Bedson, James Allen

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FinalJimJames Allen Bedson passed away on December 21, 2012 at the age of 87 years. Known to many as ‘Jim Bob,’ he was born in Coronation on November 26, 1925 to Harold and Annie Bedson.
Jim Bob attended school in the Brownfield area and then adventured to Cochrane to work in the local sawmill. Jim enlisted into the Canadian Armed Forces and was posted in Shilo, Manitoba and Petawawa, Ontario from 1944 to 1946. In 1953 Jim returned to the Brownfield area and proceeded to build up his own homestead.
In June 1956, Jim married Susanne Belle Strome and to this union, seven children, 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren were born.
Jim Bob filled his 87 years with horses, hunting, working his land and volunteering his time with multiple community boards and events in the Brownfield district. He was famous for his story telling and played a mean game of Crib.
Jim was an active member and leader of the local roping and riding clubs as well as being a hockey and minor ball coach. One of his greatest achievements was winning the Canadian Senior Pro Team Roping event two years running.
Grandpa Jim Bob loved when all his children and grandchildren visited the homestead. His days were filled with teaching all of them to ride, hunt, rope and amusing them with sleigh and wagon rides.
Jim was predeceased by his father Harold in 1959, his mother Annie in 1990, his brother Edgar in 2002 and his beloved Susan in 2010. Jim is survived by his seven children and his sister Joyce Nielson.
Oh, put my spurs upon my breast
My rope on the saddletree
And while the boy’s lay me to rest
Go turn my horses free.

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