James Elvin “Jimmie” Gustafson, 77, of 301 Butler Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, following a long struggle with Alzheimers on Monday, July 26, 2010.
Jimmie was born Sept. 19, 1932 in Fort Frances to the late Folke and Laura Gustafson.
In his early years, he worked in the bush alongside his father. At the age of 17, he began work in the paper mill, where he was employed as a proud paper-maker until his early retirement following 39 years of service.
On July 5, 1958, Jimmie was united in marriage to Barbara Ann Nadon. During the next years, they raised their six children.
Jimmie was a wonderful and proud father and grandfather to his children and grandchildren.
Over the years, Jimmie built a cabin on Red Gut Bay in a secluded part of the lake. Much of his vacation and retirement years were enjoyed with his family at the cabin.
Jimmie also had a passion for the lake area, where he loved fishing and hunting.
Jimmie was an honest and very hard-working man, and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
He was predeceased by two children, Curtis and Bradley Gustafson; one brother in infancy, John Oliver Gustafson; one sister, Gloria Loney; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Jimmie is survived by his wife, Barbara Gustafson of Fort Frances, Ont; four children, Craig Gustafson and wife, Suzanne, of Mine Centre, Ont., Kim Wilson and friend, Les Waltz, of Windsor, Ont., and Kristine McCaig and Jennifer Gustafson, all of Fort Frances, Ont.; and eight grandchildren, Kurtis and Blake Gustafson, Samantha and Albert Wilson Jr., Katie and Billy McCaig, and James and Jacob McKee.
Also surviving are two brothers, Raymond Gustafson and wife, Jackie, and Rudy Gustafson and wife, Joan, all of Fort Frances, Ont.; two sisters, Audrey and husband, Clarence LeForte, of Winnipeg, Man. and Janice and husband, Bob Munn, of Picton, Ont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service to celebrate Jimmie’s life will be held Friday, July 30, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, with Fr. Francis Pudicherry officiating.
The pallbearers will be Greg Gustafson, Ed Haglund, Ray Coran, and Reno Coran.
The honourary pallbearers will be his close friend, Al Heskins, and his previous co-workers at the mill.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Alzheimers Society of Kenora/Rainy River District, P.O. Box 837, Kenora, Ont., P9N 4B5, Rainycrest Family Council at Rainycrest Long-Term Care, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3T2, or c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, ON., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com