James (Skip) Arthur Talbot

16-Jun-1932 - 13-Apr-2022

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James (Skip) Arthur Talbot

James (Skip) Arthur Talbot, 89, of Riverview, NB passed away on April 13, 2022, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle against recently acquired health issues.
Skip was born on July 16, 1932 to William (Art) Arthur Talbot and Ruby Christina (nee Holmes), in Truro, NS and raised in Saint John, NB. After graduation from Saint John Vocational School in 1952, Skip landed his first job at Transport Canada (then Department of Transport) as Canada’s first black Radio Operator and would later qualify as an Electronics Technician. He met his spouse Patricia Rita (nee Trépanier) in 1953, they wed in 1955. Skip had six children; Lise, Sandra, Michel, Jacques, Christine and Danny. The family moved around as Skip served at airports in Dorval, QC, Sept-Iles, QC, Goose-Bay, NL and finished his career in Moncton, NB in 1989.
Skip was determined family first man, providing for his family and giving them the life, he felt they deserved. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world, something he often mentioned. He was unendingly proud of his children, grand-children: Mélissa, Jill, Érica, Jason (raised by Skip and Pat), Jefffrey, Michelle, Angela, Jacqueline, Danielle, Xavier and Carolane; great grand-children: Isabelle and Abigail. Skip was predeceased by his parents, sisters (Donna and Ruby) and brother Clark (Veteran). He is also survived by his sister Carol (Smith).
Retirement was not a time to sit back for Skip. Immediately after leaving Transport Canada he returned as a consultant for the deployment and integration of space borne air navigational systems. Never forgetting his roots, Skip became a devoted champion for the betterment of minorities and immigrants within Canadians society. He dedicated his heart and soul to many organizations, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner’s Advisory Committee for multiculturalism, New Brunswick Multicultural Council Advisory Committee; Multi-Cultural Association of Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA), Pride of Race, Unity and Dignity through Education (PRUDE), and the Moncton Press Club.
Wanting the history and contributions of Black Canadians to be recognized, he was an avid supporter of the NB and NS Black history organizations, Canada’s black segregated No. 2 Construction Engineering Battalion during WWI, which included several ancestors. He also hosted the Elm Hill, NB annual picnic (one of Canada’s oldest black communities established – 1806) where his family had roots. Skip contributed to CBC and other documentaries based on Black History in the Maritimes and throughout Canada. 

As a youth he was a boxer and an excellent basketball player (played until he was 65) and coached in the Sept-Iles and Moncton areas. He also enjoyed volleyball and gymnastics. A life long jazz enthusiast and self-taught vibraphone player, he was involved in many music events including the Moncton and Shediac jazz festivals. Excelling as a vibraphonist, he was invited on stage to play with several renown musicians.

Most of all Skip was a wonderful son, brother, father, grand-father, great-grand father and friend to so many people. In his memory, donations can be made to MAGMA (Moncton) or Prude Inc (Saint John, NB). Should you wish to do so, you can visit their website for donation information. He will be dearly missed. A celebration of life will be held in July and more information will be made available when details are finalized.
The Talbot family would like to thank The Moncton Hospital doctors, nurses and extra-mural staff for their excellent support during our time of need.

Condolences from family and friends

Posted by Joyce and Arthur Hudlin | 06-May-2022

Skip will be sorely missed by the Hudlin Family, most especially at the French Lake Black Families Picnic. Rest in peace.

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Posted by Catherine Dallaire | 04-May-2022

Please accept our most sincere condolences. We were so very sad to hear of Skip’s passing and hope that you take comfort in the days and weeks ahead of the kind words, touching stories and appreciation shown by people that knew him and appreciated his soft spoken advice, his calm and his kindness. Catherine and John DALLAIRE

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