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James (JR) Richardson

November 11, 2020

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JAMES (JR) RICHARDSON

With sadness we announce the passing of James C. Richardson, aged 84 years, on Wednesday, November 11th peacefully with family, at the Johnson Memorial Hospital, Gimli, Manitoba.

Jim was born in Clearwater, Manitoba August 13th, 1936 and then spent the majority of his life in Winnipeg. Predeceased by his parents Charlie and Charlotte, sister Gail Johnson and sister-in-law Pat Richardson. Jim lived his life to the fullest, told jokes, played pranks, loved to dance and play cards or any games, and he usually won! His zest for life and joyful spirit will be deeply missed by all. Jim and his beloved wife Beverly had over 61 years and only had eyes for each other. Their life was full with two children; Wendy (Andre), Michael (Nancy), his grandchildren Monica (Jared), Stasha (Jay), Sarah, Morgan (Kyle) and Carson (Quinnell). His great-grandchildren; Callia, Fintan, Max, Zoya and Mani. His brothers Mel and Brian (Dorothy), his sisters Marilyn (Murray Huff), Sandra (Don Briscoe), his in-laws Casey Johnson, Gerry Sawyer (Alice), Barb (Brian Davis), Christine (Len Kowalchuk), Chuck Sawyer (Diane). Numerous nieces and nephews who all adored him.

Jim and Bev’s love of family and travel was combined and they traveled the world with their brothers and sisters. From Europe, Alaska, China, to Australia and New Zealand. Jim also loved his home away from home, Cancun where he spent his winters with many family and friends. Jim and Bev enjoyed their cottage life Spruce Bay and Spruce Sands brought years of joy! Jim loved his job sorting mail and drinking coffee in Arnes. Jim kept to his roots by attending the Annual Baseball tournaments in Clearwater with the Johnson family. He always played golf in the Annual Pop Sawyer Open wherever it was held! Jim had a 31 year career with Winnipeg Transit, starting as a Driver and then a Garage Supervisor. He worked many late night shifts, drinking coffee and shooting the breeze with Drivers and loved every minute of it. Jim decided to retire early to spend time with his family, relax and travel. In Gimli, Jim was a part of the New Horizons Senior Center and he loved to floor curl. He lived with Bev in Rotary Towers and played Bridge regularly. Jim passed away on Remembrance Day so we will never forget and always hold him near. His spirit lives on in all of us! Thanks again to the team at the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg and the Comfort Care staff of the Johnson Memorial in Gimli.

In keeping with Dad’s wishes cremation has taken place, celebration of life at a later date. If you would like to donate in Jim’s name, his favourites were the Siloam Mission or The Interlake Women’s Resource Center in Gimli.

Condolences may be left on his tribute wall at www.gilbartfuneralhome.com.

Gilbart Funeral Home, Gimli in care of arrangements.

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