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POPPLEWELL, Jim

December 26, 1948 – Medicine Hat, Alberta
October 20, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

If I could have one life time wish, a dream come true, I would pray to God with all my heart, for yesterday and for you.

Jim Popplewell, beloved husband of Judie Popplewell (nee Vandezande) of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the age of 69 years.

He started his career in the restaurant industry (where he met Judie at A&W), then on to owning a landscaping business in Kelowna, BC before returning to Calgary, insisting Judie bring her two horses as he knew how much she loved them. This lead to the two of them building and managing a successful equestrian centre east of Calgary. A few years later, they moved to the city and among other pursuits started a record store. Later in the 80s, with the electronics industry booming, he started his own electronics wholesale business, which was successful until retirement.

Over and above work, he was always renovating and landscaping, and with Judie and family built two homes from the ground up.

Yep, “Get’r Done!” that’s how he rolled. Extremely driven, hard-working, hands-on and tough, he was a strong provider. He was perceptive like a detective and very protective which made him a great father.

Sure, we remember too his hasty impatience at times, but this was his ambitious entrepreneurial nature. Time indeed his enemy. Through various adversity he strived to be visionary, positive, humourous (like Mel Brooks), and sharp as a whip…didn’t miss much.

Although a serious introvert, he wished to be a hero as well, always scanning where help was needed for family and friends (and strangers). He had a quiet sensitive side, and was usually found hanging on the peripheral of family gatherings but was always there and often gave gifts, surprises, and one-liners as his way of participating.

His deeply empathic soul wished the best for his family, and the world, and he had a special compassion for animals who in turn provided much joy and companionship.

In retirement, he loved driving his ‘burb to Lake MacGregor and boating/fishing, working on his model trainset, having kids buzzing around; and at home enjoyed puttering in the yard, supporting Judie with her artwork, and seeing his grandkids play hockey and other activities.

He was most passionate about music – loved playing his vinyl records, watching The Voice, and other talent shows.

We value his sentimental nature so much especially now as we see all he categorized and documented about our family, and collections of coins, pins, stamps, trophies (as he was a champion bowler), and novelty phones.

Besides his loving wife of forty-nine years, Judie, Jim is survived by his daughter Debra; son and daughter-in-law Duane and Shannon; grandchildren, Lucas, Ben, Ryder, Echo and Ella; and rescue dogs Lucky and Tess. He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Ella Popplewell, brother Bob Popplewell, and his pets, Peanut, Bubba, Buddy, and Kushla.

He will be so missed by all those he spent time with. In his honour, we know he would love to see people provide random acts of kindness to their loved ones or those in need, and if you wish in lieu of flowers, make a donation to an animal rescue organization of your choice.

Funeral Services will be held at Centre Street Church (3900 2 St NE, Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Reception to follow at the church. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Jim Popplewell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Jill Vandezande :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Judie, Debbie, Duane and their families at this very difficult time. Jim was a wonderful man, brother-in-law and friend. Many fond memories of all the good times in Kelowna, Conrich, Calgary and Lake McGregor. Jim loved all animals and had many, many pets over the years. He had a great sense of humour and would sometimes surprise you with a real funny one liner leaving everyone laughing and he trying to keep a straight face. Jim will be greatly missed by all that had the privilege of knowing him.
    Don, Jill and Sarah V.

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  2. Kathie Roller-Stell :

    Jim, it’s going to be so boring calling your house without you there to give me a hard time. I will miss you forever. I will never ever forget buying stereo speakers from you a hundred years ago and going downstairs to your office where you knelt on the floor in front of the computer to print my receipt…. because your leather office chair was in total tatters after complete Jack Russell destruction and habitation. You loved your wife and family probably more sometimes than they deserved, but then again, I think that was a two way street. I’m sorry you have left us, but I will remember you to the end of my days. Hugs and tears and memories and sympathies to an amazing family that was pretty lucky to have you.

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  3. Heather Wasden :

    Judie I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I know he is going to be missed by all who knew him, my heart goes out to you and your family at this very sad time. Rob and I send you a warm hug and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  4. Rob Linn & Heather Wasden :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Judy during this difficult time of loss.

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  5. Linda Williams :

    Jim, you became one of my dearest friends, and l didn’t even know it was happening. I shall miss: the hugs whenever I visited; KFC; the morning coffees and political discussions; your generosity manifested in innumerable small but significant ways; teasing Judie; finding out where you hid the snake – and inspiring me to use stuffed snakes to scare away squirrels; your exquisite love of animals (peanuts, rescue dogs, and creative use of bubble wrap spring to mind); your BIG heart and dry humour… You warmed people like a summer day beside a lake. You made me laugh hard and always welcomed me at your home, at my home away from home. You will live on through your beautiful family. Goodbye, Jimmy, and thank you from the bottom of my heavy heart.

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  6. Deb, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Sounds like he was a terrific guy. My sincere condolences to you, Echo and Lucas, and to your Mom at this difficult time.

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  7. Deb, sending prayers and love at this difficult time. My heart is with you and your family. Sending my dearest condolences.

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  8. Cheryl Dalwood :

    Deb, sending my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take good care.

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  9. Heather Penney :

    My deepest condolences to the Popplewell family.
    Jim was a special neighbour.
    God Bless.

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  10. Diana Whitaker :

    An amazing legacy! My thoughts are with you, Judie and family.

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  11. Dear Judie, Verne and I are so sorry for your loss. May your memories continue to provide solace and comfort to you and your family.
    Much love,
    Cheryl & Verne

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  12. Jack McDonald :

    Dear Judie,
    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I want to extend my deepest condolences to you, Deb, Duane and families. I pray that God’s love will be a comfort to you at this time.
    love from
    Jack and Audrey McDonald

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  13. To Judie and family. We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We are sending you are deepest condolences to you and your family. We will truly miss our conversations with Jim when we went out to the lake. He will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you!
    Jason and Linda Bates

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  14. Norma Magnuson :

    Our sincere sympathy

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  15. Nancy Wareham :

    To Judie and Family.
    We wanted to offer our deepest condolences to you and you family. He will be missed by all. He was a great neighbor.
    Jamie and Nancy Wareham

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  16. Condolences to Judie and Family from Rodney Kuehn, an extended #2 Lake McGregor Drive neighbor.

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  17. Barry Hofstetter :

    We are sorry to hear of Jim’s passing and want to offer our deepest condolences to Debbie, Duane and you. We always enjoyed Jim’s big smile as we would wander by your cottage. He seemed to always be puttering in the garage or fussing with the yard. He would take the time to say hi and share a funny story with us. Jim will be missed by so many.

    Barry and Angie Hofstetter

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  18. Sheldon & Tanya Vetter :

    Dear Judie & Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing and we want to offer our deepest condolences. Jim was a good friend and neighbor, always entertaining to have reciprocating favors, tool sharing, and most importantly fishing stories.

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

    Sheldon, Tanya, Spencer, & Paul
    138 White Pelican Way

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  19. Our deepest condolences to you Judy and your family. How sad we are to hear of your tremendous loss. You both were great neighbors, and Jim was very helpful to me when I needed it, never questioned just always there. We will miss his advice quite humor, and above all telling stories of his family and fur babies. He has left behind a great legacy with wonderful wife Judy, children and grandchildren. The memories will carry on forever. There are no words for the loss of a precious loved one, I know Jim is now sleeeping with the Angels. Amazing man, amazing wife, amazing life. My heart is with you ❤️
    Billy and Joanne ( neighbors)

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