Flynn PaperFrame copyFlynn, James “Jim” Nelson

A resident of Wheatley, Ontario and formerly of Sarnia passed away Friday, June 28, 2013 with his loving partner June Gordon by his side. Dear brother of Peter (Carolyn) the late Margaret Ann (1940), Robert (2009) and wife Marilyn. Special friend of Laurie, Jane, Sheryl and John and “Grandpa Jim” to Madelaine and Garnet. In 1952 Jim joined the Sarnia O.P.P. He served his community for 35 years, with 24 years in the identification branch. He retired as Chief of Police in 1987. At 13 years of age Jim bought his first camera. Photography became his solace throughout his police career and his true passion in life. Over the years, Jim’s photos regularly appeared in numerous magazines, books, displays and exhibits. Although he loved photographing all aspects of nature, it was his skill, stealth and patience photographing birds that set him apart. Jim just didn’t spend his time taking photos, he always took time to help and mentor young photographers. The love of nature and photography took Jim to Point Pelee National Park, which he continued to visit for 35 years. Jim selflessly volunteered his time and skill and today his photos are found throughout the Park’s exhibits and publications. Jim also donated his images to ERCA and other organizations that focused on youth and the environment. All who knew Jim and loved him will feel the loss, but what a legacy he leaves with countless images and the young photographers to help follow in his footsteps. At Jim’s request cremation has taken place. As a life member of the Shriners, it seeems fitting that those who wish to make a donation in memory of Jim do so to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 1529 Cedar Avenue, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1A6. Friends may send condolences at

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