James Thomas Sheldon
Passed on December 20, 2021
December 6, 1948-December 20, 2021 After a courageous battle with cancer, James (Jimmy) Sheldon passed away December 20th at Stonewall Hospital.
Jimmy is survived by his brother Ralph and sister-in-law Sarah of Australia, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and too many friends to mention. He was predeceased by his brother David and sister-in-law Audrey.
Jim was born in Stonewall to Thomas and Margaret Sheldon on December 6, 1948. He was educated in Stonewall and raised on the family farm west of town. Farming was in his blood, and he spent many years farming with his brothers. He was trained as a steam fitters and spent a long career in the trade working for CP Rail, where he formed many friendships. Upon retirement from the railway, he returned to farming, working for his good friend Jack Grandmont. He was the happiest working the land, and spent endless afternoons out “crop checking”.
Since illness slowed him in 2016, his pastime became having coffee with his many friends at Tim Hortons. One of Jim’s passions was quading and snowmobiling. He spent many hours volunteering and riding with the local snowmobile club. He always had time for a ride, and recently really enjoyed riding with his nieces and nephews.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date when gathering is permitted. A private family internment will be held when Ralph and Sarah can travel.
The family would like to thank Jim’s cousin Dan Croy who has driven him to all his appointments over the last five years, and has walked the road with Jim every step of the way. Also to the many doctors and nurses at Cancer Care Winnipeg, Selkirk Hospital and Stonewall Hospital, whom he formed special bonds. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cancer Care Manitoba, 1160-675 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, Mb, R3E 0V9.
In Grade 7, Miss Podworny was giving Jimmy the strap at the back of the room for some forgotten transgression. By the end of the ten strokes, she was in tears and he was laughing. He was tough. That may have been his last day of formal schooling.
The world would be a better place with a few more Jim Sheldons in it. We will miss his visits. He kept us filled in on all the local news. His ideas and opinions gave us a lot to think about. Rest Peacefully Jim. Ruby and Doug
To the family, Sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time. Jim was a good friend and coffee buddy for years. Sincerely, Dean and Donna Couvier
Dean and Donna Couvier
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