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Alfred James (Jim) Grisdale passed away peacefully at the West Parry Sound Health Centre, on Wednesday, January 1st, 2020. Age 88 years.

Beloved husband of Lynn for 51 years. Loving father of Sheri Baker and her husband Dean Courtenay, and James Grisdale and his wife Kim. Dear Papa of Brook, Jamie, James, Alyssa, Brittany, Krista, Danielle, and Kathleen. Dear brother of Emily, Stella (John), Yvonne, George (Ruth), and the late Marie, Peter, Marshall, Victoria, Helen, Elizabeth, and Theresa. Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A Celebration of Jim’s life will take place at the Logan Funeral Home, 81 James Street, Parry Sound (705-746-5855) on Sunday, January 12th at 1:00 P.M. Reception to follow.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.


Lynn, Sheri, Jimmy and family,
You were so blessed to have such a wonderful, gentle and sweet man in your lives for so long. My deepest condolences on the passing of Jim. May your fond memories lighten your hearts at this time. Love forever.... Chris xo

-Christine Carvalho

So sorry to hear of the passing of “Mr. Jim” he was such a kind man - could always count on a smile and a great campfire song. My condolences to his family.

-Brenda Gray

So sorry to hear that Jim passed away. He was a great guy, always with a joke or a laugh. I always enjoyed talking to him. He was a pillar of the Woods Bay community and he will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolences to all of the family.

-Nancy Beatty

Dear Lynn and family
Please accept out deepest condolences. Jim was consistently welcoming, friendly and helpful and we always enjoyed chatting when he was about.
So sorry for your loss.
Ann, Kurt, Kelly Smith

-Ann Smith

Dear Lynn and family. I am so truly sorry to ear about Jim’s death. I am sure I am only one among many who will say that Jim was a True Treasure! Being my first contact at the time I ventured upon cottage ownership on The Bay 25 years ago, he has always been supportive, informative and very personally helpful to me ( and my whole gang), not to mention humorous to boot! He will be so very missed. May he continue with the Guitar rather than taking up the Harp!

-Margaret Fischer

I was so sorry to hear that Uncle Jim has passed away. We are thinking of you all at this time. Sending you all lots of love.

Aislynn, Mike, Wyatt and Iris Garside

-Aislynn Garside

Uncle Jim. I will always remember him when he used to come to the farm and bring his guitar and play a song songs. We have lost a very special man. May he rest in peace .

-Keith J. Thompson

Dear Auntie Lyn and family members, my deepest condolences to you all on the passing of Uncle Jim. I am sorry that I will not be there for the Celebration of Life as I am in B.C. I am sure fond memories will be shared along with funny stories. He always liked my Pineapple Upside down cake and even talked about it the last time I saw him. Love to all. Another great man has moved on. Stay strong. Love Deborah MacDonald

-Deborah MacDonald

Dear Lynn & Family
We are very saddened to hear of Jim's passing. We have wonderful memories of Jim greeting us on our arrival every weekend with his ready smile and news on the Bay. We will miss him dearly. Our sincere condolences to all of the Grisdale family.
Sue & Soren

-Sue Madsen

A wonderful man that we have had the pleasure of knowing for 22 years. Always available to shake hands with, big smiles, chatting ,laughing and just enjoying time with. Always a kind word for everyone. If you knew Wood’s Bay you knew Jim.
You will be sorely missed sir.
We hope you find that perfect fishing spot on your travels.

-Jeff and Susan Catlin

Dear Lynn, Sheri, James, and family,

We were so sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. Our thought and hearts are will you all. Jim will be be missed on Woods Bay. He was such a presence on the bay - always with a big smile and greeting at the marina or a hearty wave as he went by in the water taxi.

-Richard Crouch

We are so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. Jim was the gentleman of gentlemen. His friendship with each of us individually and to the Club as a whole will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

-Pennsylvania Club

Lynn James, and Family,

Please accept my sincere condolences for your great loss.

Jim was a great guy and I enjoyed every moment I got to spend with him.

Jim Haas

-Jim Haas

It was with great sadness as I read of Jim’s passing. I’ve been going to the Pa. Club for over 30 years and always looked forward to talking to Jim at the dock. He will be certainly missed by all of us who were proud to call him a friend.

-Ted Montgomery

To Lynn and family,
Saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. Jim always had a smile and a kind word when we arrived at Woods Bay 26 years ago. He will be missed,
Stirling & Susanne Sublett

-Stirling & Susanne Sublett

Been going to PA Club since early 60s. Jim was the guy with smile and great attitude. He will be missed by all. My condolences on your l

-Tom Getty

Sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. I knew him for over fifty years from the time that we put in our first dock. I remember several times that we got together at Gord Rhuloff's for singing and guitar playing by both of them. We will all miss this very special man.

Larry & Mary Ellen Cronkwright

-Larry Cronkwright

Jim was a great neighbour. When we would meet on the road, he always had time for a chat and told wonderful stories about life on the bay. He will be missed.

-Beverly and Peter Dean

My deepest sympathy to you James and your family, your father was a great guy. It was my pleasure to speak with him at the dock on the way in to the club. Again, my condolences to you and the family.
Noga-PA Club

-Russell S. Noga

Jimmy always took time to talk and make you feel part of the Woods Bay family. His smile, stories and friendliness will stay with us forever. Our sincere condolences to Lynn and the family.

Johanne and Peter Haans

-Johanne and Peter Haans

Lynn, Sheri, James & families.

Very sad to hear of Jim's passing. We have great memories of our times at Woods Bay Camp over many, many years. Jim always welcomed us with smiles and hugs. He was like a brother to Mom Young. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. R.I.P. Jim

Pat, Jason & Tracey Morey

-Pat Mory

My condolences for all family and friends. I first met Jim about 25 years ago when my family began to visit Fischer Island. Jim would always meet us at the dock with a warm smile and good cheer. His knowledge and love for the area was obvious and made it that much more special to travel there. Jim and my father Don had a lot in common and it was always great to watch them interact. On behalf on my parents, my wife and myself condolences and best wishes to Jim's family and friends.

-Aaron Gervais

I'm so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He will be missed.
Jim was the corner stone of Woods Bay.
His love of music was so great. His eyes would light up at the thought of playing his beloved Martin Guitar. He was a friend to all of us in Iron City Fishing Club and loved to play at our Hootenannies.

Play it one more time for me Jim

John Boak

-John Boak ICFC

We are so lucky to have known Jim and are saddened to hear of your loss.

I will miss hearing his stories of a time gone by and of adventures that some of us can only dream of.

Matt, Ashley & Jesse

-Matt Hamilton

Dear Lynn, Sheri and James,
For the 40+ years that we have camped and then cottaged in the area Jim always greeted us with a warm welcome upon arrival. He went out of his way to do kind things for us and always had a smile on his face.
We could start talking about a certain shoal or fishing spot and because he knew the name or nickname of each rock, island, and cottage (and I did not) we could very easily get caught up in trying to agree upon the same location of a rock or shoal. Fantastic memories!
He will be sadly missed by everyone.
Paul & Barb Brickus

-Paul Brickus

Our deepest condolences to the Grisdale family from all the Trudeau family. Our thoughts are with you.

-Mark & Maria Trudeau

We will always remember Jim as a happy and vibrant man, who enjoyed life as much as he did his family. He was a great Ambassador for the Woods Bay area. Our heartfelt condolences to a wonderful family as we remember a wonderful man.

Rob and Trudy Hughes, and family

-Robert Hughes

Lynn, Sheri and family

Our condolences on your loss. We are thinking of you at this difficult time and wish you strength as you move forward.

Steve, Trish, Codey and Lauren Boers

-The Boers Family

We extend our sympathy to all of Jim's family, friends and community members. Jim was a gracious host when we arrived at Wood's Bay Marine many years ago. We were always warmly welcomed and treated to his light hearted, pleasant, friendly and helpful demeanor. We will especially remember him for his historical knowledge of the bay. We will miss him with you. Herb, Carol, Ben, Julia and Luke Durrer

-Herb and Carol Durrer

Without words! One of the best human beings in the world. I’m blessed to have know him almost my entire life- enjoyed his infectious smile, charm, generosity and of course his wonderful guitar playing and yodeling. The world is a little less bright! My love and prayers to all of his family!

-Danielle Dixon (Laska) & Family

Lynn and family,
After 68 years of friendship with the Grisdale family, we will certainly miss Jim's warm and friendly smile. We will miss his welcoming personality and his stories of Woods Bay. He was always a kind and helpful soul. Our condolences to you all, our thoughts are with you.

The Woszack and DiGravio families

-Susan & Bruno DiGravio

My condolences to my aunt and cousins. I have many memories of Uncle Jim from my childhood - all the times he played guitar and sang at our house parties. I remember when, as a very young child, he would bring a bag of candy to our home. He loved to see our little faces light up when my little brothers and myself would come running after hearing him rattle the candy bag. He had a kind heart, and will be missed.
Betty C.

-Betty Cascanette

Dear Lynn, James, Kim and family, I first met Mr. Grisdale in 1986 when I stayed at Valabelle Lodge. From that moment on he was very kind, always accommodating, a wealth of fishing knowledge. Never had the pleasure of having him as a guide, but we used all the spots he told us to fish and they always worked. Up until last year he was there to greet us, he will be deeply missed, please accept our condolences, The Guys From Cabin 2 and Cabin 4 for the May Crappie Trip.

-John Rudyk

We are all so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was such a warm, caring man, and a guy who was always there for you, with that great sense of humour that would lift your heart. He was an original that will be sorely missed. Our condolences to his family.

-Scott and Helen McDowell

Auntie Lynn and family- I was sad to hear of Uncle Jim’s passing. I have so many great memories of him at Woods Bay when I was a little girl.....spending time with my Grandma and Grandpa in the cottage, with my dad in his camper, visiting Uncle Bud and Aunt Dorothy...all the fish fry’s. Listening to him play guitar, talking about the best fishing spots- the list goes on. I’m so thankful to have these memories of my childhood and wish you peace and strength during this time.

-April Scott-Nichols

Dear Lynn and family,
We were saddened to hear of Jim's passing in the New Year. He was a very special person and always had time to stop his work and chat. He was so welcoming, helpful, and had a great sense of humour. His presence on the Bay will be missed by all.

-Dave and Julia Webster

The Dalton family has a history with the Grisdale family. When Jim learned that I brought my guitar to the island years ago, we soon were jamming. He taught me a few things in music and in life. I will miss him. Scott Dalton.

-Scott Dalton

I am so sorry to hear about Mr Grisdale's passing. I am the granddaughter of Charlie and Inez Repar and spent all of my childhood summers at Woods Bay.
My fondest memories of Mr Grisdale included all the times he came to our campfires and sang and yodelled and played his guitar. As a kid, he was a star in my eyes. Generous and kind. He even brought in a load of sand for me when I was small to give me the beach I asked about!
With love in my heart, I send you my deepest condolences.

Natalie Hummer

-Natalie Hummer