With great sadness the family of James (Jim) Keesic announce his passing on December 6, 2021. Jim was born in Red Lake, Ontario, on October 20, 1944. Jim is survived by his siblings Jessie, Robert and Mary-Jane; wife Mary of 47 years; children Gordon, Faye (spouse Roy), Steven (spouse Noemi); grandchildren Rachel (spouse Giovanni), Ethan, Hannah, Andrew, Caden, Wyatt; and great-grand children Claire and August. Jim is pre-deceased by his father in 1973, James Nataway Keesic of Lac Seul First Nation; his mother Agnes Bannatyne Keesic in 2006; and six siblings who died in infancy.
Jim was a fun, kind-hearted, hard-working faithful man who loved his wife, family, meeting new people and the Ojibwe language. Jim’s career highlights include: employed by the Ministry of Natural Resources for 13 years as a RT3, successfully graduated from Lakehead University with a B.A., obtained a Ontario Teaching Certificate, excelled as a teacher for 20 years in Ontario at Slate Falls, Sturgeon Creek, White Fish Bay and Pikangikum First Nation, was instrumental in the translation of the Ojibwe bible with the Canadian Bible Society, was a dedicated radio broadcast host with CFOB in Fort Frances and during retirement was employed at Wequedong Lodge in Thunder Bay for 14 years.
Jim’s legacy of determination and work-ethic will forever be cherished and respected. Jim’s love for his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was his greatest achievement. His life demonstrated his whole-hearted and steadfast commitment to follow the Lord.
Funeral arrangements: Monday December 20, 2021, at New Hope Church Fellowship (532 North Edward Street), Thunder Bay, Ontario. Viewing 10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. (Eastern), invite only. In-person Service 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. (Eastern), respecting/following current COVID-19 safety protocols.
Service will be live-streamed on the New Hope Fellowship Facebook page.