James Brian McCurdy

James Brian McCurdy

Passed on June 26, 2020

May 2, 1946 – June 26, 2020                     It is with deep sadness we announce that James Brian McCurdy passed away June 26, 2020. Jim was predeceased by the love of his life Frances (Baraschuk) in 2016 and leaves to mourn his daughter Darci (Rick), son Garth (Kristin) along with his grandchildren, Rachael, Kaitlyn, Austin, Melody and Alaynna. Jim was born in Winnipeg to a large family which included 4 brothers (Rudi, Ed, Alan, Bruce) and 3 sisters (Dolly, Heidi, Diane). Jim grew up in south Winnipeg until his early teens when he decided it was time to try to make it on his own. He held down numerous jobs before settling into working in the printing industry. Jim married Fran in 1968 in Winnipeg and started their life together in St. Vital before moving to Stonewall around 1975 where they spent 33 years raising their family. Jim and Fran spent time camping, bike riding, hanging out at Kinsmen Lake and spending time with his close friends on Shady Lane. They met some of their lifelong friends there and continued to stay in touch over the years. Jim and Fran decided to downsize once the kids had moved out and moved to Winnipeg to the Courts of St James in 2008. Even though they moved to Winnipeg, Jim remained employed at the local lumber yard helping people with their projects. It also allowed him to stay in touch with his friends from Stonewall. They continued to stay in touch with their Stonewall friends and were able to make new ones in the community in Winnipeg. After Jim retired, they would make daily visits to the Salisbury House or Perkins restaurants every day having breakfast and coffee with neighbors talking about all the important things retired people do. Jim followed his brothers lead and spent most of his work life in the printing industry. He spent the bulk of his years at Public Press on Ellice and King Edward producing such things as the Cattleman and other UGG publications. When it was sold in the late 1990’s Jim took some odd jobs before finding a new career at Jostens Canada where Fran had been working for many years. Jim and Fran got to spend all their time together commuting, having lunch and working side by side until they retired. Jim was an avid reader and loved mystery, spy novels and most anything he could get his hands on. He was also a very big movie and TV fan and was always the first to try new technology, like the 10-foot satellite dish in his back yard that brought hundreds of options for them to watch. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic team along with the Winnipeg Police Service. Your compassion and actions were truly appreciated. Due to current Covid-19 regulations a private service will take place in the coming days. Should you wish to view the service virtually, please contact 204-771-0524. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Manitoba Lung Association.


Thankyou Jim for the many lively conversations and keeping all of us on our toes,especially liked it when you would give me the gears. You will be missed.Rest in peace. Staff at Dollarama courts of st.james.

Donna Scott

Sorry for your loss Darci and Garth and families. I worked with both your parents at Josten’s. Take Care and keep the memories of your parents close to your heart.

Charlotte Leclaire

It was a great honour to have worked with them both at jostens sorry for your loss Darci and Garth and your familys GOD BLESS

Dolly Jensen

Sorry for your loss Darci & Garth and family. I worked with both your mom & dad at Jostens and Tracy and I would always see them walking around on Quarry Days. RIP Jim. Cathy & Tracy Wiwchar

Cathy Wiwchar

My condolences & prayers goes out to the family. I had the honour of working with James and Fran at Jostens. Both wonderful people.

Jeff Aquino

So sorry for the loss. I first met Jim 40 years ago when he hired me as a typesetter at Public Press and guided me to journeyman status. We later worked together at Jostens for another 15 years. He was a quiet guy with an enormous amount of knowledge and one of the nicest people I have ever worked for.

Lee Wilson

So sorry for your loss. Sending virtual hugs to Garth Kristin & the girls

Joan klamot

We send our heartfelt thoughts, prayers and condolences to Garth, Kristen, and family. So sorry for your loss. Keep the good memories close. God bless.

Rob and Sandra Ruiters

My heart goes out to Darci and Garth and their immediate family. Jim was an amazing brother and his passing takes a large piece away from me. His kindness will always be remembered and what he taught me is a part of who I am today. He left a great legacy in his wonderful children Garth and Darci. You will be missed Jim - you left us far too soon.

Diane McCurdy

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