The whistle has been silenced. Suddenly, with his family by his side at LHSC – University Hospital on Monday, December 26, 2022 at the age of 72. Devoted husband of Joy (Pollock) Darling for over 49 years. Proud father of his four daughters, Sarah and Tom Woodland of London, Rebecca Darling and Chris Kennedy of Exeter, Alyssa and Roger Howard of Oakville, and Megan and Will Rempel of Parkhill. Loving grandfather of 12 special grandkids: Avah, and Jack; Abbie, Maiya, and Hunter; Ryan, Zoe, and Lexi; and Lucy, Sam, Alice, and Andy. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Jack and Ann Darling of Cambridge, Joe and Diane Darling of Lucan, Jeff Darling of Sarnia, Sharon Edwards of Burlington, Alexandra Gow of London, and Christene Scrimgeour of London. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Fred and Shirley Darling and step-mother Marion Darling, and sister Virginia Edwards.
Self proclaimed LEGEND and WORLD’S GREATEST BUTCHER. Jim, his father, and brothers, proudly owned and operated Darling’s Food Market for over 50 years. Jim had been enjoying his retirement by working full time at Metzger’s Meat Products in Hensall. In his spare time, his holidays were spent at the Dunrovin Hunt Club and Spa, four wheeling and hunting. He survived cancer, countless fights with steers, two new hips and two new knees. Cheers to the man who would say he has never had a bad day in his whole life.
Visitation will be held at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, EXETER on Thursday from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. Registration is required and appreciated. Please click “Register Now” below to register.
The funeral service will be held at the Exeter United Church, 42 James St, Exeter, on Friday, December 30th at 11 AM with the Rev. Susan Moore officiating. (Registration is not required to attend the service). Interment Exeter Cemetery.
Donations to the Alzheimer Society, a charity near and dear to Jim’s heart, would be appreciated by the family.