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Harding; James “Jim” Stewart

Posted By Obits On February 26, 2013 @ 8:18 am In Obituaries | 66 Comments


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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Condolence from MORRIS MACLEOD on February 26th, 2013 8:57 am


Condolence from Celie & Chuck Gallison and family on February 26th, 2013 9:16 am

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

Condolence from Pam/Brian Foley on February 26th, 2013 9:50 am

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.

Condolence from Lucie Verdon on February 26th, 2013 10:10 am

To Bob , Karen and all of the extended harding family, my sincere condolences.


Condolence from Noweta Nickerson, Ron Zwicker and Vincent Oickle on February 26th, 2013 10:16 am

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 ..

Condolence from Hamweys on February 26th, 2013 10:41 am

We all loved our funny and good natured Uncle.

Condolence from paul whynot on February 26th, 2013 10:46 am

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.

Condolence from Steve and Anne MacDonald on February 26th, 2013 11:12 am

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.

Condolence from Janet and George Fletcher on February 26th, 2013 12:26 pm

We were sorry to hear about Jim. Our thoughts and our prayers are with your family.

Condolence from Board or Directors – PEI Hog Marketing Board on February 26th, 2013 12:34 pm

To Bob, Karen & family, our thoughts are with you in your loss.

Condolence from Brad, Debbie, Aleighsha and Courtney on February 26th, 2013 12:55 pm

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.

Condolence from Karen Lichtenegger on February 26th, 2013 1:23 pm

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.

Condolence from Peter and Susan Truelove and family on February 26th, 2013 1:29 pm

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

Condolence from Susan mosher-richards on February 26th, 2013 1:34 pm

Sorry for your loss,thinking of all of you at this time of saddness.

Condolence from Jeannie & Gerard Carpenter on February 26th, 2013 1:59 pm

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

Condolence from Pamela (WEST) Stewart on February 26th, 2013 2:12 pm

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.

Condolence from Julio on February 26th, 2013 2:22 pm

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.

Condolence from Normand Martineau directeur CSHB on February 26th, 2013 2:55 pm

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

Condolence from Duff and Patty on February 26th, 2013 3:12 pm

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.

Condolence from Virginia Whynot on February 26th, 2013 3:14 pm

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

Condolence from Dale and Kimberley Foley on February 26th, 2013 3:32 pm

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

Condolence from Cavell Nowe on February 26th, 2013 3:52 pm

Sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Lana Grezaud on February 26th, 2013 5:16 pm

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

Condolence from Patti Neilson-Fraser on February 26th, 2013 5:57 pm

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

Condolence from shannon jollimore on February 26th, 2013 7:11 pm

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

Condolence from Bob and Brenda Lohnes on February 26th, 2013 7:16 pm

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.

Condolence from Marina Jesso {MacLeod} on February 26th, 2013 8:19 pm

Jim’s family, so very sorry for your loss.My prayers are with you at this sad time.

Condolence from Becky (Jollimore) Long on February 26th, 2013 11:47 pm

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.

Condolence from Gerry & Phyllis Leaman on February 27th, 2013 1:09 am

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

Condolence from To the family on February 27th, 2013 3:00 am

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.

Condolence from Janet Wolfe (Freeman) on February 27th, 2013 5:21 am

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.

Condolence from Susan and Butch MacLeod on February 27th, 2013 5:33 am

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.

Condolence from Paula, Brent, Brady and Jake Matheson on February 27th, 2013 7:15 am

Karen, Bob and Family:

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

Condolence from Karyn Kempton (niece) on February 27th, 2013 8:50 am

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

Condolence from Sue Beaumont on February 27th, 2013 10:09 am

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

Condolence from Stewart Cressman Director CSHB on February 27th, 2013 10:57 am

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.

Condolence from Larry Huskins on February 27th, 2013 11:35 am

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.

Condolence from Tracey Purdy-Oickle on February 27th, 2013 3:12 pm

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

Condolence from James and LInda Nicholson on February 27th, 2013 3:25 pm

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

Condolence from Judi & Ken on February 27th, 2013 3:58 pm

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.

Condolence from Peggy Zwicker on February 27th, 2013 4:50 pm

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.

Condolence from David, Sara , Megan , Patrick ,and John on February 27th, 2013 6:32 pm

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

Condolence from Susan and Garlent OIckle on February 27th, 2013 7:00 pm

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

Condolence from Diane, Harry and Kathi Gordon on February 27th, 2013 7:14 pm

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

Condolence from Anne-Marie Scott on February 27th, 2013 9:18 pm

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.

Condolence from Ena Gillis on February 28th, 2013 4:47 am

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.

Condolence from Helen Lilly on February 28th, 2013 9:43 am

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.

Condolence from Karen & Hugh Minard on February 28th, 2013 11:23 am

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.

Condolence from Debbie and Gene Wamboldt on February 28th, 2013 3:07 pm

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

Condolence from Vernon & Joyce Hawkes on February 28th, 2013 7:11 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Condolence from Mike and Donna West on March 1st, 2013 5:48 am

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.

Condolence from Geraldine Stevens Williams on March 1st, 2013 7:10 am

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.

Condolence from David Bryan on March 1st, 2013 7:47 am

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.

Condolence from Brenda & Jeff Foley on March 1st, 2013 8:55 am

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.

Condolence from Rev Jen Garbin on March 1st, 2013 12:45 pm

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

Condolence from Deb and Phil Melanson on March 1st, 2013 1:19 pm

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.

Condolence from Cheryl and Chris Mansfield on March 1st, 2013 2:06 pm

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.

Condolence from Judy Parmell on March 2nd, 2013 6:52 am

So sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Condolence from Debbie Spinney (Boudreau) on March 2nd, 2013 7:50 pm

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 “

Condolence from Val and John Kempton on March 3rd, 2013 6:56 am

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

Condolence from Bev Stewart on March 4th, 2013 1:14 am


Condolence from Bev on March 4th, 2013 1:45 am

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

Condolence from Bob and Karen Barnes on March 7th, 2013 9:09 am

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.

Condolence from Jean Larose et FPPQ employes and directors on March 12th, 2013 2:11 pm

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.

Condolence from Darlene Jepson (Cook) on March 21st, 2013 9:16 pm

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

Condolence from Jan Ferguson-Harvie on March 22nd, 2013 2:19 pm

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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