James (Jimmy) Deschamps, formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 3, 1997 at the hospital in Kamloops, B.C.
Jimmy was born April 30, 1922 in Penetang, Ont. He served with the army during World War Two.
He married Norma Bujold in 1948, and they made their home in the area until moving to B.C. in 1983.
Jimmy worked at Mel Newman’s during the late 1940s and 1950s. He then worked for Canada Post, and was a mail carrier until his retirement.
After his retirement, Jimmy was a familiar sight at the Bonnie Blue, which he visited almost daily. He took up woodworking, and many of his family and friends have beautiful pieces of his work to cherish.
Jimmy is survived by his wife, Norma; daughter, Carolyn (Robert) Smith; and sons, Dennis (Judy) Deschamps, and Delbert (Ann) Deschamps.
He also is survived by 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Phil and Bernard Deschamps from Fort Frances; sisters, Irene Unger of North Dakota, and Theresa Deschamps of Fort Frances; and numerous nieces and nephews, who will miss their “favourite uncle.”
He was predeceased by his parents, James and Rosanna Deschamps; sisters, Hilda Ducatt, and Sister James Marie; and brother, Fred Deschamps.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1997 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Fort Frances.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.