JAMES McDONOUGH

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McDONOUGH, James Edward
At any rate, when light breaks over me
The way it did on the road beyond
Coleraine
Where wind got saltier, the sky more
hurried
And silver lame shivered on the Bann
Out in mid-channel between the painted
poles
That day I'll be in step with what escaped
me
- Seamus Heaney
Jimmy passed away on September 14, 2013. He was a man who took great pleasure in the many good things life offers - a hearty laugh over dinner with family, the telling of a lively story in the company of his friends, a glass of wine, a rich understanding of history and literature, a friendly but competitive game of tennis, and so much else. We, his family, remember him for his vitality and love. The twinkle in his eyes lit a spark in all those who knew and loved him.
In recent years, it has been difficult to bear witness to the advance of Alzheimer's as it gradually deprived Jimmy of his ability to embrace the people and things he loved so much. We like to think that heaven for Jimmy, much loved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and friend, is in a place where the sun is shining on him, and where he's back "in step with what escaped him" these last painful years. In this heaven we like to imagine Jimmy, memory intact and large heart filled with the knowledge that he is loved deeply by us all.
James Edward McDonough was born in Hanley, Saskatchewan on October 10, 1925. His wife and companion, Betty, survives him and cherishes his memory. His spirit continues in the lives of his loving children - Judy (Harry), Ted (Brigitte), Diana (Chris) and Kevin (Jane), his eight grandchildren Callum, Norah, Jamie, Sarah, Anna, David, Jeffery and Owen - and his six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Louise Lauhon of Seattle.
We would like to send our profound thanks to Sherry and her amazing staff at Lynnwood 2LP. The love and care they gave Dad over his last years has given our family such comfort and peace. They are truly angels.
A final farewell to Jimmy will take place at Christ Church on October 10, 2013 (his 88th birthday) at 2:00 p.m. with a reception to follow.


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Published in The Edmonton Journal from Sept. 18 to Sept. 26, 2013
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