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Peacefully passed at his home in Barrie with family by his side on Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 at the age of 72 years. Beloved husband of Theresa for 50 years (née Vander Kruys). Loving father of Sean (Shona) and Matthew (DeAnna Murphy). Proud grandfather of Kyle and Kaylin and great grandfather of Alice. Dear Son of Bob McRae and the late Nellie McRae, brother of Cathy (Mike) Hiltz and the late Steve McRae. Brother-in-law of Diana Young. Dear Brother in Law of the Vander Kruys Family: Wilhelmina (Bill) Kelly, Steve (Betty), Anthony (deceased), Ray (Sharon), Tom, Paul and Christopher. Will be missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family members and many dear friends.
Jim was a very proud long-time employee of the CFB Borden Fire Department. He started in 1979 and was honoured with his 35 year service medal. He was also a member of the Army, Navy and Air Force Club since 2014. Jim enjoyed volunteering for Senior Wish, where he made many connections and friendships.
Jim enjoyed his spending time with family and shared many smiles and laughs. Jim loved socializing everywhere – especially at the Marina. He could be found at the ANAF, Legion or with friends. He enjoyed travelling to warm climates and made friends everywhere.
Visitation will take place at the Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home, 30 Worsley St., Barrie on Friday, November 18th, 2022 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Funeral Service to take place on the following day on Saturday, November 19th, 2022 at 10 am inside the Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to immediately follow at the Barrie Union Cemetery, 338 Sunnidale Rd., Barrie. Reception to be held at Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home.
A special thank you to the Dr. Nay and the Cancer Care Team at Royal Victoria Hospital, Health Care at Home and St. Elizabeth Health Care.
Jim was a big supporter of many charities. Donations in his memory may be made to either the Canadian Cancer Society, Royal Victoria Regional Cancer Care Centre, Princess Margaret Foundation or Canadian Blood Services.
Online condolences and memories may be left at www.steckleygooderham.com