PHIPPS, James Gordon (Jim)

May 23, 1955 – January 05, 2018


James Gordon (Jim) Phipps, age 62, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2017, in his home at Cochrane, Alberta, after a three-year struggle with an aggressive form of cancer. Jim was born on May 23, 1955, in Ottawa, Ontario, to Welland Wilfred Phipps and Frances (Coolin) Phipps. One of eight children, Jim lived an adventurous life and grew up in the North where his father was a well-known Arctic pilot. Among his many accomplishments, Jim was a master commercial diver and a proficient sailor. Jim inherited “Whiskey Papa,” his father’s 50 foot boat, which he lovingly restored. In his later years, Jim worked as a high-end finishing carpenter and site supervisor. He was a talented craftsman, who always strove for the highest quality. Jim loved the outdoors and engaged in many sports such as paragliding, paddling, and skiing. He will be remembered for his enthusiasm for life, sardonic sense of humor, bravery in the face of an aggressive disease, and dedication to his pets, friends and family.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, as well as by his two brothers, Bob and David. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Leslie Johnson, and by his sisters Janet (Russ Kilroy) Cassidy; Deborah (Robin) Stevenson; Brenda (Paul Rancourt) Phipps; Wendy Read, and Terri (Shawn) Lucier; and by his many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, January 14th, 2018, at 1p.m. at the Best Western Village Park Inn, 1804 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary, Alberta.

Special thanks to the staff at Tom Baker Cancer Centre, who made heroic medical efforts to save Jim’s life and to the Cochrane Home Care team who helped him live his last days in comfort.



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  1. On January 9, 2018 at 2:57 pm Linda Powell Said:

    We are thinking of you all during this very difficult time. It sounds like you will all have wonderful memories when you think of him.

  2. On January 9, 2018 at 3:45 pm Terry Roman Said:

    so sorry to hear passing of another great cousin. lots of good memories for everyone to remember a wonderful person.

    terry and family

  3. On January 9, 2018 at 4:13 pm Louisa Sudlovenick Gillespie Said:

    It was an honor to have you as my friend in our youth in Resolute Bay. I’m just sorry that I didn’t connect with you but thankful for knowing of your whereabouts of your last year. This gave me time to pray for you and make peace of your passing (still not easy but I release you). Love you Jimmy, until we meet again~

  4. On January 10, 2018 at 5:37 am Holly Said:

    Thinking of you and sending deep condolences.

  5. On January 10, 2018 at 5:57 am Delayne Bean Said:

    Sending you love and my condolences during this difficult time.

  6. On January 10, 2018 at 1:44 pm Rob and Angela Koskey Said:

    Though we knew it was coming, it is still tragically, devastating news. Leslie, we are so very, profoundly sorry for your loss. Your tribute to Jim was extraordinary and may your many special memories be comforting to you. He was a very precious friend and will be dearly missed.

  7. On January 11, 2018 at 5:12 am Terry D. Stevenson Said:

    My thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Remember that you are loved.

  8. On January 12, 2018 at 8:15 pm David and Shari Auld Said:

    Jim was a good man — we will miss him.
    All our love,
    David & Shari

  9. On January 15, 2018 at 8:14 am Glenda Magallon Said:

    Leslie, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. Please accept my condolences to you and your family and I hope that your happy memories will sustain you through this time of grieving.

  10. On January 26, 2018 at 7:38 am The Cole Family Said:

    We are so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in family and friends (Proverbs 17:17). For additonal strength, may you find it in God who cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Please accept our deepest condolences.