James Edward Major passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.
He was born in Winnipeg, Man. and would have celebrated his 90th birthday on May 20, 2018.
Jim attended school in Dryden, Ont. and began working for Ontario Hydro at Red Lake in 1947. After working in Red Lake and the surrounding area for 25 years, he transferred to Fort Frances, Ont. to work on the line crew and in the stores until his retirement in 1986.
He was a member of the Ontario Hydro 25-year club.
He was baptized in the United Church but later confirmed at St. John's Anglican Church in Fort Frances, where he became a regular member of the congregation.
Jim was an active member of Granite Lodge #446GRC and the Border Shriners, and was a life member of Ledger Preceptor #70 Fort Frances and a Grand Officer in the Knights Templar of Canada.
He earned his amateur radio licence in 1992 and joined the Rainy Lake Amateur Radio Club, where he served as president for three years. He enjoyed attending the monthly meetings and especially enjoyed the annual Camp 807 weekend, where he shared fellowship and information with fellow radio enthusiasts.
In later years, he spent many happy hours listening to his radio and working on his computer in his radio shack.
Jim especially enjoyed road trips and camping at sites in provincial and state parks in Canada and the United States. It was important to Jim to keep in touch with his family and friends, and endeavoured to travel to his family's homesteads in Wellwood, Man. and Fawcett, Alta. and to his parents' gravesites at Carberry, Man.
Attending Major/Bell family reunions was a great joy to Jim and like his father, he knew everyone's names, especially those of the children.
After moving to the Golden Age Manor in Emo, Ont. in 2004, he spent his summers at the Parkview RV near Nestor Falls, Ont. He loved to spend his time sitting on the deck reading and watching the pelicans skimming along the top of the water.
Jim was a loving, supportive husband; our friends nicknamed him “PJ” for Patient Jim. He had a great sense of humour and amazed everyone with his quick wit and comebacks.
Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with dementia in 2013 and lived at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances until his passing.
Jim was predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth (Betty); brother, Bob; and his parents, Mae and Edward.
Left to treasure his memory are his wife, Merna; sons, David (Mary Jane) and Tom (Lynn), Patrick (Cheryl), and Christopher; daughter, Vicki; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Jessica, Jenna (David), Cameron, and Lindsey (Shannon); great-grandchildren, William, Marcus, and Melissa (Mike); sister-in-law, Jean; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday April 5, 2018 at 2 p.m. at St. John's Anglican Church in Fort Frances, with Rev. Canon Doug Greig officiating.
Interment will take place in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances at a later date.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the St. John's Anglican Church in Fort Frances or the Sick Kids Shriner's Hospital c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.