James Harold Hallahan

23-Oct-1929 - 03-Dec-2020

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James Harold Hallahan


Jim passed away peacefully at the Hospice Halifax with wife Elizabeth (Liz) daughter Kim & son-in-law Cyril (Pally) Fraser by his side.

Jim was born in Long Branch, Toronto; second youngest of 6 to Charlie & Marie Hallahan. He always had a love of cars & got involved in racing at the age of 19. Jim had numerous business in the Toronto area, the last was a Stubaker dealership.  Jim became a racing legend in Ontario winning many championships at Pinecrest speedway.  His late wife Lorraine also raced in the Powder Puff races. He became friends with the late Ernie MacLean & sold him his first race car.  When Ernie moved back to NB, he owned & operated Riverglade Speedway Ernie convinced Jim to come down to race his International Race every year & Jim would bring other racers with him & then stay and race at other race tracks in the Maritimes. Ivan Forbes, owned Forbes Chev Olds & a race car convinced Jim to move down to race the car and sell cars. Jim moved his family down from Ontario & established himself at Forbes Chev Olds & now Macphee Ford. He retired from racing when Jim Jr. & Debbie started racing.  His greatest loss was when Debbie lost her life in a racing accident. Jim was involved in establishing MASCAR racing in the Maritimes & was President for a number of years. Jim was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame & the Maritime Motorsport Hall of Fame. Jim & Elizabeth enjoyed travelling down south in the motorhome to various NASCAR races with Bristol Speedway being the favourite every spring. They met a lot of people of whom became friends to this present day. Mrytle Beach became their vacation home for the month of March when they sold their motorhome. Jim when in town never missed his morning coffee group before going to work. He loved going to the country to our “cottage” at West Skinners Cove & then he was anxious to get back to see the coffee group to check those lotto tickets & go to work.

Jim was predeceased by his first wife Lorraine; daughter Debbie; brothers Joe, Jake; sister Peg; brother in law Roy Davis; sister in law Carol Hallahan; brother in law Clarence Roberts & sister in law Edith Roberts.

He is survived by wife Elizabeth; daughter Kim (Cyril) Fraser; son Jimmy (Michelle); stepsons Jimmy & Kevin (Stacey) Gillis; grandchildren Reid, Mike, Jodi (Arron), Colin, Tyler, Ryan & Claire; sister Dot; brother Willie and sister-in-law Marlene (Ron) Hobley; also by many nieces and nephews in Ontario.

In keeping with Jim's wished, cremation has taken place. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no immediate funeral service. Once allowed, there will be a funeral service for family & friends and a celebration of life will take place in the spring at Scotia Speedworld.

The family would like to thank all the nurses & doctors on 4 East at Dartmouth General for the excellent care & also to the Hospice Halifax as well for the tender loving care given to Jim. Also to Dr. Wilke (Radiation Oncology) for 12 years of care, Dr. Thana (Medical Oncology) & to Dr. Oliver our family doctor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hospice Halifax, Margaret’s House or any charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.atlanticfuneralhomes.com (Dartmouth Chapel)

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Funeral Details

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    Atlantic Funeral Home

    Event Times:

    30-Dec-2020 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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Condolences from family and friends

Posted by Carolyn Vaughan | 04-Jan-2021


David and I knew Jim and his wife from church, our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

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Posted by Sharon Cain | 30-Dec-2020


To: Kim, Paly, Jimmy, Grandkids & Siblings, Please except our heartfelt condolences, Just knowing that God is comforting you at this moment, Mr H. Was so amazing, I will always remember how he made me feel like family, when I was running around the house all the time with Debbie. sending hugs Fm; Sharon, Robbie & Tee

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