Dennis James Whapham
Passed on February 2, 2022
Aug. 7, 1952 – Feb. 2, 2022 Heaven gained another great ball player, race handicapper, and general good guy when Jim passed away suddenly on February 2, 2022.
Jim was predeceased by his parents and his sister Judy Morris. He is survived by partner and best friend Bev, mother-in-law Marion, son Jeff (mother Sharon, wife Chantal, daughter Zena), brother Al, brothers-in-law Wayne, Bob, Ken (Francine), Russ (Laura), sister-in-law Tracy (Todd), nieces and nephews.
Jim was born in Lethbridge, spent his youth in Belle River, Ontario, and then his adult years in Winnipeg, MB. Jim spent the majority of his working career with the City of Winnipeg and then in ‘retirement’ held jobs with MTS and Standard Aero. These last years he worked for Equal Opportunities West. This position was one he loved very much; being with everyone at the agency brought him joy.
You may have known Jim by a different name! He was known as Spyder, James, and Jim. No matter the name, he enjoyed his connections to various ball teams (Rib Shack, Classics, Manitoba Speed). Jim was a skilled pitcher, and a keen strategist when coaching.
Jim had a second home at Assiniboine Downs, and valued his many friends (brothers) and fellow handicappers there.
Jim loved to chat and banter with people; he knew how to work a crowd, family gathering, or party, and would do his best to get folks laughing with his famous jokes. You are likely able to imagine Jim’s delivery followed by his own laughter.
Jim kept various notes (horses, NFL picks, jokes) and one highlight was this poem he saved.
Friendship is a chain of gold Shaped in God’s all perfect mold. Each link a smile, a laugh, a tear. A grip of the hand, a word of cheer. As steadfast as ages roll, Binding closer soul to soul. No matter how far or heavy the load, Sweet is the journey on friendship’s road.
Following Jim’s wishes, no formal service will be held.
Sincere Sympathy Bev ❤️
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