Jim Burr passed away, suddenly but peacefully at his home this past weekend at the age of 61. Always a family man first, Jim was the most amazing and loving husband, father, and grandfather to his wife of 40 years, Marion, his four beautiful daughters, Michelle, (Jess Fry), Susanne (John Hourihan), Julie (Michael Battistone) and Alysia (David Navo) and his three delightful grandchildren, Sara, Olivia and Aaron. Jim loved nothing more than playing with his grandchildren, reminding him of the amazing years he spent coaching his girls in soccer, hockey and basketball. Jim and Marion never missed a game, recital or performance and were 100% supportive of their daughter’s hopes and dreams. Jim was a man who lived each day to the fullest, with gratitude, faith and devoted his life to helping others. Jim was the devoted son and son-in-law to Edith (Bunny) and Jim Burr; and Mary and John Vanderwielen and brother to Patricia and Brad Teeple Burr, Kenneth and Jan Burr, Hank and Kim Vanderwielen, Herb and Shirley Vanderwielen, Irene and Ron Scott, Ray and Heather Vanderwielen, Anita and Paul Hendra, Linda and Randy Grant and Janice and Jeff DeVlugt. He lived for his family and would do anything for them. He will be remembered as Uncle Jim, who was always ready and willing to lend a hand, a hug, or tell a tall tale that always seemed too good to be true by his 19 nieces and nephews and their families. Jim loved to coach, fish, hunt and spend time outdoors. We know he has spent this Father’s Day catching the big one with his dad and toasting with John, Don, Tim and Brooke up in heaven. He lived a blessed but far too short life. His huge heart served him well for his 61yrs with us. He always was quick to tell us every day how much he loved us which made us feel so special. No family could be luckier with who their husband and father was. “Go My Way” was playing in the car when Jim first told Marion he loved her. His family wants him to know we will ALWAYS “Go Your Way”. Please join us to celebrate this amazing man and honour his memory at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, from 3:30 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 1465 Lecaron Ave., on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life at Stokes Bay Bar and Grill, 485 Harbour Road at 12:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and toast Jim and share a laugh or a story about this incredible man. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Autism Speaks to support his little buddy/granddaughter Olivia (cheques only at the funeral home please).
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