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James (Jim) William McGregor
April 19, 1947 ~ April 5, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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It is with great sadness that the family of Jim McGregor announce his passing on April 5, 2023 at the age of 75 years.
Jim will be often thought of and lovingly remembered by his soulmate, Pat Lambkin, son, Chris McGregor, grandson Liam, daughter, Kerry Bosch (Lloyd) and grandchildren, Luke and Abby. All of whom he loved to dote on. Survivors also include Pat’s children Wayne Seaward, Terena Seaward and Dan Seaward.
Jim was predeceased by his parents Dorothy and John (Jerry) McGregor of Coleman Alberta.
Jim was born in Coleman and spent most of his life growing up in Crowsnest Pass surrounded by the nature and beauty of the Canadian Rockies. The pristine wilderness, which Jim referred to as his back yard, was his playground where he was taught to hunt and fish. Jim would often say that he lived for the outdoors. His son Chris can still remember him saying, “Tight lines, straight shooting.”
Having a natural aptitude for mechanical and chemical engineering, Jim was hired on at an early age by a company which later became Devon Energy gas plant. Jim worked there for over 30 years.
In 2010 Jim moved to Claresholm, where he met the love of his life, Pat Lambkin. He was affectionately nicknamed, “Grumpy Bear” by his daughter Kerry, even though he had a big heart and a warm smile whenever you met him. Many favourite hours were spent out at lake Koocanusa. Where he loved taking out his boat with family and friends or just camping by the lake. When he was not out at the lake Jim had a ritual of meeting the ‘boys’ every morning for coffee in his garage. Jim had a sense of adventure, which led him to spend many winters on a snowmobile and many summers on his Harley Davidson Motorcycle. Jim was also an active member of the Freemasons for most of his adult life, following in the footsteps of his Father, Jerry McGregor.
A private family celebration of Jim’s life will be held out at Lake Koocanusa sometime this summer. Jim and his family would like to thank all his friends and neighbours for their support during the time of his illness. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for you to make a donation to the charity of your choice.