1924 ~ HAWTHORNE ~ 2013

Posted: June 17th, 2013


Mr. James “Jim” Lawrence Hawthorne, beloved husband of Mrs. Nora Hawthorne of Medicine Hat, passed away on Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at the age of 89 years. Jim also leaves to cherish his memory his children, Cindy (Randy) Koch, Stephen (Glenda) Hawthorne and Kevin (Cathy) Hawthorne; six grandchildren, Jillian (Ty) Bach, Lauren Koch, Erica Koch, Jenifer Hawthorne, Shannon Hawthorne and Liam Hawthorne; two great- grandchildren, Dane and Bennett Bach; one brother, Frank (Ruth) Hawthorne; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his parents, George and Hazel Hawthorne; one grandson, Benjamin Koch; and five brothers, Roland, Victor, Harvey, Robert and Gordon. Jim was born in Rocanville, Saskatchewan on April 28th, 1924 and was raised in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan. He served his country in WWII with the South Alberta Regiment from January 12th, 1942 until being discharged on July 25th, 1946. Jim’s two older brothers, Harvey & Robert also served and he wanted to serve with them. They all safely returned home from active service in Europe; where Jim served in England, Holland, France, Belgium and Germany. Jim met Nora Misner in Cabri, Saskatchewan and they were married in Swift Current, Saskatchewan on December 8th, 1949. In the spring of 1950 Jim began working at Defense Research Establishment Suffield and he worked there until his retirement in 1980. Jim was a great volunteer. He was a scout leader and was very involved at Westminster United Church as well as the church camp at Elkwater. Jim was quick to assist anyone who asked for help and acted on many boards and committees. Family and friends were Jim’s first priority. He loved to sit with his friends and ‘shoot the bull’. Old war stories and politics were often the subject of conversation. The last years of Jim’s life were spent at Chinook Village where he was known and loved by all. He will be sorely missed. The Funeral Service will be held in CHINOOK VILLAGE, Terrace Room, 2801 – 13th Avenue SE, on Monday, June 17th, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Steve Pahl officiating. A private family interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Jim’s memory may be made to the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation, c/o Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, 666 – 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 4H6. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or www.gonebutnotforgotten.ca or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading James Hawthorne. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, “The Chapel in the Park”, locally owned and directed. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone (403)528-2599

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  1. Harold & Kathryn says:

    Cindy, Randy and family,

    We were so sorry to read of the loss of your father. We know your love for him will provide beautiful memories in the days to come and a peace and comfort in having loved and been loved by someone so special.

    Sincerest sympathies,
    Harold & Kathryn Exner

  2. Dawn says:

    Please accept our most heartfelt condolences for your loss. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 describes God as the source of comfort, comforting us in all our distressing times. We pray for you and remember you.
    Dawn

  3. Wes Krause says:

    Please accept my heart felt condolences albeit somewhat late. I met Jim through the SALH and interviewed him about his experiences in the war. He was fine gentleman from the Greatest Generation and will be fondly remembered. A short time after the interview he and Mr. Fairhurst came to my house to view my military collection I expressed concerned about the stairs to my basement where the collection is stored and displayed. He looked at them and said with grin…NO PROBLEM, just give me a minute or two. He hustled down those stairs in a heartbeat and joked how going back up might be bit slower. Well, it wasn’t for Jimhe jsut said get out of the way I am going up. We sat and had coffee that afternoon, and a wonderful visit. My thoughts and prayers go to the family. He will not be forgotten!!!

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