EVANS, James (Jim) Douglas

May 05, 1948 – September 21, 2019

James (Jim) Douglas Evans was born in Hamilton, ON May 5, 1948 and died in Calgary, AB September 21, 2019. Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Pat and his two sons, Rob (Jennifer) and Chris. Jim is also survived by grandchildren Ashley (Dakota), Alex, Hailey (Aaron), Nick and Michaela; great grandchildren Hunter, Sophia, Kiera, and Rylee-May; brothers and sisters Peggy Brasseau, Bob Taylor (Diane), Barb Barron (Mike), Barb Jordan, Shirley McIsaac (Paul), Bev Roy (Dave), Mike Taylor, and Cheryl Lutz (Darryl); numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Jim was pre-deceased by his father John Speers, mother Mildred Taylor and stepmother Kathy Speers.

Jim was raised in Erin, ON, where he joined the Erin Fire Department at the age of 16 and rose through the ranks to eventually become Chief.  After moving his family to Alberta, he made many friends at many places over the years.  Jim worked at McMahon Stadium doing maintenance, at Calgary Correctional Centre as a Corrections Officer, as an employee of the Medical Examiner’s Office, in town works at the Townsite of Redwood Meadows, and in road maintenance at Volker Stevin.  Jim also served with Redwood Meadows Emergency Services where he attained the rank of Lieutenant and was awarded the Canadian Fire Service Exemplary Service Medal in 1996. 

“Papa Jim” was known throughout the community as a helper to anyone in need.  He plowed driveways, gave rides, fixed cars, fed hungry people and checked in on elderly community members.  He served on the executive of the Bragg Creek Snowbirds 50+ group, where he took great joy in organizing snooker tournaments. He was a fixture at the local gas station every morning where he would have a coffee, do a crossword puzzle and “hold court” with locals stopping by to chat.  He will be dearly missed, after touching so many lives. 

Jim asked that anyone wishing to make memorial donations direct their gifts to The Society For The Treatment of Autism, https://www.sta-ab.com404 94 St. SE. Calgary, AB, T2J 0E8, in gratitude for their work with his granddaughter. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at Redwood House, 1 Manyhorses Dr, Redwood Meadows, on October 4, 2019, at 1:00 pm. 

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

  1. On 23/09/2019 at 1:39 pm Katherine Corkery Said:

    I am so very sorry to hear this news. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Jim will most certainly be missed in our community!

    Katherine Corkery and Hermann Teichtmeister, 3 Manyhorses Court

  2. On 23/09/2019 at 1:41 pm lou mercado Said:

    Rest in peace

  3. On 23/09/2019 at 1:56 pm Bridget Bennett Said:

    Rip jim, although we never met we had some laughs over the phone/Skype and on messenger, you will be sadly missed by many, your memory will always live on, lots of love from family in England xxx

  4. On 23/09/2019 at 3:16 pm Joan McQuarrie Smith Said:

    Condolences to Pat and family on the passing of Jim,! He will always be remembered by his many friends in Erin! May he rest in peace

  5. On 23/09/2019 at 3:22 pm ralph marshall Said:

    Pat sorry to hear about Jim. My prayers and condolences to you and your family. Sure makes that day in Erin 10 years ago so valuable. May God bless. Ralph

  6. On 23/09/2019 at 5:05 pm Lynne Blair Said:

    My sincere condolences Pat and to your family and friends.

  7. On 23/09/2019 at 5:08 pm Sean Mcdonald Said:

    Sorry to all family and friends for this massive loss! Had many dealings with Jim (all positive) and I wanna say he was a fantastic man. The Evans family even let me live there fir a while when I was younger. They fed me and housed me without making me feel uncomfortable at all. I will NEVER forget that. RIP Jim!

  8. On 23/09/2019 at 5:19 pm Bob Milton Said:

    My condolences to the family and friends he will the remembered by all he came into all he came into contact with. Most of all will miss his words of wisdom and his humour. RIP Jim

  9. On 23/09/2019 at 6:03 pm Paquette Brent Said:

    On behalf of Chestermere Fire Services we are extremely sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family through this tough time. He was a great man and we appreciated getting to know him.

  10. On 23/09/2019 at 8:18 pm Grant McLean Said:

    I was saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. I enjoyed many years working with him at the Calgary Correctional Centre. He was a solid team player, steady and reliable. He was a team leader in his own way. Always organizing a dart tournament or a social get together for the mates on his shift. He was a pleasant fellow to be with – always a warm smile and a kind word for all.

    Our world needs more like Jim. We will all miss him but I treasure my memories of my time with him and B Shift.

    My sincere condolences to Pat and his family.

  11. On 23/09/2019 at 9:50 pm Linda Hobson Said:

    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My very sincere condolences go out to the whole family. I did not know Jim well but always saw him around the community and knew that he was involved in so many community things. He had a friendly smile whenever I saw him and was always helpful. He will be missed indeed.
    Thinking of you Jim. Linda

  12. On 24/09/2019 at 8:43 am Sharlene Lee Wilson Said:

    Pat Sorry to hear about Jim He will be missed My Parents Gord and Mearle Lee and my Sister Michelle Lee send there Condolences to you and your Family as well, Jim RIP

  13. On 24/09/2019 at 9:03 am Erin Firefighters Association Said:

    The ERIN firefighters extended our condolences to the Evans family. Jim was our Chief, mentor and friend. His picture remains on the wall to remind us of the great men and women who developed our fire service into the fine and respected department that continues today.

  14. On 24/09/2019 at 9:09 am Arlene & Dick Sparrow Said:

    Pat so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  15. On 24/09/2019 at 11:08 am Michael Crowley Said:

    So sorry to hear the terrible news Cancer sucks Jimmy the gentle giant god bless

  16. On 24/09/2019 at 1:12 pm Pat & Lois Matthews Said:

    Pat and family, Lois and I are so sorry for your lose. Jim was a great guy and you and him always made Lois and I feel like part of the correctional family. Our thoughts are with you all.

  17. On 25/09/2019 at 12:35 pm SUSAN PEAVOY Said:

    Pat, Rob, Chris and family, you are all in our thoughts and our prayers. We love you all so much and certainly feel the pain of your loss. Losing Jim is like losing one of our own, we will all miss him terribly. Sending you big hugs and love to all of you from our entire family.

  18. On 26/09/2019 at 8:35 am Brian Hodgkins Said:

    Our sincere condolances to Pat and family. Jim was a great friend, quick to laugh and even quicker to support when he saw the need. Jim had many stories and tales about the varied stages of his life that kept us entertained. We will miss having Jim in our life and he leaves a big hole.

    Brian and Gayle Hodgkins, Bragg Creek

  19. On 26/09/2019 at 12:34 pm Chief Ross Tustin Said:

    On behalf of the Essa Fire Department, please accept our deepest condolences for your loss.

  20. On 27/09/2019 at 9:36 pm Garth Rabel Said:

    Rob….on behalf of the members of the Airdrie Fire Department our heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  21. On 30/09/2019 at 2:54 pm Brian Hebbes Said:

    Pat Rob and Chris …. On behalf of Barb and I , we would like to send our deepest condolences on the passing of Jim.
    Whimpey was a close friend of ours as we grew up in Erin and progressed through our misguided youth.

    There are many memories that come to mind, and they were all special.

    Take care.

  22. On 01/10/2019 at 6:04 pm Annamarie Holtom Said:

    Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. I am two years older than’Jimmy’and can remember him when he was only four years old. Although I haven’t seen him for many years, I have followed both of you on Facebook and I see from his obituary that he was a well-loved member of your community. He was always such a nice guy.

    I share in your sorrow.

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

    Big hugs,

  23. On 03/10/2019 at 6:21 pm Kimmy Said:

    I truly wish I could be there with you to celebrate Jim’s life and to give you all the comfort you need I am so thankful that you both came Brampton! I will cherish that visit always❤️ Thinking of you all tomorrow Love you

  24. On 04/10/2019 at 11:20 am Fred Smith Said:

    Pat, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your partner in life. Having gone through the same ordeal I can certainly understand the hurt you must feel. My condolences to you and your family.

  25. On 09/10/2019 at 8:49 pm Vivian Luoma and Darreld Shepel Said:

    Our heart goes out to you and your family. We will fondly remember Jim’s humor and all the times he made Darreld and I laugh. Both of you have given so much to Redwood Meadows, and we thank you.

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