James (Jim) Raymond Johnston

04-Dec-1932 - 10-Jul-2020

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In Loving Memory


It is with great sadness but peaceful hearts that we announce the passing of James (Jim) Raymond Johnston on July 10, 2020.

He was the warm and loving husband of Dorothy Johnston and father to Debbie (Brent) Collins, Margie (Kris) Kowalevsky and stepfather to Tara Spicer and Jason (Lena) Spicer. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Rosanne Janvier, Mark, Daren and Amy Collins, Michelle (Stephano) Day, Kayle Kowalevsky, Ryan Johnston and Dylan Spicer; six great-grandchildren Jason, Jon, Angela, Hudson, Maelle and Keenan; two brothers, Bill and Don and extended family. Jim was predeceased by his wife Rene (2005) and his son Douglas (2003).

Jim was born Dec 4, 1932 in southern Ontario, married Rene (Martin) and moved to Alberta in 1956 along with 3 of his brothers and their families, to drive truck and help to ‘open up the west’. He loved driving and embraced the Teamsters Union, working for them in Calgary in a variety of roles from Member and Shop Steward all the way to the top office, General Secretary Treasurer of Teamsters Union Local 362.

Jim was blessed with a great disposition; industrious, kind and fun-loving which meant he made friends easily and kept them forever. He was a family man and regularly drove to visit with his widely spread relatives. He also loved gardening, snowmobiling, camping, boating, golfing, and playing cards, especially in Windermere. Later, with Dorothy, fall and winter travel to Yuma, was something he eagerly looked forward to and he enjoyed teaching Dorothy his love of golf. Jim and Dorothy made many enjoyable trips to the beautiful island of Maui. How truly blessed we were to share these special years together.

The family wish to thank Wentworth Manor (Royal Oak) Staff for all the special love and care given to Jim over the past 2 ½ years. We would also thank Rockyview ER for making Jim’s final journey so caring and peaceful. As per Jim’s wishes there will be no service.

Posted by Danielle Carr | 20-Jul-2020

Margie, so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I only worked with him a few years but always found him to be fair, upfront and honest. I hope your fond memories hold him close. Dani

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Posted by Murray McGown | 20-Jul-2020

Jim was a big part of my business life for many years. He was a faithful servant of the Teamsters union always bringing the best interests of the members to the forefront. His family should be very proud of his accomplishments. On a personal note I remember his teaching me the ins and outs of a dice game commonly referred to as B.S. Poker where almost always he and his pals took money from me. I once said it took great skill on my part to come second to a good client most of the time. His reply was: "Never let the facts get in the way of a good story". Remember him fondly.

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