James Cory

James Kenneth "Jim" Cory

Friday, July 23rd, 1926 - Saturday, January 25th, 2020
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James Kenneth (Jim) Cory of Brandon MB, formerly of Wawanesa MB passed away on January 25, 2020 in his 94th year.

He is survived by his wife Jean (formerly Jeanette Gehrling) of Brandon. Jim was predeceased by his wife of 51 years Marjorie Ann in 2004, his son Blair in 1983 and daughter Marsha in 2009.

Jim was born July 23, 1926 at the family farm near Nesbitt, MB, the seventh of 13 children of Bert and Eva Cory. He was educated in Nesbitt School and Success Commercial College in Winnipeg. He was employed by Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company from January 24, 1946 until retirement on July 31, 1987.

On December 27, 1952 Jim married Marjorie Ann Wood and together they raised eight children. Jim was active in the Wawanesa community. He was a Cub Master, member of the Wawanesa Band and volunteered with Canadian Red Cross. Jim was an active member of Wawanesa United Church Choir for 40 years and served on the Church Board. He was a Mason from 1948, past Master of Wawanesa Lodge #67 and presently a member of Wheat City Lodge #168. Jim was proud to have been presented his 70-year pin in 2018.

Music was an important interest all his life. Outside of the local scene in Wawanesa, Jim and Marjorie were charter members of the Western Manitoba Philharmonic Choir from its inception in 1966 until its demise in the 1970s. He and Marjorie sang together at many weddings, funerals and other community events over the years. Jim played fiddle, recorder and clarinet and had varied music tastes. He enjoyed listening to CBC radio.

For many years Jim was active in Minor Sports and encouraged his kids to participate in hockey, baseball, skating, canoeing and cycling. He enjoyed curling and golf. Jim’s love of the family farm carried over into his passion for vegetable and flower gardening. He loved making trips back to Sunnybrook Farm throughout his life. Jim took the family on many camping trips and travelled extensively throughout Britain, Europe, the United States and Canada.

Jim’s keen interest in education was expressed in his eight years as Secretary-Treasurer of Wawanesa School District and 18 years (1974-1992) as Trustee for Souris Valley School Division. In 1992 Jim was awarded the Commemoration Medal for the 125th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in recognition of service to community and Canada. This was a source of great pride to him.

In 1998 Jim and Marjorie sold their home in Wawanesa and moved to Brandon. They became members of Prairie Oasis Senior Centre where Jim participated in choir and floor shuffleboard. Jim resided in Victoria Landing from October 2007 until his re-marriage in August 2011. He led the singing group there along with his wife Jean. In June 2019 Jim and Jean moved together to Victoria Landing.

Jim leaves a large family legacy. He is survived by his six children Dale (Susan), Mark (Michelle), Owen (Melanie), Paul, Myra (Rob) and Neil (Leslie); nine grandchildren Craig (Kate), Michael, Matthew, Chelsea (Theo), Emma, Alyssa (Cody), Samantha (Tyler), Jackson, and Ryan; and five great-grandchildren Liam, Vanessa, Daniel, Phillip and Brooklyn. He is remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Graveside service will be held at the Minnewawa Cemetery, Nesbitt MB, on Saturday May 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the Wawanesa Community Foundation, Wawanesa MB R0K 2G0 or to a charity of your choice.
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    Saturday, May 30th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, May 30th, 2020 2:00pm
    Minnewawa Cemetery
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    A Graveside Service will be held at the Minnewawa Cemetery, Saturday May 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm.
  • Interment

    Minnewawa Cemetery
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  • Reception

    Wawanesa New Horizon Centre
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janet lagarde

Posted at 07:48pm
to Paul, my sincere sympathy to you and your families on the passing of your father Jim. He was one of my favourites in my cafes in wawanesa, with the seniors and also when he and your mom moved to Brandon and resided at Willowdale Gardens where I worked. We had many a coffee break in the afternoon at my office and on his doorstep. He will be missed.
Sincerely Janet Lagarde and Chris McLean

Brad Cline

Posted at 09:15pm
Sincere sympathy on the passing of your dear Dad and Grandpa.
Brad & Sheila Cline

Peter Hiebert

Posted at 08:19am
Warm memories of Jim as I reflect on his time on the Souris Valley School Board. He was always the kind smiling gentleman. He will be missed. Condolences to you the family.

Janice McDonald

Posted at 09:23pm
With our deepest sympathy to all of the Cory family on the passing of Jim....he was truly a wonderful man ....
Thinking of you all
Jim & Susan Roney & family
Bob & Janice McDonald

Gord & Barb Manning

Posted at 02:21pm
Thinking of you all. Our sincere Sympathy. Gord & Barb Manning

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