JOHNSON, James Bancroft 'Jim' - Of Douro-Dummer, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 19, 2017. He was 95.
Jim was born in Toronto on November 16, 1921 to parents Chrissie and James L. Johnson. A hard worker from the start, he began his career in farming then, like many young men of his time, volunteered to join the Canadian Armed Forces. Shortly before being deployed to Europe in 1942, he met his future wife, Edna, when he asked her for a dance one night in Ajax.
After the war, Jim and Edna were married and moved to Douro to build their home and family. Jim proudly resided in that same home for 65 years. Jim worked for Wonder Bread for many years, delivering bread with his trusty horse Ted. He later worked in maintenance for the Peterborough County Board of Education before retiring in 1986.
Jim was deeply invested in his community and spent many hours volunteering. He was a founding 30-year member of the Douro Fire Department and long-time member and volunteer at Donwood United Church. After he retired, he spent many years helping seniors with yard work and selling poppies for the annual legion poppy campaign.
The Johnson household was a hub for activity back in the day, with snowmobiles zipping all over the yard in the winter, family vacations every summer and plenty of laughs and adventures. Jim loved to travel, especially with Edna. They took many trips across Canada and the United States, spent quite a few winters in Florida, and also visited Europe, once to revisit the countries he had served in during WWII.
Dear brother to Margaret Atkinson. Loving father of Greg (Faye) Johnson, Debbie (Gord) Caldwell, and the late Donnie (Shelley) Johnson. Treasured grandfather of Elise (Paul), Jessica (Dave), James, Jacob, Amanda (Brad), Zach (Kiowna), Dionne (John), Allie (Mike) and Curtis. Caring great-grandfather to Chayse, Natalie, Wesley, Waverly, Ronan, and Walker.
Predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Edna, as well as brothers Vernon and Leonard Johnson.
The family would like to extend its sincere gratitude to Laura Toms whose help and care for Jim over the past 10+ years made a world of difference in his life.
Jim will be deeply missed by his entire family, along with his many friends and neighbours. His clever sense of humour and unwavering support and love for his family and community will never be forgotten.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 23rd from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at COMSTOCK-KAYE LIFE CELEBRATION CENTRE, 356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough. A funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday, April 24th at 12 noon with visitation one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52 Poppy Fund would be greatly appreciated.