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James (Jim) Wilson Armstrong
December 30, 1931 ~ October 23, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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With deep sadness, the family of James (Jim) Wilson Armstrong announces his passing on October 23, 2023 at Kerrobert Hospital.
Jim was born in Kerrobert on October 30, 1931 to James Glasgow and Mary Eva (Machan) Armstrong . He attended school in The Brick School House in Kerrobert, and went on to work for the CPR. In 1957, he married “The Girl Next Door” Margaret Sanderson and they moved into their forever home on Alberta Avenue. Early in his work career, Jim became The Town Foreman for The Town of Kerrobert, and was a frequent site driving slowly down the streets in the town truck with his pipe in his mouth.
Both Jim and Margaret were members of the Kerrobert Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs, and spent countless hours volunteering and fundraising to support community projects. Highlights of his Kin career included the opening of the swimming pool in Kerrobert and being part of Ted Sample’s District Council in 1967 along with Don Bick, Mervin Norris and others. After Kinsmen, Jim continued with K-40’s and many a tale were told over a glass of rum.
Jim had a keen interest in all things ‘TRAIN’. As a young man, he did work for Canadian Pacific railways but his dream of being a railway engineer was thwarted by vision that did not meet the entry standards. Still his train passion remained, and many days he was seen parked by the railway station or with his binoculars at Pioneers Haven watching the trains go by.
Throughout his life, Jim was an avid woodworker, and together with his father, he built the house that him and Margaret lived in, along with a new addition in the late 1970’s. He always had a project that he was working on from tables to blanket boxes and toys for his grandchildren, he loved to tinker in his shop. Jim also loved to camp and fish. Over the years, they had holidays in every province and territory in Canada, and enjoyed a cruise to Alaska. After his retirement, summers were spent at Green Lake in the trailer fishing to his heart’s content.
Jim is predeceased is by his parents and siblings Rose, Eva, Marjory and Bob as well as his wife Margaret. He is survived by his children Sharon, Jim and Lawrence (Connie) and grandchildren Taylor and Evan.
The family would like to thank his second family at Pioneer Haven as well as Home Care staff for their care and support; along with the doctors and nursing staff at the Kerrobert Hospital.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Kerrobert United Church on Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 2:30 p.m. Family and friends are invited for coffee and lunch following the service in the basement of the church. The service will also be streamed on the United Church’s website for those who are unable to attend. Inurnment will follow at a later date.
Donations in Jim's memory may be made to Pioneer's Haven with information how to donate below.