James LaPier, known to family and friends as Jim, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2019 at the age of 88 years.
Jim was born February 26, 1930 and his life was well lived and he was well loved. This generous, light-hearted and loving man will be greatly missed by his life partner Ilse. The two of them built the farm where they lived together into what it is today. Some of the best moments of Jim’s life were spent on their property surrounded by family and friends. Jim will be missed by his children and their spouses Joanne & Tom, Robert, Michele & Brian and Glenn & Lynda.
Jim loved his family. He was proud and honoured to be the father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his family. He has been an important presence in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He is a proud grandpa and Papa to Jennifer, Paul, Lisa, Lori, Sam, Casey, Max and Ben and he cherished being a great-grandfather to Jacob, Darla and Talyn.
He is lovingly remembered by his brothers and their spouses Herb & Fran and Bill & Lorene, sister Shelagh and is pre-deceased by his brother Phil. The brothers enjoyed many golf games together, along with cousin Vern, and meeting up for lunch and a drink.
Friends and neighbours will remember Jim as a selfless and caring person who was always there to lend a helping hand, from shoveling snow, to plowing their fields, to lending them anything they may have needed from his abundant inventory of tools in his garage.
During his life, Jim enjoyed countless fishing and golfing trips with his buddies. He spent much of his time working around his property, helping around the neighbourhood, watching sports with Zeke, and having Sunday dinners with family. In his later years, he loved to talk and recount stories over a drink of rum and apple juice and would always invite you to “get yourself a glass!”
Jim was known for his long time service and volunteer work as a founding member of the Oakville Rod and Gun Club and as a long service employee with Gulf Canada in Clarkson.
When you think of Jim, celebrate the good memories you have of him. If you have any photos or stories you would like to share, we would love to see them. You can post this on the memory wall (click "Memory Wall" above).
A private cremation is being arranged by McKersie & Kocher Funeral Home in Milton. A “Celebration of Life” will be held at a later date for close family members in lieu of services.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Canadian Cancer Society “in memory”.