James (Jim) Arnold Wilfley passed away peacefully, at home, on Friday, March 7, 2008 at the age of 81 years. Jim was born in Portland, OR on September 2, 1926.
Jim’s boundless energy, enthusiasm and positive outlook ensured he accomplished many great things in his life. But if you asked him what he was most proud of, he was sure to say ‘his family’. He liked nothing more than to spend time conversing with family and friends about any topic under the sun, but especially about what the kids were up to, business and politics. Jim was raised by his grandparents JC and Minnie in Brooks, AB, where he excelled in school and sports, notably hockey and baseball. After Jim graduated from Brooks High School he completed a two year diploma program at Olds Agricultural College. Jim had great success in his careers with Massey Ferguson and Atco before founding Lakeside Farm Industries (Brooks, AB) in 1966. Inside of five years Jim and his partners had grown Lakeside Feeders into the largest feedlot in Canada, and for the next twenty-one years they continued to expand and innovate. Jim also found time to establish and nurture two family enterprises in Windermere, BC that provided endless enjoyment because of the opportunity to work along side his children. The cabin at Fairmont, BC, and watching his grandkids play sports or instruments were special to Jim. He enjoyed golf with the family at Windermere, Earl Grey and Arizona in his retirement. Jim did have a great life with many adventures and accomplishments, but he knew that what made his life truly special were family and friends.
Jim will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Gail, of fifty-two years; his children, Susan (Dan), Doug (Fiona), and Bryan; his grandchildren, Lana, Drew, Holly, and James; and his sister Shirley of Medicine Hat, AB. Jim was predeceased by his sister Joyce (Ken) of Colorado.
Jim’s wishes that there be no services will be honoured. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice. The family wishes to thank the palliative home-care team for their support.
In living memory of Jim Wilfley, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W., Calgary, AB. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.