Suddenly, at Oakcrossing Retirement Living, London, in the early hours of Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at the age of 83, after a recent cancer diagnosis and cardiac event. Predeceased by his loving wife Carole (Gray) McVicar (July 2019), who he missed each and every day. Survived by his sons Scott and Darcy and loved always by his grandchildren Emma and Ethan, all of London. Predeceased by his parents Albert “Mac” and Clara (McEwen) McVicar, his older brother Rob and sister Delores (Trevail).
Jim resided at Oak Crossing Retirement in London, was formerly of Chatham and spent many, many summers at family cottages in Grand Bend. He had a long career in London and Chatham as a teacher and then a public school principal at McKeough P.S. and finally retiring as the principal at Indian Creek P.S. in Chatham.
Jim and Carole married August 17, 1963. Always supporting each other in every way. Carole’s final years were a journey with Alzheimer’s. Jim was with her always, caring, never complaining and did everything he could to keep her at home as long as possible, until her care become to complex. Jim would sit with Carole all day, every day, until her passing. “Life was never the same without her”
Moving back to London shortly after retirement. Jim wanted to stay busy and continue to meet and talk to people, so his first post “retirement” job was selling wine at the wine shoppe in the former Oakridge Mall until its closing. Next Jim kept busy at Enterprise Car Rental on Oxford Street, West. He was hired to wash cars but more importantly talk to the customers as he drove the shuttle. Jim’s final “retirement” job was at Oakwood Golf Course in Grand Bend for a few summers where he washed and staged golf carts with the crew. Occasionally Jim was a course ranger as well, until he hit one too many speed bumps. This final job also gave him the opportunity to start golfing again. Sometimes for the golf, mostly for the people. Jim and Carole were always up for a good get-to-gether at the cottage.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Oak Crossing for their friendship and care (they have lost their Santa Claus) and everyone who has kept in touch.
Jim’s sons Scott and Darcy are grateful to have never went without, thanks to their parents.
And as Jim would say…
“Life is a gift to you. Be Happy! Have A Great Day!”
Friends are invited to gather at 10:30 AM for an 11 AM memorial service at Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Lucan on Wednesday, March 29th.