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James Duncan MacNair, June 1, 1934-June 6, 2020

Five days after celebrating 86 years well lived, with the requisite cake, generous amounts of ice cream, and well-wishes from family in the street below his window, we sang Dad home to be reunited with the love of his life.

Predeceased by his wife Mae (McCulloch) 2008, parents, Neil & May (Nisbet) MacNair, sisters May Braden & Isabel Rutter.

Lovingly remembered by his four daughters Crystal (Günter Jochum), Coral (Steve Meggison), Twila (Don Smirl), Onnolee (Jamie Scharf); 15 Grandchildren Michaela (Curtis Sawatsky), Fiona, Renate, Shavaughn, Sheena (Tyler Henderson), Katie, George, Jillia, Sarah, Marissa, Abbey, Calli, Elie, Luca, & Naomi; siblings Roberta Dyck, Elsie Coates, Neil (Linda) MacNair; in-laws Alvin (Jeanne) McCulloch & Elvira Carlisle; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and his many friends at St. Paul’s United Church, Graysville, who supported him in attending Sunday services—the one constant throughout his 86 years, and the only place that still felt familiar as dementia changed his world.

Jim was born at home in the Albert District northwest of Carman, Manitoba. When he was seven years old the family moved to the Graysville community. He grew up on the family farm with his five siblings, just down the road from his Nisbet cousins. In 1963 he married Mae McCulloch and they took over the Nisbet farm which his grandfather had purchased in 1906. Jim and Mae had a mixed farm—grain, navy beans, and cattle. They raised their four daughters in the home that his grandparents ordered in 1916 from the T. Eaton catalogue. Jim lived there until 2014, when he moved into Carman.

He was a proud graduate of the University of Manitoba Agriculture Diploma program, treasurer of St. Paul’s United Church in Graysville for decades, an active member of the Dufferin Agricultural Society, and the Carman & District Farm Business Association among other community organizations.

But more than anything he was a gentleman—a gentle man—a friendly neighbour, a kind, caring husband, father, and grandfather and oh so incredibly patient.

The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers at the Boyne Lodge and Carman Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care over the last year & a half and his friends & neighbours at Meadowood Estates.

As per his wishes, his body has been donated to the U of M for health-science education. A private family service will be held on Sunday, June 14 with a celebration of life to be announced at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, take time to enjoy the spring flowers and treat yourself to ice cream. If friends so desire, donations can be made in Jim’s memory to the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada or to the Carman Area Foundation.


#16 Jean Janick 2020-06-15 23:15
My sympathy to all of your families. I cherish many memories of sharing social times with Jim & Mae. They had a special gift of drawing friends together and making everyone feel so comfortable.. Jim was such a gentle, patient man and so proud of his family. With love Jean Janick
#17 Laura Lynne Matychuk 2020-06-16 11:55
Thoughts and prayers to the whole family. A donation to the Carman Area Foundation has been made in Jim's memory.
#18 Alice Kerr & Family 2020-06-16 16:22
Our sincere sympathy to the MacNair families. Jim
was always such a kind and gentle man. He always
took the time to have a conversation and he was genuinely interested in what others had to say. Jim
was so proud of his family and will be greatly missed!
#19 Karen Hutton 2020-06-18 18:10
Heard about your loss and just wanted to offer my condolences. Sorry for your loss. I have found memories of your family from my time living in Carman and the visit I had with Jim and Mae when I vi[censored]d Carmen about 10 years ago with my father, Les Hutton. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at during this tim.
#20 Dee McEachern 2020-06-22 15:24
To Crystal, Coral, Twila, and Onalee and families, our deepest sympathy in the recent loss of your father, Jim.
He and your Mom were both great community and church folk, and I know they have passed that on to the next generation/s. I am sure I still have saved material from a music workshop your mom gave! Blessings and love from the "Homewood" McEachern family.
#21 Joan Johnston 2020-06-23 14:33
My sincere sympathy to Crystal, Coral, Twila, Onalee and your families on the recent loss of your father and grandfather.

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