Peacefully surrounded by his family at Seaforth Hospital on February 13, 2023, of Kinburn at the age of 80. Beloved husband of Linda (Mason) for 47 years. Proud father of Jim Thomas (Mel) and their children, Veronica, Jacqueline; Scott Thomas (Christine) and his children, Kodie, Dylan, Damien; Greg Willshire and his children, Kelli, Ryan, Rielly, Dylan; Adam Willshire (Amy) and their children, Noah, Lucas; Brandon Willshire (Ann) and their children, Desmond, Spencer, Serge; Beth-Anne Graham (Sandy) and their children, Keenin, Lilyen, Gracelyn. Loving uncle and great grandpa to many. Dearly missed by brother-in-law Rick Mason, niece Michelle Hall (Jeff) and their son Kaleb. Predeceased by parents Ann May Coull and Leo Bryant (stepdad), Gilbert Willshire (father), brothers Eugene “Gene” Hochu (Mary), Roland “Ron” Hochu (Joan), John Willshire, infant sister, and sister-in-law Linda Mason.
How lucky for us, the world’s best husband, dad, grandpa, and uncle belonged to us! Your unconditional love and pride for your family were like no other; cherishing each person in your life and never letting them forget how much you loved them. We will miss you dearly, but now you may rest peacefully. Always remembered, forever loved.
In keeping with Jim’s wishes cremation has taken place.
Jim was a friend. What a wealth of knowledge he had. How many people exist in the world that knew everything about flatheads and how to hotrod them. It was a pleasure to have known Jim and to have worked together on my 69 Ford F-100 Hotrod and to have learned some old school tricks from him, as well meeting some of his friends when they would come to visit. My condolences to Linda ( so sorry Linda ) and the rest of the family. Thanks Beth-Anne for sharing this news when I was trying to contact Jim’s email.
Anita & John Gagnon
Jim was a good guy & great neighbour.
He will be missed by many.
Thinking of your family.. BIG HUG!!!
Love you so much, Dad! You’ve always been there for anyone who’s needed you, no matter what it was. All the time we spent going to hockey games, coming to see us, going on road trips together, working on your car or my trucks. I will cherish all the amazing, beautiful and fun memories we made together. You’re an example of what a great dad and husband should be. I miss you dearly. Love you for always, Dad! “Your favourite daughter”.
Jane Powell (Hochu)
Sending my deepest sympathies to Linda and family on their loss of Uncle Jim. I am the middle child of Roland (Ron) and Joan Hochu, and having moved across the country many years ago, had few opportunities to visit with Uncle Jim and Linda, the last being in Port Hope, I believe, after Dad passed away. But I do have a few great memories of Uncle Jim’s visits when we were young. May your many wonderful memories give you strength and peace during your tough days.
Regards, Jane Powell (Hochu)
Susan and Al Dunphy
So sorry to hear this sad news.
We have been out of the country and out of communication with everyone for 8 days and so just received this news today . Condolences to all the family. Rest in peace Uncle Jim.
Did not know Jim a whole bunch but did have a good time striping wire with him once and was lucky enough to get him to show me his car with that said I know most of his children well all of them are good people and that comes from good leadership something Brandon who I know best always told me about his dad my most sincere thoughts go out to the whole family
A Friend who I had pleasure doing body repairs with, painting (goofing off) and going too Car Shows with , and last but Not Least, my Father In Law , I will miss you also …. RIP my friend
This guy, was one of my most favorite people in the entire world! I love him like my second Dad, and I’ll never forget his unwavering love for myself, and all others in his life. He was one of the most generous, loving souls I have ever known! I have so many memories with all of you, that I will forever keep in my heart. I love and cherish you all. Rest peacefully Uncle Jim. You always have, and always will be my favorite! Xoxoxoxo