Jim McCurdy

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Peacefully, with family at his side, James Scott McCurdy of Erieau passed away on Wednesday, January 17th 2018.  Born in Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, 83 years ago, to Herbert Victor (1971) and Bessie McCurdy (Scott) (1988), older brother to Ronald Herbert McCurdy (2017).  He is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years Candace Ann (Irwin), their children Christopher (Nancy), Erin Claeys (Bob) and Kevin (Sue) as well as his eight grandchildren: Connor and Katie; Megan, Michael and Andrew Claeys; Justine, Brianne and Libby.  Also survived by mother in law Neva Irwin, sisters in law Lyn Green (Peter) and Joan McCurdy, nephew Jason Green (Cherie) and niece Sarah Jacobsen (Pat).

Jim was raised and received his schooling in Chatham.  He served in the Royal Canadian Navy (1953-58) before returning to Chatham where he worked for the T.H. Taylor Company.  Jim met Candy in 1957 and they were married in the Trinity Anglican Church at Blenheim.  Life was to continue in Blenheim for the next 35 years.  He was employed by E.M. Warwick eventually leading to a career in the seed corn business.  He became president and co-owner of the Warwick Seed Company, employing many youth with detasseling jobs.

Jim was very active in the community.  He was a founding member of the Blenheim Golf Club, president of the Kinsman Club and member of the K-40 and Blenheim Curling Club.  He was treasurer of the Blenheim Public School Board, chairman and member of the Legion Villa board of directors and a council member for the village of Erieau.  He has been an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 185 for over 50 years.

Retirement years in Erieau have been enjoyed with family and friends – life on the lake.  Jim requested a private family gathering and cremation, which has taken place.  Celebration of his life continues as we reflect on his love, compassion and kindness.  Friends wishing to remember Jim with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Blenheim Freedom Library & Military Musuem, the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 185 or the Cancer Society.

Jim’s favourite Irish blessing:

May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face.

And rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

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My thoughts and condolences to you and your family. May the wonderful memories you shared together help you all through this difficult time. Jana Thompson

Dear Candy and family, Sending you our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Love The Braithwaite family

Dear Candy, We were so sad to hear about Jim. I feel so blessed to have met you two in our life and to have had a chance to visit with you this Fall. You will be in our thoughts, and if there's anything you need, you need only ask. With love and prayers, Kara, Rod, Seumas & Niall

Sorry to hear of your loss

Candy and family: So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Cherish the memories and take some comfort from the fact that he is suffering no more pain. He will be missed.

Candy, Chris, Erin, Kevin & families: Like many others, I'll always remember Jim's easy and welcoming smile. His passing will certainly leave a void for all who knew him, but his memory will surely help to bring the smiles back. Thinking of you all.

Thinking of you all during this difficult time. My sincere condolences to you all. May all the wonderful memories comfort you . Sincerely Wendy Smith ( Vandersluis)

We are so sorry for your loss.Hold all the great memories in your hearts . Our prayers and condolences are with you all. Love, Jacquie and Phil Johnson

Erin and Family-I will always remember your Dad looking like the picture you have chosen with a friendly, smiling face. Know that I am thinking of you at this difficult time.

Erin and Family please know that I am thinking of you all at this special time. I will always remember your Dad just as this picture shows with a friendly smiling face. My Condolences

Sincere condolences to the McCurdy family. Jim was always welcoming with a smile and a laugh. I have many fond memories. Thinking about you all.

Candy, Chris, Erin , Kevin and Families, Sincere condolences to the family. May the many happy memories you shared together comfort you in the difficult days ahead. Sorry we will not be able to attend the service, but our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Peter & Linda

So sorry for your loss. Jim was such a kind gentle man who always made time to stop and chat. His smile would light up the room. Rest in peace Jim.

Candace, Erin and Chris. May you find comfort in your many precious memories. Thinking of you all. Ted and Brenda.

Dear Candace and family . I am so sorry to,hear of your husbands death . My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time . I know I,have not seen you for a long time but I remember the days we worked together at good old st Joes Sincerely Dianne

Candace,Erin,Chris and Kevin and families I wish to extend my sincere sympathy on your loss.Walt always appreciated everything Jim did for him. I am sorry I am away and will not be able to extend my sympathy in person.Thinking of you!

Our deepest sympathies Candace, Erin and Chris and families. We will always remember Jim's fun filled chuckle and smile. May he rest in peace. Prayers for you his family....Don and Anne

Candy. So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Eli and Dave.

My deepest condolences to the McCurdy Family. I have very fond memories of working at Pfizer with Jim and the crew. He was a very special man and great boss! Thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Tammy