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MCLAREN, James White

August 3, 1936 – Glasgow, Scotland
July 21, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

James was born in Glasgow, Scotland on August 3, 1936. James trained at J and J Weir Foundry in Glasgow to become an iron moulder. He served two years in the British Army RAOC and was stationed in Europe. He moved to Hamilton, ON in 1960 and married his long time girlfriend Mae in December of that year. James raised his family in Waterdown, ON. He loved to garden and lay out in the sun. James was a long time member of The Skamper Kamper Camping Club where he made many lasting friendships. He worked more than thirty years at Ford Motor Company, Oakville and retired in 1998. James and Mae moved to Alberta in 2010 to be closer to his family. They travelled extensively throughout Canada, the USA, Mexico, and Europe. James was a very kind man with a great sense of humour.

Besides his loving wife Mae, James is survived by his daughter Laurie McLaren-Clarke of Airdrie, AB and son Craig McLaren (Michelle) of Canmore, AB, his four grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Kaileigh and Kieran Clarke, and Renee and Sydney McLaren. He is also survived by his sister Anne Jarvie (McLaren) of Calgary, AB, brother-in-law Alex Jarvie of Calgary, AB, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. James was predeceased by his parents, Thomas Davidson McLaren and Jane Chalmers McLaren, of Hamilton, ON; his older brother Thomas McLaren (Jan), of Scotland, and younger brother Robert McLaren (Joyce), of Waterdown.

James will be dearly missed by his friends and family and by all who knew him.

As per James’ wishes no formal services will be held. His family will celebrate his life by placing his ashes in Canmore at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com. Special thanks to all the nursing staff at Skypoint Nursing Home, Martendale East Wing, Calgary, for taking such great care of James.

In living memory of James McLaren, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 403-948-1100.

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  1. Darlene Stewart

    I have great memories of this lovely man. Our families were great friends and I have the best memories from camping, weddings, vacations, get-togethers and parties. I remember the Kozy Kampers were enjoying King’s Island Amusement Park and my dad, David Morrison and Mr. McLaren rode the water flume ride and Mr. McLaren’s prescription glasses blew off. He needed them, so they had to hang around the park until it closed and they drained the ride, and he got his glasses back and we could all continue on with our travels. Fun times! He will be missed. ❤️

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  2. Maggie Mortensen

    RIP Uncle Jim. My condolences to all of the family.

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  3. Florence Richard

    I am saddened to by the passing of my longtime friend Jim. Reg and I have many great memories of travelling with him and Mae. Our first big trip together after we all retired was to Europe where we spent the month of January in Spain and February in Portugal. We got along so well that there were other long term stays in Texas and Mexico. Jim always took lots of videos and after the trip made extra copies for us. We ate in lots of different places over the years but Jim was always happiest with a plate of fish and chips. Deepest Sympathy to the family.

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  4. ‘Horizons are never far
    Would I have to find them alone
    Without true light of my own with you
    I will go on ships over seas
    That I now know
    No, they don’t exist anymore
    It’s time to say goodbye
    When you were so far away
    I sit alone and dream of the horizon
    Then I know that you are here with me, with me’

    My dear friend Laurie – it is my loss to have never met your Father but knowing you………your kindness, your humour, your compassion, and, hope for the best for despite what ever life gives us – makes me feel I did know him – because he gave you all of that and you are amazing ❤️

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  5. Candy Laidlaw

    Dear Aunt Mae, Laurie, Craig and family, our sincere condolences to you all. We have a lot of great memories from when we were young, going on family outings to Bronte and BBQ’s in your back yard. Uncle Jim will be missed by all!

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  6. Clark Goodbrand

    I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of Jim we had some great days camping across the USA an Canada and parties Clark & family

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