James Gordon Phipps (1955 - 2018)

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  • "Vaya con dios Jim. My condolences to all the Phipps..."
  • "Leslie, I am so sorry for your loss. I had only met Jim..."
    - Catherine
  • "Though we knew it was coming, it is still tragically,..."
    - Rob and Angela Koskey
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PHIPPS, James Gordon (Jim)
James Gordon (Jim) Phipps, age 62, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2017, in his home
at Cochrane, Alberta, after a three-year struggle with an aggressive form of cancer.
Jim was born on May 23, 1955, in Ottawa, Ontario, to Welland Wilfred Phipps and Frances
(Coolin) Phipps. One of eight children, Jim lived an adventurous life and
grew up in the North where his father was a well-known Arctic pilot.
Among his many accomplishments, Jim was a master commercial
diver and a proficient sailor. Jim inherited "Whiskey Papa," his
father's 50 foot boat, which he lovingly restored. In his later
years, Jim worked as a high-end finishing carpenter and site
supervisor. He was a talented craftsman, who always strove
for the highest quality. Jim loved the outdoors and engaged in
many sports such as paragliding, paddling, and skiing. He will be
remembered for his enthusiasm for life, sardonic sense of humor,
bravery in the face of an aggressive disease, and dedication to
his pets, friends and family. Jim was predeceased by his parents, as
well as by his two brothers, Bob and David. He is survived by his wife of
20 years, Leslie Johnson, and by his sisters Janet (Russ Kilroy) Cassidy; Deborah (Robin)
Stevenson; Brenda (Paul Rancourt) Phipps; Wendy Read, and Terri (Shawn) Lucier; and by
his many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, January 14th, 2018, at 1p.m. at the Best
Western Village Park Inn, 1804 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary, Alberta. Special
thanks to the staff at Tom Baker Cancer Centre, who made heroic medical
efforts to save Jim's life and to the Cochrane Home Care team who helped
him live his last days in comfort.
Condolences may be left at www.cochranecountryfuneralhome.com
Phone 403.932.1039.
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Cochrane Country Funeral Home
#6, 402 Railway Street West
Cochrane, AB T4C 2B6
(403) 932-1039
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Published in The Cochrane Eagle on Jan. 11, 2018