Harding; James “Jim” Stewart


Harding, James “Jim” Stewart, 88, of Milton, Queens County, passed away on Sunday, February 24th, 2013, in the Queens Manor, Liverpool.

Born in Milton, he was a son of the late Perkins and Amy (Whynot) Harding.

Jim was a Veteran of WWII, serving as a dispatch rider. He was very active in the community, serving many years as a Scout Master and 4H Leader. Jim also took a leadership role in conservation and wildlife husbandry, promoting woodland skills to all who were interested, trailcraft, fly tying, animal calling and generally helping people to enjoy and understand the great outdoors. He worked for the Department of Fisheries and the Bowater Mersey Paper Company.

Above all Jim enjoyed a good sense of humour.

He is survived by a daughter Kathi (Glenn) Parlee, of Milton; sons Tim, of Winnipeg, Bob (Karen), of P.E.I., Frank (Debbie), of Brooklyn; grandchildren Caitlin (Chad), Hilary (Corey), Aidan, Jacob (Kristin), Jordan, Clayton, Caleb, April (Tim), Alyssa (Daniel), Jeremy, Nathan; great grandchildren Liam, Sydnee and Connor; sister Amy King, of Poughkeepsie, New York; many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of  50 years, Fran; sisters Mary Hamway, Flora Colmer; brothers William and Harold.

Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m., on Thursday, February 28, 2013 from Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Friday, March 1st, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., followed by a reception, all from the Milton Christian Church. Reverends Joe and Pat Roberts officiating. Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Milton Christian Church, Disciples of Christ or to the Queens Manor. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.chandlersfuneral.com


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  1. Celie & Chuck Gallison and family

    Bob & Karen; Kathi & Glen; Tim; Frank & Debbie and families: So sorry to hear about Jim, We have many good memories of his wlidlife stories, magic tricks, jokes, laugh and kindness to our family with our visits to the camp and Pleasantfield. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Celie, Chuck, Samantha, Frankie, Zack & Charlotte

  2. Pam/Brian Foley

    We always enjoyed Jim’s sense of humor and will treasure the little trinkets he gave to us over the years. Take comfort in knowing he is once again with his love, we will be praying for you all.

  3. Noweta Nickerson, Ron Zwicker and Vincent Oickle

    To all the family
    We are so sorry to hear the news of Jim’s passing, He has surely left great memories for all of us. His magic tricks as a little girl going to their house on Halloween, and then doing the same with my boys as years passed. His sweet nature, kindness and big heart… We will all miss Jim with our own memories. Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to all of you ..

  4. paul whynot

    Sorry to hear of the passing of jim. I only meant the man a couple of times. He was the kind of man who leaves a lasting impressing on you with his sense of humor. The first time I meant him was on the medway salmon fishing several years ago. He gave me a harding special which I still have in my fly box.

  5. Steve and Anne MacDonald

    Very sorry to to hear of Jim’s passing. We will always remember him giving us both fly tying lessons and his great sense of humour.He will be missed by many.

  6. Brad, Debbie, Aleighsha and Courtney

    His was a life well lived, sharing in and engendering smiles and laughter, respect and admiration in young and old. One left his company with fond memories and a warmer heart. Jim will be missed – his legacy, however, continues in his children. Hugs and sincere sympathies.

  7. Karen Lichtenegger

    I was deeply saddened to learn of Mr. Harding’s death and I would like to express my sincere sadness and sympathies to you and your family at this difficult time. May peace be with you.

  8. Peter and Susan Truelove and family

    Please accept our most sincere thoughts of sympathy as we learn of Jim’s passing. Always had a pleasant chat when we ran into him visiting his grandchildren “on the hill”. A very lovely man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Susan, Peter, Josh and Rhylee Truelove

  9. Jeannie & Gerard Carpenter

    Bob & Karen, Jake & Kristin, Jordan, Clayton & Caleb and all the families – Our love & prayers to all of you. We will keep you close in our prayers and thoughts especially over these next few days. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful video of Jim’s life. We are sure that these memories will offer much comfort and bring peace and happiness in the days ahead. Know that we are thinking of you.
    xx Jeannie & Gerard

  10. Pamela (WEST) Stewart

    Sending my thoughts and prayers to the Harding family Of Jim.

    Jim Thanks for the wonderful memories I have from all the science projects that you helped me with…just spending time with our families..at your cabin. we always had lots of fun …. Jim will you be missed dearly.

    RIP Jim…. you and Fran the love of your life are together forever.

  11. Julio

    I have only ever ate 1 planked salmon in my life, cooked over an open camp fire by the hands of Master Chef Harding. Best Salmon I ever tasted. And I’m sure you will all appreciate the following:
    Jim took it upon himself to explain to me how “IT” was done. starting with the building of the fire, after carefully placing the twigs, branches, and finally the logs, he whispered to me that he was going to show me an “ancient” Indian technique for lighting the fire, guaranteed not to fail… I followed him to the shed where he produced an “ancient” can, he carried it cautiously back to the pile of twigs, branches and logs…. opened it…. and poured a clear liquid from it onto the logs…… when the smell of camp fuel filled my nostrils, it was then that I knew “Jim” got me again!!!!!
    I do believe he has passed on this wonderful trait for generations to come.

  12. Normand Martineau directeur CSHB

    To Bob and Karen and all of the extended Harding
    family .
    So sorry to hear about your Dad.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you all

  13. Duff and Patty

    Am so sorry for your loss in the passing of Jim. He was a fine man and it has been a pleasure knowing him. He always had a tale to tell ,a new trick to show,and lots of jokes. Really enjoyed, back in the day, when visiting listening to his fishing and hunting stories,as well as the stories from back before my time. He will surely be missed but will never be forgotten.

  14. Virginia Whynot

    To all the Harding, sorry for the loss of you father.Jim always had a big smile that I will remember. Think of you.

  15. Dale and Kimberley Foley

    Back in 1968 due to an unfortunate accident my brother Bob and I were sent to spend a week with the Hardings.He was a man who gave himself totally to his own family and treated us as though we were one of them.His sense of humor was fantastic-he loved to tease everyone especially Fran,his loving wife.He was always keeping us entertained with his magic tricks.I didn’t know I was worth that much money until he kept pulling quarters from behind my ears.Later in life I met him in town and found him to be unchanged.He was a great man and will be sorely missed by all who ever had the privilege of meeting him.I am so sorry to hear of your loss Kathi,Tim,Bobby,and Frank but you know he is teasing his beloved Fran right now.I am sorry I will not be able to attend the service but know that I have never forgotten him my whole life and the impact he made on me creating some of my happiest moments as a child.
    Take Care
    Dale and Kimberley Foley

  16. Lana Grezaud

    so sorry for your loss…. Jim certainly liked to sing and show off his many talents of the tricks he had up his sleeve!!! Always had a “good morning, your looking good” no matter how he was feeling….He certainly will be missed!

    queens manor

  17. Patti Neilson-Fraser

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Jim was a great man and will be missed.

  18. shannon jollimore

    when I think of Jim a big smile comes across my face, to remember his coin tricks, wiggling his ears :) as well the day that he helped me get my snow shoeing badge for brownies up and down the back yard witch seems like for ever ago my heart goes out to all of the family at this time always remember the good times

  19. Bob and Brenda Lohnes

    Kathi, Glen and Families: So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Bob knew your father from Fisheries and I knew him when I worked at Bowaters. We met him again when he moved into the manor and was next door to my Mom. He was always so friendly and ready for a chat. We are sure you will miss him very much. Our deepest sympathy to you and all of your family.

  20. Becky (Jollimore) Long

    Kathi and Family

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Your dad always made me smile when he came to Canadian Tire to see your Mom or when I visited at your home.

  21. Gerry & Phyllis Leaman

    Our neighborhood and our village has lost a good man! We have some good memories from ourtimes with JimHe will be missed by us all. I know the family- children and grandchildren will miss him so much. We send our deepest condolences to you all.
    In Christian Love
    Gerry & Phyllis

  22. To the family

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Jim and Fran growing up in Milton, they were both friendly, kind and wonderful people and loved children.My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

  23. Janet Wolfe (Freeman)

    Thinking of the great memories growing up in Milton. Especially the magic tricks Jim enterained us with. Sorry to hear of your loss, may the memories gladden your day.

  24. Susan and Butch MacLeod

    Our condolences to the Harding Family. Jim was a very nice man and a lot of fun to talk with. He joked with me once and said “Let’s hope the rain keeps Up!” We had lots of laughs.
    Sincerely, Susan M.

  25. Paula, Brent, Brady and Jake Matheson

    Karen, Bob and Family:

    Our condolences to you. Treasure the memories that have been made. Thinking of you.

  26. Karyn Kempton (niece)

    Searching for mayflowers, planked salmon at the camp, bear rugs, fishing, target shooting, hunting (fox pee attracts bears!) catching frogs, eating frogs legs, skinning rabbits (I couldn’t eat that little guy though!) rabbit’s good luck foot, watching fishing flies be created (I have the smallest one he made I think), trying various types of animal meat, sharing macaroon chocolates (with a black lab ready to catch one at any second), hours of playing crazy 8’s, New Year’s Eve shotgun celebrations, walking in the woods or by the water and just taking it all in. Never rushed, always a smile, a joke and a magic trick and last tag games. Warm welcomes and big waves goodbye. Jim will live forever in the hearts of anyone who ever had the pleasure of knowing him…I’m glad I did :) xo

  27. Sue Beaumont

    A truly wonderful man who always made me laugh when he dropped by QGH. My thoughts are with you all at this time.

  28. Stewart Cressman Director CSHB

    Bob, Karen and family.
    Heard about the passing of you father. Our condolences to your family. May you experience God’s comfort during this time of loss.

  29. Larry Huskins

    Dear Family. I wanted to pass along my sincere condolences to all of you on the passing of a great man and a great friend. Jim was like another grandfather for me and I am sorry that I will not be there to help you celebrate his wonderful life. I will always have fond memories of Jim from the many times he pulled quarters from my ears when I was little to trips to the camp to the hours watching him tie flies. He always had time for everyone as he had such a big heart. He was a wonderful person to all and that great laugh of his will be missed. Sincerely, Larry H.

  30. Tracey Purdy-Oickle

    There are people who touch your life with greatness of spirit and kindness of heart. I have fond childhood memories of spring Mayflower trips, Medway camp picnics with campfires, frogging, arrowhead collections, Jim’s tricks, searching for water with divining sticks, Christmas visits, (Jim always let you open a gift early and that was exciting & a big deal as a little kid!). My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. He was a great man who showed kindess to all and would teach anyone who asked the skills he knew, any knowledge he had he was willing to share. In this time of sadness remember:
    They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.
    – William Penn

  31. James and LInda Nicholson

    To Bob and Karen
    Please accept our condolences on your father’s passing, to you and your entire family. Although we never met your father, from the lovely remembrances written here, it would seem he lives on in his children.
    Our prayers are with at this time of farewell. Sincerely, James and Linda

  32. Judi & Ken

    Dear family

    Our sincere condolences to all. Jim held a special place in our hearts. Like your Mom, he was always there to help us when we were growing up. He was a good man and will be missed.

  33. Peggy Zwicker

    I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He was such a wonderful loving man and we had lots of good laughs. He will be truly missed.

  34. David, Sara , Megan , Patrick ,and John

    Bob and Karen, Kathi and Glenn, Tim, Frank and Debbie and families, my condolences to you and your family at this time. We will always have very fond memories of our trips to the camp and Milton with Jim’s magic tricks and jokes performed on me as a young boy and later for my children. He was a very talented and special person. God bless

  35. Susan and Garlent OIckle

    To all of Jims family . Jim was a man in a million he taught many things to many people like my son Joey from tying flies to trapping to hunting and calling birds and animals . Always think af the jokes and magic tricks he enjoyed telling and doing . I still have some of the special gifts he made like the washed and dryer and the quater pounder and last but not least the Port Medway mosquito. He will be missed by all who knew him . My prayers and thoughts are with you all

  36. Diane, Harry and Kathi Gordon

    Bob, Karen and family
    Sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Keeping you in my prayers.

  37. Anne-Marie Scott

    We were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We will always remember his smiles and the jokes. He was a true family man and a true gentleman. Growing up we spent many evenings trying to learn the tricks Jim showed us. We are grateful for the memories and the smiles we shared. To the family we know how hard it is to say goodbye but we know its not for good. God bless all.

  38. Ena Gillis

    Karen, Bob & Family. Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of Bob’s Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take care.

  39. Helen Lilly

    To Jim’s family: I was so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing,we had so much fun bowling years ago.He was a very fun-loving man and I know he will be missed by everyone that knew him. My thoughts and prayers go to all the family at this most difficult time.

  40. Karen & Hugh Minard

    Cathie & Glen, Bob & Karen, Frank and families: Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your Dad. He was a very special man. Keep all of your wonderful memories close to heart. Take care.

  41. Debbie and Gene Wamboldt

    Thinking of you in your time of need.Will always remember Jim for his witty remarks when working at the corner store in Milton

  42. Mike and Donna West

    Kathy, Glen, Frankie, Debbie and families,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your father and grandfather. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Take care.

  43. Geraldine Stevens Williams

    My sincere sympathy to Jim’s family at this sad time. My children also had quarters taken out of their ears and were amazed at that. I enjoyed his wildlife chats. He was so knowledgeable about nature. May God comfort you in your great loss.

  44. David Bryan

    Very sorry to hear of your loss,
    as a child I always enjoyed our visits
    to Milton and the stories my uncle Jim would tell.

    Thinking of him and the Family on this Day.

    Dave & Michelle Bryan of Dartmouth N.S.

  45. Brenda & Jeff Foley

    To Jim’s family,
    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, He was a very caring and entertaining man. I have very good memories of the tricks and jokes he used to show and play on me when I used to go to the Mersey Lodge with mom and dad. Our thoughts are with you.

  46. Rev Jen Garbin

    Dear Kathi and family – so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was an amazing man who, as long as I knew him, had a smile on his face and was quick to laugh. Will never forget the day I met him! Thank you for sharing him with us all all these years. Our prayers are with you – Jen and family

  47. Deb and Phil Melanson

    So sorry for your loss.Jim was a beloved figure in the community and will be missed by all.When I was a child he seemed larger than life with his magic tricks and jokes .When Fran passed I wanted so much to be able to pull her out from behind my ear like he used to do with quarters when I was small .I know that they are finally together again and though their loss is felt by all to have known them is a gift that is irreplaceable.Be strong .Our thoughts are with you.

  48. Cheryl and Chris Mansfield

    Our sincere condolences to all of the family. Your Dad was one of a kind and will always hold a special place in the hearts of all who knew him. Always a smile, a kind hearted man, and of course who doesn’t remember Jim’s magic tricks. A friend to all and it will be those wonderful memories that will get you through this difficult time.

  49. Debbie Spinney (Boudreau)

    Kathy and all your family….so sorry to hear of your dads passing..He was an awesome man….eager to help anyone and everyone…I hadnt seen Jim for many years and then i was to liverpool one weekend visiting my mom and we were in town and low and behold we were getting into our car when i looked up and there he was….i looked at him for a second and he smiled and said i havent seen you in ages but you still look the same …stop by to see us some time then he gave me a hug and off we went he sureley will be missed “HUGS to you all “

  50. Val and John Kempton

    Kathi and family – So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  51. Bev

    To all of Jim’s family , I want to express sincere condolences on the loss of your very special loved one . All of your lives were made richer because of the love and ” hands on” participation in your lives , from both Jim and Fran . The family pictures were wonderful , brimming with love and joy . Beautiful memories ….Love , Bev

  52. Bob and Karen Barnes

    Dear Kathi,Glenn and Family,
    We were very saddened to read of your Dad’s passing.We’re so sorry for the loss of this very special gentleman.Please accept our sincere condolences.

  53. Jean Larose et FPPQ employes and directors

    Dear Bob,
    In the name of directors and employees, I want to express our sincere condolences on the lost of your father.
    Our thoughts go to you and your family.

  54. Darlene Jepson (Cook)

    Magic Uncle Jim…..I will always remember you fondly & love you forever…..thoughts go out to all my cousins & their families

  55. Jan Ferguson-Harvie

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. I have so many special memories of his jokes, his arrowheads, and stories. A couple of years ago, Jim met my son Liam and made a lasting impression – Liam still circulates a couple of the jokes/gags that Jim pulled on him.
    Let those wonderful memories comfort you and keep him alive in your hearts
    Janice (Ferguson) Harvie and family

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