It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James “Jim” Harry Coyle on January 5, 2023 after a long battle with cancer.
Jim was born in Toronto, Ontario on November 12, 1941 and lived with his mother, Eva until she met and married Ivan Coyle, who later adopted him. He was blessed with the addition of his siblings Penny, Jacquie, Connie, Candy, Tim and Sheri. He joined the Navy in 1960, and was stationed with his wife, Thelma in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His first son, Ron was born there before the family moved to BC. They had three more children, Glenn, Sean and Susan in Surrey, BC. They spent a short time with all four kids in Ottawa, Ontario before going back to BC. After his first marriage ended, Jim met and married Juanita, and over the course of their 40 years together, they lived in various towns, including Port Hardy and Tumbler Ridge, BC, mainly working in the different mining industries. They finally settled in Blairmore, Alberta where they spent their final years together. With the sudden passing of Juanita in June, 2022, his life just wasn’t the same, and he didn’t have the same fight in him. After several months with the exceptional care of the team at the Crowsnest Pass Medical Center, Jim passed away peacefully to be reunited with his love, Juanita.
Jim was a long-time member of The Royal Canadian Legion. His most recent membership was with Coleman, Branch 9, and his comrades there were kind enough to gift him with a recliner to help with his comfort. Jim always had a kind word for everyone, and his life stories were always entertaining. He was very proud of his family, calling them his pride and joy. Jim will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.
Jim is survived by his four children, Ron (Shereen), Glenn, Sean (Tammy) and Suzi (Garth); his sisters, Connie, Candy (Richard) and Sheri (Dan); his grandchildren and great grandchildren, Josh, Ben, Lacey (Adam), Jenna (Ryan), Luke (Joelle), Jasmyn (Micah), Hayley, Nora, Lydia, Finn, Owen, Logan and Rachel. Also many nieces and nephews, Tamara (James) and many others.
He is predeceased by his sisters, Jacquie (Clifford) and Penny (David); his brother Tim (Mona); parents Eva and Ivan; nephew Matthew; and his love, Juanita.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the care team at Crowsnest Pass Health and Continuing Care Center for their wonderful care of Jim during his final months, often stepping up for us when we couldn’t be there, and keeping us informed in all areas of his needs.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favourite charity. Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555
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