It is with great sadness the family of Jim (Lloyd James) Lewis announce his passing on March 15, 2020.
Jim was born August 22, 1926 on the family farm near Tuberose, SK where he lived for 75 years. On October 14, 1960, he married Una Joel of Elbow, SK and they raised a family on the Lewis farm until 2001 when Jim & Una retired and moved to a house in Kyle where they lived for 16 years. From there, they moved to the Southview Apartments in Kyle. Jim moved to the Eston Jubilee Lodge in February 2019 and to the Kyle Health Centre in December 2019 where he remained until his passing.
Jim’s heart never really left the farm. Even after moving to town, he drove out often to help with projects or simply “observe”, he loved to watch the horses, the creek run and help out - especially with the garden. Jim was an avid gardener and was the “Potato King” of Kyle in 1996 and he helped with the carrot harvest when he was 92.
Jim held very fond memories of Clearwater Lake. Jim’s mother had a cabin at Clearwater Lake which the family enjoyed, so, in 1958 Jim purchased his own cabin just down the lane. The cabin was and continues to be a wonderful family gathering place. Through the years, Jim made many circles around the lake pulling his and the neighbor’s children on water skis. He also enjoyed water skiing himself and was always very proud to tell us about his “trick”.
Jim was a great community supporter and family man. He served on the District Agricultural Board, the local School Board, the Lutheran Church Council and spent many years on the Clearwater Lake Board (several of those years as Chairman). He loved to ride horses and enjoyed many trail rides, chasing cows and participated in his grandchildren’s 4-H activities. He was able to ride his horse Mickey at 89 years old. He was always interested in what fish the kids were catching and he enjoyed a good fish feed. He was a hockey coach for many years, he loved to play ball, hockey or curl and was an active participant growing up in Tuberose and he later played with the Kyle Elks Hockey team. With the help of David, he travelled from Eston Jubilee Lodge to attend the Kyle Elks Championship game in March 2019 - Jim remained an avid supporter of all the local sports activities. He was fiercely competitive and always gave his best effort at any sport he was involved in. There was never a family gathering that did not include some sort of competition! He has passed this competitive nature onto many family members.
Jim was known for his happy nature and ready smile - he loved to visit and share a laugh! Jim was a very hard worker and always liked to be doing something. Well into his eighties, he would often tire out the younger members of the family! We reminded him often we were at the lake to relax! This seemed like a waste of time to him, but saying that, he did always take time to share his interests with his family and took time to stop and play too. Many of his grandchildren will carry on his interests that he shared with them. He also loved treats, sweets and snacks and passed this love on to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren gave him great enjoyment - he loved watching all they did and was a staunch supporter of them all.
Jim was predeceased by his parents Perry & Deborah Lewis, his in-laws Tom & Kay Joel, his young sister Greta, his brothers Clarence and Donald, his brothers-in-law Don Humphrey, Bob Frame, Glenn Joel and sister-in-law Bev Lewis.
He is survived by his wife Una and his children: Sherri & Don Hodgins, David & Kathy Lewis, Brian & Vanessa Lewis and Randy & Val Lewis; his grandchildren and great- grandchildren: Rachelle & TJ Wright (Beckam & Peyton), Bryce & Rachele Lewis, Cory Hodgins & Lindsey McIntosh, Cody Lewis (Emmy & Molly), Tom Lewis, Angela Lewis, Carter Lewis, Kate Lewis, Layne Lewis, Kassie Lewis and Cole Lewis; sisters Myra Frame and Doreen Humphrey; brothers-in-law Larry & Meryl Joel and Eric & Betty Joel; sisters-in-law Bessie Lewis, Judy & Ross Reed and Nancy Joel as well as many nieces and nephews.
Jim’s family plan to have a celebration of his life at a later date. Donations in his memory gratefully accepted for the Town of Kyle Recreation Board, P.O. Box 27, Kyle, SK, S0L 1T0 or to the Kyle Senior Elks Hockey Team, P.O. Box 602, Kyle, SK, S0L 1T0.
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