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JAMES (JIM) H. MCGUIRK (published on June 26, 2010)



JAMES (JIM) H. MCGUIRK James (Jim) H. McGuirk of Minnedosa, MB passed away peacefully on June 16, 2010 at the Minnedosa and District Hospital after a prolonged illness at the age of 81 years. Jim was born and raised in Dauphin, MB and attended the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg where he graduated in 1953 with a degree in Civil Engineering. During his time there, he met his wife to be, Lydia Kolodinsky and they were married May 6, 1954 in The Pas, MB. Jim and Lydia took up residence in Winnipeg, as Jim started his long career with the Manitoba Department of Highways and Transportation. With the birth of sons Bryan in 1960 and Collin in 1962, Lydia gave up her career and became the devoted wife and mother. Jim and family then transferred to Selkirk in 1968 and then again to Minnedosa in 1971 where Jim eventually retired. Upon arriving in Minnedosa, Jim became active in the community, coaching minor hockey, taking up golf and being instrumental in designing the original 9' of the Minnedosa Golf Course. Among his other passions was the love of the outdoors, birdwatching, and electronic gadgets, to the point of learning how to use a computer while in his late 70s. Jim was predeceased by his father Owen, mother Jessie, father and mother-in-law Steve and Julia Kolodinsky, and wife Lydia. He is survived by his son Bryan of Minnedosa, son Collin and partner Barry of Calgary, brother John (Jack) and wife Phyllis of Salt Lake City, UT, sister Willeane of Kamloops, BC, sister Patricia (Pat) and husband Paul of Pritchard, BC; as well as numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews. A special thanks to Dr. G. Roche and the staff of the Minnedosa and District Hospital for their excellent care and for keeping Dad comfortable during his final days. In respecting his wishes, no formal service was held. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Manitoba Lung Association. Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements, 204-867-3868. An outdoor enthusiast who loved golf and most of all his family; enjoy the next 18 holes - We love you forever.


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