Tainsh, Jim

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Jim left us in the early morning on Sept. 11, 2020 in the Consort Hospital at the age of 81 years old.

His life began on Feb. 23, 1939 in the Consort Hospital. 

He shared his childhood with his two sisters Marlene and Nora-May and his mom and dad, Doug and Eileen.

As a young boy, the family moved to Tees, Wetaskiwin and Lacombe. 

It was in Wetaskiwin that Jim began school, but after coming down with Rheumatic Fever and losing six months of schooling, he repeated Grade 1 joining his sister Nora-May. 

In 1947, the family moved back to Consort to the John Tainsh farm and in 1948 Doug and Eileen purchased the “Bibby Farm” which was Jim’s home for most of his life. 

He learned to work hard on the family farm, learning to get up early and help run the Consort Dairy which ran until 1962.

Jim loved to horseback ride and had his own horse called “Queenie” adorned with a saddle, martingale and bridle which he won in a draw as a young boy at the Calgary Stampede. 

As a teenager, Jim loved to dance, took up square dancing lessons and could really jive! 

Air Cadets was held after school and Jim loved it. Fred Bagory was the leader and Jim really respected him. He travelled to Abbottsford, B.C. for Air Cadets summer camp and earned many badges and pins including his wings. He said Cadets is where he learned to respect others and also how to be a leader.

On Sept. 30, 1961, Jim married Donna Beebe at the Knox United Church in Consort, moved to the family farm and raised three children: Nonavee, Palmer and Dawn. 

During the next 40 years, Jim was involved in many community organizations such as at the Knox United Church as the Chair of the Board of Stewards, a session member and served on many committees. 

He coached Palmer in hockey until 16 and under, was a Boy Scout leader, enjoyed Kinsmen, K40’s, was an Arts Alive member and a 4-H leader. 

Jim was a Remco Memorial salesman for 40 years, taking this over from his grandfather Jim Mudie.

Jim enjoyed playing hockey, curling, horseshoeing, playing cards, dancing, snowmobiling, Halloweening, being funny and being a prankster.

Jim loved to farm with his “green machinery.” He always said, “There are only two kinds of farmers, John Deere farmers and those who wish they were John Deere farmers.”  

He raised Hereford-cross, and Charolais cattle and built up the family farm. 

He was an excellent carpenter, electrician, mechanic, bookkeeper and progressive farmer. 

He fed cows over at Schoffs each winter with a stone boat and horse called “Pinto” until 1975.

Jim and Donna loved to camp, travel, boat and fish. 

As a family, they travelled each summer to various places in Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC. 

In 1979 Jim and Donna purchased a lot at Lake Mara Properties and set up camp for good. There they met many “forever friends,” and spent time fishing, boating and playing in the water. 

They started to travel abroad in the early ’80s, to places like Hawaii, Mexico, Las Vegas, Aruba, Caribbean cruises, Grenada, Fiji and the Cook Islands. More “forever friends” were made. 

Later, they bought a timeshare at Fairmont so their family could enjoy winter fun at the ski hill.

In 1997, Jim and Donna retired from farming but continued to help out on the farm for many years.

Grandchildren brought out the “boy” in Jim again, as he loved setting up racetracks, building playhouses, building farm sets out of barrels and coffee tins, playing games, cards and crokinole. 

Probably his favourite thing to do with his grandchildren was to drag them behind the boat on water skis or tubes trying his best to drown them! They all have many stories of fishing trips and wild rides with their “Papa.”

Jim lost the love of his life, Donna on Sept. 5, 2002. 

He continued to live in their home in Consort until moving to the Lodge in 2016. There he enjoyed good friendships and all the activities. 

Students from the Consort School became dear friends when they came to learn to play cards at the Lodge. Jim loved being with children and young people and they loved being with him. Jim was “fun.”

Jim loved to talk about history and wartime and was so proud to be a Canadian. With that being said, his licence plate read, “God made Scots just a wee bit better.” So….I guess we could say he was proud to be a Scottish Canadian!  

Jim was an organized man, keeping his shop, his desk and any of his spaces neat and tidy. He was also a sentimental man, keeping cards, early letters from Donna, our childhood creations, newspaper clippings, land information and travel memorabilia. 

Jim was a family man, and this was evident by his life’s choices. Relationships were important to Jim and this was obvious as he met and greeted those around him. 

Jim touched many lives by showing great compassion, sharing his humour and the ability to listen to others. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.  

Jim Tainsh is survived by his loving family, children: Nonavee (Brent) Kary of Veteran, Palmer Tainsh of Consort and Dawn (Larry) Resch of Veteran; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren: Scott (Kiley) Kary of Whitefish, Montana and their children Harper and Beckham, Ellyse Kary (Kyle Rohl) of Veteran and their children: Natalie, Hudson, Koen and Spencer, Blake Kary (Kayla Maksymiw) of Red Deer, Mitchell (Krystal) Tainsh of Edmonton and their daughter Hailey, Brett Tainsh (Selena Smigelski) of Consort, Stephanie (Danton) Berg of Consort and their son Knox, Deanna Tainsh, mother of Mitchell, Brett and Stephanie, Eric (Emma) Resch of Veteran, Morgan Resch (Morgan Sortland) of Sedalia and Mikayla Resch of Veteran. 

He is also survived by sister Marlene Kunz of Calgary; extended family of Nancy Tainsh; Jim’s Consort Lodge family; numerous other family members and many dear friends. 

Jim was predeceased by his wife Donna on Sept. 5, 2002, parents Doug and Eileen Tainsh and sister Nora-May Cowan.

A funeral service for the late Jim Tainsh was held on Fri., Sept. 18, 2020 at the Lakeroad Cemetery in Consort, Alta. with Rev. Dr. Ohwang Kwon officiating. 

Donations in memory of Jim are gratefully accepted to Knox United Church or Lakeroad Cemetery c/o Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, P.O. Box 186, Castor, AB T0C 0X0, 403-578-3777, who were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 

To send condolences to Jim’s family and view the obituary, please visit www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com  

Card of Thanks

As a light breeze blew, on a smoky harvest day, with hundreds of geese soaring overhead and combines ready in the fields, 28 of our family members along with Rev Kwon and wife, Miran, gathered at the Lake Road Cemetery in honour of our father, Jim Tainsh. 

Regrets included: Grandson, Scott (Kiley) Kary, children, Harper and Beckham of Whitefish, Montana, USA.

Waiting for us at our parent’s memorial, cradling our Dad’s urn, was a green John Deere wagon filled with dozens of roses, and a small John Deere toy tractor as the centrepiece. 

As we gathered to our seats, Piper, Katrina Zimmerman echoed the bagpipes in the background. 

We recited The New Creed, the 23rd Psalm, The Lord’s Prayer, sang the hymn, “I, The Lord of the Sea & Sky”, and listened to Rev. Kwon’s message, and with all this, we embraced the holiness of such a special moment. 

The prairie grass, the many memorials, the garter snakes, the birds, and the smell of fall, made us feel at home and close to God.

Our family has been blessed with a wonderful set of parents who loved, protected and who have helped us in many ways. We thank all of you who have been part of our Dad’s life. 

We thank those who have sat and visited with him, and phoned him over the years, treating him with kindness and love. He always appreciated many people in his life.

Our family would like to thank the two local doctors, Dr. Irene Shenoda and Dr. Akindipe, the Consort and Coronation hospital staff, the homecare girls, and the entire Consort Lodge staff, (who he thought the world of), Dina Nelson, the Rec. Director at the lodge