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SULLIVAN, James Joseph “Jim”

April 18, 1926 – St. Catherines, Ontario
September 3, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Jim Sullivan of Calgary passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018 at the age of 92 years.

Jim grew up and attended school in St. Catherines. In December 1944, he joined the Canadian Army. Jim served with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals until 1946, whereupon he went into Civil Engineering, graduating from the University of Toronto in 1952. Jim moved to Calgary in 1952 and started his career with Gulf Oil, where he held several positions, most notably in drilling. Eventually his career brought him to Unocal (Chevron). Jim was in charge of drilling operations in Canada until his retirement in 1986. He was a lifetime member of APEGA. Jim was active in many sports but his true love was with rowing, as he was an accomplished world class rower. Joan and Jim enjoyed golfing and skiing together. He was a member of the Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club since 1957. Jim was also a member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic society. He and Joan loved to travel and enjoyed many nice trips around the world together. He was proud to have assisted with transportation issues during the 1988 Olympics.

Jim will be remembered fondly for his Irish humour and love of life.

Jim is survived by his step-son, Greg and his wife Diane of Vernon, BC; sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Jim Minards and nieces, Joey York, her husband Bruce and Susie Giganti, all of St. Catherines, ON.

Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife Joan Sullivan.

At Jim’s request, no Funeral Services will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through Jim supported the Calgary Zoo, CPO, Heritage Park and the Kidney Foundation to name a few. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Jim’s honour may be made to any of these organizations that Jim supported.

In living memory of Jim Sullivan, 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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  1. Doug and Bonnie Scabar

    Greg and Diane –
    Sending love and hugs to you as you remember your Stepfather.
    Doug and Bonnie Scabar & Family

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  2. Sad to learn about Jim’s passing. Enjoyed many rounds of golf with him at Canyon and Spokane and Whitefish and many laughs. He was a great guy and he will be missed.

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  3. Cindy Anderson and Brian Dick

    Greg and Diane
    We remember both Jim and Joan so fondly. They had such warm hearts and over the years, as our children grew in Calgary, we spent many enjoyable times with them. At the end of Halloween trick or treating the kids loved to come over to Jim and Joan’s and dump out all their candy on their living room floor and show it to them. Spending time with them watching sports on TV and many dinners were other special memories we will have. Jim was a gentle soul and great to talk to. Hugs to both of you.

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  4. To Greg and Diane
    We returned to Calgary to learn of Jim’s passing. When I last visited him at Fanning he was his usual alert and dry witted self accepting of his condition and thankful for the attention he was receiving there. Conversations as usual were of his past exploits as an engineer in Hamilton and then later in Alberta i the oil sector. He had some firm opinions on our changing society and where improvements should be made soon. We will now have to rely on our memories of pleasant times.

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  5. To Greg and Diane

    I fondly remember Jim and his visits to your Mom in Calgary before they married and then when he visited in Whitehorse while on business trips. He was a kind, loving man with a great sense of humour. I will treasure the many memories

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