james carlisle 003CARLISLE, Dr. James S. “Jim”, of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at Valleyview Home on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in his 88th year.  Husband for 48 years to Dr. Johnita B. Forssberg.  Beloved father of Jim Carlisle (Susan) of Canton, MI, and Barbara Carlisle of San Francisco, CA. Proud grandfather of Leta and Melinda Carlisle.  Dear brother of David Carlisle of Markham, and Mary Jean Freebury (Jack) of Edmonton, AB.  Also remembered by in-laws, Alice and John Snodgrass of St. Louis, MO, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Born in Grande Prairie, Alberta on February 15, 1927, he was the son of the late Dr. A.M. and Jean (nee McFarlane) Carlisle.  A 1953 graduate of the University of Alberta Medical School, Dr. Carlisle practiced family medicine in Ottawa for 19 years before moving his practice to St. Thomas in 1977.  Before starting private practice, he served a year as Officer of Infant & Maternal Health for the City of Lagos, Nigeria, a position he remembered fondly.  He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas, where he was an elder emeritus and an enthusiastic member of the choir.  Dr. Carlisle was a former member of the Kiwanis Club of St. Thomas and champion of the Healthy Snack program in local elementary schools.  In his final years, Jim faced the challenges of strokes and blindness with a great sense of humor while continuing to pursue his love of history, literature and current events.  He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, children, grandchildren, entire family, many friends, and former patients.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and his remains will be returned to his beloved Alberta.  A public memorial service to celebrate Dr. Carlisle’s life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks St., St. Thomas on Friday, March 7th at 2:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Knox Presbyterian Church Music Fund or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario will be gratefully appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

Email messages of condolence may be sent to siftonfuneralhome@sympatico.ca

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