1935 - 2020 | Sheffield
Jim was a character. Full of life even in his 80's. He loved his holidays abroad, the visits to the pub meals with his companion Judy, drinks with his mates at his local, and catching up with his family. His outlook on life was to get on and enjoy i…
Jim was a character. Full of life even in his 80's. He loved his holidays abroad, the visits to the pub meals with his companion Judy, drinks with his mates at his local, and catching up with his family. His outlook on life was to get on and enjoy it! Jim was a keen and talented footballer in his earlier years. A good cricketer and Sheffield ‘Star’ walker. He worked down the mines, changed jobs to the steel works and then self-employment, after Margaret Thatcher curtailed many jobs round here in the 80's. He set up one of the first video rental businesses and moved into Race-nights providing entertainment, and helping clubs and groups to raise their own funds! He was a volunteer himself, he joined the Mines Rescue in the pits, he became a union rep speaking out against unsafe mining practices. In the steel works he couldn't believe they didn't have a first aid box following accident and ended up setting a union branch up again to protect his workmates. Outside of work he helped run with others St Patrick’s football club in Sheffield with several teams, men’s and junior teams. Jim looked after his wife Doreen when she fell ill with MS, and this was far from easy with some difficult latter years. Jim loved to travel, getting the bug from his Dad. There were many other holiday adventures including the one to Rome with Doreen in her wheelchair. We joked did you meet the pope when they got back and he said yes and produced the picture, he got chatting to a priest, like you do near the Vatican, who arranged the opportunity! Jim was always there for everyone, the kids and grand-kids. He was always open to new adventures, and encouraged all of us to make the most of life. In his 70's, after Doreen passed away he went to see Mick (his son) in Australia. At 84 when his grandson got his pilot license, he got in a 4 seater plane to fly with him. No mean act to actually get in to the plane without breaking the wing, but no hesitation to fly with a smile on his phone! As a family we couldn't be prouder of Jim, he will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. So raise a glass to Jim on his latest adventure. We're sure he would enjoy that. Life is for living he would no doubt say and he certainly did that!
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Rest in peace Jim _ sleep tight _ God bless
Love you Dad you were an Inspiration to all of your family and friends. I will miss you dearly.
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Such happy memories of our two families spending early years time together - picnics, holidays, football and cricket matches, Clumber Park, Chatsworth and get togethers at each others' houses. Jim was 'Uncle Jim' to me and one of my dad's bestest friends, as well as a partner to my mum in their latter years. Hope you're enjoying a nice glass of red Jim - cheers!
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Many thanks for all the support given to Dad both in his stay in the hospice to improve his pain relief, and for the marvellous support from David, Helen and the other community nurses and doctors in his final days at home. Without that support to Dad and the family it would have been much more difficult. You do a fantastic job, thank you.
Heartfelt condolences to all who knew and loved him.
My first memory of my dad's adventurous spirit was a trip abroad flying from Birmingham in the mid 70's. On the actual plane before take off, Dad remembered he forgot his camera, so he nipped back to the car. I think Mum was having kittens whether he make it back on the plane but he did with none of the security to worry about that we have now. When I was 12, Dad persuaded Mum to let me travel alone to his brother, Arthur and his family in Canada for the summer holidays. What an experience for me as we moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver through the Rockies when I was there.
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