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"SWO" 2008 Obituary


SWORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-30 published
GRIMES, Christopher James
C. James 'Jim' GRIMES, 75, of Toronto, Ontario, Epsilon Omicron, Sigma Chi, and U.W.O. 1957 entered the Chapter Eternal on Saturday April 5, 2008. Jim was born in Elora, Ontario on November 9, 1932. He attended school in Elora and Ingersoll, graduating from the University of Western in 1957. He worked for a short period for Canadian National Railway in Montreal then moved to Toronto where he was employed at a senior level of the Ontario Government until he retired. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Ida Mary and Christopher Ernest GRIMES, and his sisters Kathleen CUNNINGHAM and Mary SWORD. He is survived by Brothers-in-law, Peter SWORD, Burlington, Washington, and John CUNNINGHAM, Sarnia, Ontario, and many nieces and nephews and their families across Canada and the United States. Jim had a special close relationship with his nephew Doug CUNNINGHAM of Sarnia who provided comfort, companionship and aid to Jim in the last few months before his death. Jim traveled abroad extensively until his handicap required him to use a motorized wheel chair and scooter, He was a prominent figure in the Annex area around his home on Tranby Avenue, sporting his favourite Fisherman's cap, driving his scooter adorned with a large Canadian flag on shopping forays. His backyard annual Canada Day celebrations became the social event of the year for Tranby Avenue residents. Jim's wishes were that no funeral service or memorial be held. Jim's ashes will be placed with his parents at the Harris Street Cemetery, Ingersoll, Ontario. Jim's true love was Sigma Chi Fraternity, He organized the restoration of the Varah Library in the Chapter House in London and served as House Corp, President, He was an active Director, Secretary and Chair of the Scholarship Committee of Sigma Chi Canadian Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded the Order of Constantine, the highest honour attainable for service to Sigma Chi. Jim's courage and indomitable spirit were an inspiration to his countless Sigma Chi brothers who will remember him as one possessed of the qualities of good character and morals, responsibility, a high sense of honour and a spirit of congeniality. We will miss you Brother Christopher James GRIMES, All honour to his name.

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