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James McCartney

James "Jim" McCartney

Thursday, August 17th, 1939 - Sunday, December 29th, 2019
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Obituary

Born at home in Druminis, County Armagh, Northern Ireland on August 17, 1939. Called into Jesus’ arms at Strathcona Longterm Care in Mount Forest after a long battle with Alzheimer’s on December 29, 2019.

Survived by Laura, his beloved wife of 49 years, devoted sons Robert (June) and John. Proud Grandpa to Logan and Nathan. Loving brother of George (Betty), Sandy, Eileen and Anne, all from County Armagh. Predeceased by infant sister Eileen, brother Robert (Mabel) and brother-in-law Roy Craig. Chosen brother to Jim McMurray (Lois) and loved dearly by their children. He will not be forgotten by his many nephews, nieces and cousins in Ireland and Canada.

Jim was a quiet Irishman, who loved his family, working in his gardens and in the Terry Fox garden in Fergus. He loved building and working with wood, especially when he could share these talents with others. He was a perfectionist who believed that he should “measure twice and cut once.”

He immigrated to Canada in 1967. Where he loved and appreciated his chosen country. For 32 years he was employed by the Upper Grand District School Board, for most of that time as Head Custodian of the Centre Wellington District High School.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research or St. James Anglican Church.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 3, 2020 at St. James Anglican Church, 171 Queen St. E, Fergus from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, followed by a funeral service beginning at 12:00 pm. Arrangements are entrusted with the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home. www.grahamgiddyfh.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    St. James Anglican Church
    Address
    171 Queen St East
    FERGUS, ON
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 12:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 12:00pm
    Location
    St. James Anglican Church
    Address
    171 Queen St East
    FERGUS, ON
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Ann Turner
  • Interment

    Location
    Belsyde Cemetery
    Address
    Thistle St. (off of Union St.)
    FERGUS, ON
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    Burial to occur immediately after the reception.
  • Reception

    Location
    St. James Anglican Church
    Address
    171 Queen St East
    FERGUS, ON
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Reception to occur immediately after the funeral service.

Donations

Donations are being accepted for: ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF ONTARIO.

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Deanna (Pearce) Lusby

Posted at 05:10am
My condolences Rob, to you, your mom, and your family. I remember your dad, both from CWDHS and from St. James Anglican. He was a lovely man, and such a calm, patient one, having to deal with keeping a school of 1,000+ busy active students in top shape! I don’t know he did it! Deanna (Pearce)
 
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Deanna (Pearce) Lusby Posted at 05:14am

Edit: I don’t know HOW he did it!!!
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Karen Hoover, Jerry Rogerson

Posted at 03:50pm
We were saddened to hear of Jim's passing. He was a very kind and gentle man, who made our days at Centre Wellington D.H.S. much more enjoyable. He will be missed.
Karen Hoover and Jerry Rogerson
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George Charbonneau

Posted at 01:15pm
Dear Laura & Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathies and condolences on the passing of your husband, Jim.
All of your Ottawa Valley family are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
George Royce Charbonneau and Ann Coyle
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Linda Mowatt

Posted at 09:40pm
Jim patiently trained teachers to take care of classrooms with the commitment he brought every day to maintaining each square inch of Centre Wellington District High School. Chef Mowatt and myself will always value Jim's vital role in keeping our workplace healthy and safe.

Michelle Bosko

Posted at 03:32pm
My thoughts go out to you John and your family at this difficult time.
Sending my love.
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