James (Jim) Lachlan MCQUARRIE

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It is with much love and sadness that the family announces the passing of James Lachlan McQuarrie: husband, father, grandpa, uncle and dear friend. He passed away peacefully after a very brief illness at the age of 89 years.

Jim is lovingly remembered by his family, Betty, his bride of 61 years; daughters Jill (Darcy Coutts and family), Lynn, and Janice (Jeff Bury); grandchildren, Daniel and Lauren Bury, along with numerous relatives and friends.

Jim was born and raised in Kamloops, B.C. and spent his working life as railroader. He enjoyed a successful career with the Canadian National Railway followed by a long and happy retirement. Jim loved the outdoors, the lake, his garden, and growing beautiful roses. He enjoyed golfing, curling, wine making, a “wee dram” with friends, and traveling the world.

Jim was a true gentleman – gracious, kind, generous and helpful to others. He was a man of faith who exemplified love, devotion and faithfulness to his wife, family and friends. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy of love. We celebrate a long life well lived!

Please join us for a celebration of his life at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 14th at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (10127 – 145 street, Edm, AB)

Memorial donations may be made to Hope Mission, Box 953 Edm, AB T5J 2L8 or a charity of your choice.

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Shawn I. Smith

Dear Mrs McQuarrie and Family – I want to pass along my sincere sympathies to you. As a friend of Mr. McQuarrie’s for many years – an annual highlight was attending Robbie Burns night with him, Keith Macdonald, and Gordon Clanachan. We always had so much enjoyment discussing baseball, Scotland, and Railroading. As a young man on the railroad I remember him as our Superintendent with the greatest respect. I was so honoured and proud to know Jim. Just the other day at Ron Bailey’s service we were talking about his days firing locomotives between Kamloops and Jasper and looking out over the Robson Valley in the moonlight, hearing the sounds of the exhaust echoing off in the distance towards Mount Robson. What great stories.

He was such a fine gentleman, I will remember Jim fondly, and miss him as well.

I will be pleased to make a donation to Hope Mission in his honour.

Shawn I. Smith
Camrose, Alberta

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