Jim passed peacefully at his home in Collingwood, surrounded by his family on Thursday, November 30, 2023, in the 88th year of his beautiful and joyful life. Beloved husband of Ellen Gott (Downey) for 66 years, during which they built a family that he was so incredibly proud of. Loving dad to Jamie & Sandy Gott, Will Gott & Greg Weland, and Mark Gott & Corinna McFarlane. Treasured Grandpa / Papa of Crystal Gott & Patrick Morris, Justin and Carolyn Gott, James Gott & David Benoit, Tristan Eagles & Derrick Cummins, and Noah Hooper. Adoring Great Grandpa to Olivia Howe, Ian Howe, Everett Howe, Elijah Howe, Allison Gott, Graham Gott, Claire Gott, and Sloan Eagles. Dear brother of Edward, Beverly, Jill and predeceased by Margaret and William. Loved by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Jim lived each day fully and with a positive outlook. He worked very hard while always putting his family first, and being a fierce defender of the people he loved. He showed anyone he met acceptance and saw the best in everyone he knew. His family was lucky enough to receive things like nightly phone calls, coffee and homemade biscuit visits, and frequent family get-togethers where good food and hugs were a must! Much of his retirement was spent in his wood shop making us all beautiful, one-of-a-kind wooden furniture, that we treasure immeasurably and will pass on through the generations. He always said he got more out of giving gifts than receiving them.
It is hard to put into words the positive impact and lasting impression Jim had, and will continue to have on his family and community. The world has lost a great man, but he wanted to leave us all with two messages:
- “If you have trouble finding joy in your heart, try doing something nice for someone. It will fill you right up. And if you can’t help someone, do them no harm.”
- “We have to pay attention to our children. Respect them and they will grow up to respect each other. We need to show our children love, and they will be just fine.”
Finally, to our wonderful patriarch who taught us so much, we’ve “enjoyed you immensely”, and a life such as yours “would win at the fair”.
Following Jim’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place Spring/Summer 2024.
Condolences for the family may be offered at www.EganFuneralHome.com – or any good stories about Jim; he always loved a good story!