Jim Finch passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.
Jim had celebrated his 91st birthday on March 31, 2012.
Jim was born to Laura and Byron Finch of Emo, Ont. He spent his growing years working on the family farm.
He married Dorothy (nee Devall) in 1947.
Jim was active in the lumber camps and working for the Department of Highways. After he received his heavy-duty mechanics licence, he and Dorothy moved to Atikokan, Ont., where Jim worked in the mine.
When the mine closed, Jim went back to the bush camps to work until his retirement.
He and Dorothy retired to Emo, where they lived until three years ago. He helped Dorothy do physical tasks when she no longer could. When Dorothy moved into Rainycrest, he soon followed.
Jim was an avid gardener, and he used to bring fresh vegetables in the fall to seniors. He only stopped driving three years ago. He loved his farm and spent many hours on the land.
He was never too busy to help a neighbour. But anyone who knew Jim knew that when he was ready to leave somewhere, he just left.
He enjoyed woodworking and being part of the Masonic Lodge in Emo. Jim also was a strong supporter of education for all, and he sat on the early school boards to see that the local children received appropriate education.
He was thrilled to have two daughters go into teaching.
Jim is survived by his three daughters, Nancy and her husband, Norman Cain, of Devlin, Ont., Jacqui (Joe) and her husband, Erik Thingstad, of Ignace, Ont., and Anne Finch and her husband, Jim Parry-Hill, of Greta, Man.
He has five grandchildren, Nicole Cain of Fort Frances, Ont., Crystal Cain of Devlin, Ont., Paul Thingstad of Winnipeg, Man., Stephanie Thingstad of Pickle Lake, Ont., and Rose Southcombe and her husband, Will, of Brandon, Man.
Jim also was very proud of his two great-grandsons, Liam and Zachary Southcombe.
Jim was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy; his parents, Laura and Byron Finch; brother, Jack Finch; and sister-in-law, Joan Finch.
A private graveside service will be held in Emo Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Emo Health Centre, Knox United Church in Emo, or the charity of your choice c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com
“Dad has now warmed up. He is busy fixing the Angel’s tree farmer, or seeding that extra row of heavenly corn or shingling a roof on a house with gold from the streets of Heaven.
“There will always be someone to help.”