimberly

Condolence from Glen Leinweber on July 31st, 2019 7:48 AM

I first met Jim when he opened his barber shop in West Hillhurst those many years ago. He was a true gentleman and a first class barber who loved his job and loved life. He cut the hair of four generations of my family; my Father, Al myself, my Son Ben, and my Grandson Jake. He told me it was a first and wouldn’t accept payment for my Grandson’s first haircut. What a guy! When my Father was critically ill he was upset that his hair was so scruffy so I called Jim who came over to the house after he closed his shop that day and cut my Dad’s hair. There was quite a disagreement after he was done as Jim wouldn’t accept payment and my Dad was adamant that he pay the usual rate. They eventually agreed to a 50% discount for the haircut. My Dad died the next day. I’ll never forget the kindness and gentleness that Jim showed to my Dad that day. He was a quality guy even though he was a Montreal Canadian hockey fan. I was so fortunate to have known Jim and called him friend.

Condolence from Brian Kirby on August 1st, 2019 7:35 AM

I began visiting Jim in 1975, being of Scottish heritage I quite enjoyed our chats and more particularly, listening to his Scottish brogue. We both cheered loudly for The Montréal Canadiens, I’d look forward to my haircuts with Jim every 3 weeks. I moved to Ottawa in 2000 however, I’d visit Calgary every couple of years and while there, would visit Jim for “The Usual”. When I’d reach into my pocket to pay him, his reply was “Your money is nae good here lad” What a fine lad he was, I’m truly saddened by his passing. My deepest heartfelt condolences to you Rozanne, Megan and Ryan. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time, may God bless. I wanted to share this poem with you,which was given to my by my wee Scottish Granny, many many years ago.


Condolence from Joanne van Tongeren on August 8th, 2019 10:19 AM

Rozanne, Ryan and Megan,

My deepest condolences on the passing of your husband and father. Jim was an amazing man with a gentle and kind spirit and always had a smile and a hug for me at curling. He will be deeply missed.


Condolence from Susan Derbyshire on August 12th, 2019 9:00 AM

Words, however kind, can’t mend your heartache, but those who knew Jim share your grief and wish you and your family all the comfort and peace of mind you need now and all the days to come.

Condolence from Bette Mitchell on August 13th, 2019 8:39 AM

Dear Rozanne and family,
My husband Phil and I attended the beautiful service for Jim yesterday but had to leave before personally giving you a hug.
I don’t have the words to express what an important man Jim was to me throughout my Highbanks journey. He came into the office almost daily to say hello, plant a joke, and leave us with a smile. He had a special place in the hearts of our young moms whose kids hair he would cut anytime for payment of a smile. For our little boys, a quick visit to the barber shop gave them a positive interaction with a magnificent man. That was truly special.
Jim’s faith was an inspiration throughout the time I knew him and both my husband and I found the service very moving. We will hold on to this inspiration as we remember Jim and hold our family close.
I have some great photos of Jim cutting our boys hair but can’t put my hands on them at the moment. When I find then, I will forward them on.
God bless you all as you move forward with life after knowing and loving a true gentleman.

Condolence from Carol Dean on September 3rd, 2019 9:29 PM

Dearest Rosanne. Only today did I hear of Jim’s passing. I send my deepest sympathies to you and your family. We all enjoyed some good times at Tall Timber and a few good drinks didn’t we!!!
When Joe was able he loved to go see Jim for a hair cut and golf talk.
He has been granted his peace with no more suffering. God Bless his soul and comfort you.
Also Ted and Shirley Nicholls asked me to pass along their condolences to you.
Be strong and find your peace in the fond memories you and Jim shared

Condolence from Dave Laporte on September 12th, 2019 5:03 PM

Hi Rozanne, so sorry for your loss. Sorry for the late message as we just found out of Jim’s passing today..

Condolence from Judi on September 13th, 2019 11:07 AM

I am so sorry for your loss Rozanne. Please know that your are in my thoughts and prayers, and that I sympathize greatly with your loss.
My regards and best wishes to your family. God Bless.

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