Jim Hall

Jim Hall

March 31, 1937 – November 24, 2022

As published in the December 19, 2022 World-Spectator


Jim Hall went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 24, 2022. He was born March 31, 1937 on the family farm where he lived and farmed until his retirement in 2001.

His father was sick for many years so Jim and his brother, Bob, had to take on adult responsibilities at a very young age. He was working in the field when he was seven years old. He hated school with a passion so got very little formal education. The teacher told him if he had been in mechanics school that he would be at the top of his class.

Jim and Marie farmed, milked cows and raised cattle, pigs and chickens and then later on grain farmed. He was very meticulous in his work and could fix anything to perfection, so he became the neighbourhood mechanic, welder, and body man. He built a flat deck trailer with an idea, not even a diagram, and it is still being used today. He also trucked grain, cattle, and machinery. He owned a Cat and pushed bush. He always had a project to work on. He restored several tractors and a 1949 truck. For a few years he plowed snow for the snow club.

In January, 1960 he married Marie White and they welcomed three children into their lives—Kevin 1964, Linda 1965 and Darryl 1968. He taught the children good work ethics and they all worked together on the farm. He also enjoyed skidooing, camping, fishing, playing cards and dancing. The house was always full of kids of all ages and the boys spent many hours in the shop with Jim.

Despite many surgeries over the years and failing health Jim persevered and always maintained a positive attitude. You could tell he was feeling better if you saw him in the coffee shop. He enjoyed his regular trips for coffee and catching up on the news.

His greatest delight was when the grandchildren started arriving. He cherished them and now the three great-grandchildren! Two grandsons were fortunate enough to take fishing trips to Slave Lake and Deschambault with their grandparents. Give a child $5 and they remember it for a day. Take them fishing and they remember it for a lifetime.

When camping became hard because of age and ailments the children and grandchildren returned the favor and took the parents/grandparents camping and fishing. Lots of memories were made with family and friends in the circle at West End in the last few years.

Jim and Marie travelled to B.C., Alaska, Newfoundland, took 18 trips to Arizona and cruised to Acapulco, Mexico.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, his mother-in-law Alice, his brother Bob, sister-in-law Marie, and his brother-in-law Derrick McGonigal. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife Marie, son Kevin, daughter Linda (Troy), son Darryl (Camilla), grandchildren Justin (Ashley), Cheyenne (Brayden), Riley, Brayden (Brittany) and great grandsons Colt, Jed and Carter. Brother-in-laws Harold (Sharon), Alec, James, Earl, sister-in-law Mary and many nieces and nephews.