BRODIE, James “Jim” Bertram

January 17, 1926 – February 4, 2020

On February 4, 2020, James Bertram Brodie was welcomed into the presence of his Lord and Master Jesus Christ.  James, or “Jim” as most knew him, was sustained through life by a strong faith in the God who made him and in Jesus who saved his soul when at the early age of 17 Jim put his trust in God’s faithful plan of redemption.  Jim was a hardworking, honest man who dearly loved his God and family; he struggled with relationships, perhaps due in part to his rejection as a lad and his frequent moving around the country.

Born January 17, 1926 into a struggling Saskatchewan family with two older brothers, Jimmie, as he was then called, was the son of Clyde and Mabel McDiarmid.  Jimmie left home at the age of 6 and travelled with his loving Uncle Bert.  As Bert moved about the country working at various farms, Jimmie had many experiences and adventures.  In 1935, Bert found work at the farm and home of Amos and May Brodie of Three Hills, Alberta by whom Jimmie was adopted at 10 years old.  Jimmie began his formal education at Curlew School and finished at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills.

Jim worked at several jobs and learned tinsmithing in Calgary.  He married Beryl Halladay and they moved to a farm in Cochrane.  Jim and Beryl were blessed with a daughter and a son, Sandra and Paul.  Jim worked at various jobs in and around Cochrane, although most of his work was found at the Shell Jumping Pound Gas Plant.  Working hard together, Jim and Beryl developed a farm at Cochrane in 1951 and another near Sundre in 1975.  Sadly, Jim lost his dear wife in 2015 but in the ten years before his beloved wife’s death, Jim could be seen daily walking the six blocks to visit her in the Bethany Care Centre in Cochrane.  This he did faithfully no matter how inclement the weather.  Jim finished his days at Wentworth Manor (assisted living) and, most recently, at Dulcina Hospice in Calgary.  He will be remembered for his delightful sense of humour even in his last days.

Jim will be lovingly remembered by, his children, Sandra (Lynn) Pickup and Paul (Jan), granddaughters, Alaina and Tara (Travis) Coates, great-grandsons, Nolan and Riley and extended family and friends.

A private, graveside service will be held at Eagle Valley Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life open house honoring Jim will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the home of Paul and Jan Brodie, located west of Bowden.  This gathering will be from 11 am to 3 pm with light lunch provided.  Friends and family are invited to come and go as they like, visit and reminisce.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

  1. On 11/02/2020 at 5:41 pm Dave and Patricia Buckler Said:

    Dave and myself would like to extend are sincere sympathy to Sandra,Lynn and Paul and families a life well lived and the love he shared will continue in the years ahead.May the memories of both your Dad and Mom help you in the coming years.

  2. On 14/02/2020 at 6:54 am GARY KJERSEM Said:

    I always enjoyed talking with Jim, both at Jumping Pound and in Cochrane. He was always “up” and genuinely interested in how I was doing. I had the honour of working with Dick Coleman in the lab and he and Jim would have great conversations every day.

    Jim was a wonderful gentleman and my life is better to have known him.


  3. On 19/02/2020 at 6:38 pm Ellen Gawryletz Said:

    My sympathy to all the family. I have good memories of visiting Jim & Beryl on their Sundre farm. Nick had such great stories to tell of fishing trips to Takysie Lake, not just the fishing, but the long hours of travel! God bless you all, and keep you in His care.

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