Born April 11, 1944 in Kitchener. Jim was a talented youth hockey player, worked in the grocery business until retirement and was a member of the Greenwood Hill band. The band performed blue-grass and gospel music at Long-term Care homes, churches and festivals.
“I have many bluegrass friends in heaven who are waiting for their lead singer to join them. To my bluegrass friends who are still here, many thanks.”
Beloved husband of Barbara J. Mende (nee Schippanoski) Predeceased by his parents; Albert and Louise Mende (nee Lautenschlager). Survived by Dear Brother of Richard (Linda – Deceased) Daughter Jennifer and Son Mike (Beth), grandfather of Jake and Ben. Proud Father to stepson Jody (Danien- my angel on earth) Schippanoski, Proud Papa to Granddaughters Sarah and Claire Schippanoski “the Loves of my life, thank you for the birthday cards”. Nephews Howie, Barry, David and families. Loved cousin Gerda Dessanti and family.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no service. As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to the St Mary’s General Hospital Foundation or Grand River Hospital Foundation Palliative Unit.
Thank you to all doctors, nurses and support staff at St. Mary’s General Hospital 5th Floor and Freeport Palliative Care Unit.
Messages and condolences may be left for the family at www.tricitycremations.com or 519 772-1237. Please visit Jim's obituary notice on Facebook.