In Memory

Jim Farley (Class Of 1970)

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11/20/10 12:27 PM #1    

Lois Farley (Class Of 1974)

James Blair Farley (Jim) was born in Brandon General Hospital on May 16, 1952 and grew up on the family farm on Hwy 353, the Brookdale road.  He attended the one-room country school at Glanton for Grades 1-8 (1958-65) then went to Elton Collegiate for Grades 9-12.  Jim was a natural athlete and excelled at most sports, especially track and field - he usually brought home every red ribbon for running, high jump and long jump.  He also played all the usual school sports - he wasn't a competitive person by nature, he just loved sports.  He graduated from Grade 12 in 1970.  He went on to take his Psychiatric Nursing degree at BMHC and was in the 50th graduating class, 1973.  He worked at BMHC for a year then backpacked in Europe and Morocco for a year.  On his return he moved to Vancouver where he nursed at St. Paul's and Vancouver General from 1974-80.  Being a "green thumb" he loved the mild climate in Vancouver with year-round gardening and no mosquitoes!  He did a lot of sailing, skiing, hiking and biking while living in Vancouver.  The budget cuts in B.C. hospitals in 1980 made him reconsider Manitoba and he returned to BMHC, then moved to Winnipeg in 1981 to take a position at the Health Sciences Centre.  He worked on the newly formed eating disorders ward until the fall of 1986 when illness forced him to retire.  Sadly, Jim died from complications of AIDS on March 9, 1987 and is buried at Madford Cemetery beside our infant sister Laurine and our parents, Ruth and Roy.

This September my two daughters and I walked in the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life in Jim's memory and raised over $500 to help support Manitobans living with AIDS.

Anyone who knew Jim during his school days and after know he had an incredibly quick wit and great sense of humour (sometimes a bit dark and irreverant!).  He had a gracious and giving nature and a huge heart.  He was a wonderful brother and an even better friend and he is greatly missed every day.

03/09/11 06:44 PM #2    

Allan Christie (Class Of 1973)

You know Lois, Jim was one of the most truly lovely souls I ever met.  We worked together at BMHC and then later, when I went to work in Vancouver at St Paul's so many people, once they learned where I was from, asked about him as well. He was loved everywhere he went.


And so he should have been.

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