James Alex McLeod, 1974-2007
James Alex McLeod was born on July 15, 1974 and passed away at his home in High Prairie on June 30, 2007 at the very at the very young age of 32 years old.
He is gone but not forgotten. James was better known by his family and friends as Little Jim. Nothing was little about Jim.
Little Jim was born in Edmonton on July 15, 1974 as the only son of James and Phyllis McLeod.
He was survived by his two sisters: Debbie Hawryliw and Veronica McLeod. Later, to increase the siblings Phyllis added Samantha Kruger, Darryl Martin and Justin Martin.
Part of Jim’s life included his eight nieces and nephews: Kimberly and David Cunningham; one great-niece, Alexis Rose, Nicolas and Miranda Hawryliw, Kevin and Teasha Kruger, Angel Martin, and a nephew he considered his very own, Ethan Martin.
Our brother, our son, our uncle, our friend, our hero. Today, we remember his life.
Jim loved anything to do with the outdoors: fishing, camping, power saws, quadding and fires. Any time Jim could sit outside by the fire with family and friends he took that opportunity. Roasting hotdogs, smokies, and anything that could be charred were his favourite.
Another of Jim’s hobbies was reading about social history, world wars, and playing Risk. He always considered himself the master of Risk. All who knew him would have to rise to the challenge of a game of Risk.
Jim loved celebrations, mostly because it was the traditional Ukrainian food. He loved to help make perogies and cabbage rolls, but he ate them faster than they could be made.
Jim cherished his family more than anything in the world. He always called frequently, always was available if a niece or nephew needed to be babysat. Jim always said, “I love you, and give me a hug”. Those were the words that we will always remember.
Some things that Jim remembered and cherished were:
1. Seeing and or/being in the mountains.
2. Grade 9 graduation.
3. Spending time with his nieces and nephews.
4. Cruising with loud music playing
5. Running power saws.
6. Family gatherings - Christmas was his favorite!
7. Participating in the Summer Games in Stettler, Alta.
8. Watching hockey.
9. Hanging out with his friends.
What now. . .a new journey begins! We know we will miss Jim dearly, but his memories will live through us forever. His laugh, his smile, his big bear hugs, his endless stories, his crazy jokes, and his loud roar as he entered into any room.
With that. . .live life like Jim would have! Laugh loudly, smile always and remember to say, “I love you and catch ya on the flipside.”
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