James 'Jim' Charles McGown passed away at the West Parry Sound Health Centre, on Saturday, May 4th, 2024. Age 90 years.

Jim was the son of John and Elzina McGown, and youngest brother to Harriet (Jack) Campbell and Jack Robert (Beryl) McGown. He and his late wife, Maureen McGown, stood together through good and hard times, even in death. They are together again after only a short time apart.

Jim was the cherished father of Marjorie (George) Moniz and Carrie (Jon) Nolan. He was a man of few words, yet his kindness and dedication to his family spoke volumes. Of his quiet demeanor, he would say that still waters ran deep. He had a quick wit and a deep love for the outdoors, particularly the Parry Sound area, where his roots ran deep.

Throughout his life, Jim found joy in building and creating. From the two family homes he built to carving wood and making pine needle baskets, his craftsmanship was evident in everything he touched. He also had a knack for playing pool, often emerging victorious with a smile on his face.

Jim's professional journey led him to Shaw Almex, where he dedicated over 35 years to customer service and product costing, including moving to Atlanta in the mid-eighties to help establish their operations there. His early years, however, were filled with diverse work experiences, including guiding canoe trips in Algonquin, commercial fishing, painting the trestle bridge, cutting grass at CIL, and painting lighthouses, including the iconic Red Rock Lighthouse.

He was a beloved grandfather to Amanda (Mark) Di Teodore and Eric (Samantha) Moniz, a great-grandfather to Riley (Cassie) Moniz, Mason Di Teodore, Chace Di Teodore, and Addison Moniz, and a great-great-grandfather to Olivia and Savannah Moniz. He will be deeply missed by his nephews, nieces, especially those from McGown Lake, and his lifelong carpool friends from Shaws.

Jim leaves behind a profound legacy of abiding love and unwavering strength that will continue to inspire all who knew him. His quiet resilience and steadfast dedication to his family serve as a beacon of light, guiding us through our grief and reminding us of the enduring impact of his presence in our lives.

As was Jim’s wish, cremation has taken place.

Private family graveside service and interment at Foley Memorial cemetery.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.


to Marjorie and Carrie and families, our hearts go out to you all .....please accept our condolences. As is mentioned, they are both together once again. Karen and Don Armstrong. Hugs

-Karen (Dixon) Armstrong

On behalf of Shaw Almex and the Shaw family I just want to say how much we enjoyed having Jim as part of the team both in Atlanta and Parry Soound. Always reliable always kind and gentle. Everybody remembers Jim fondly and he was never one to use a cross word or be anything other than positive attitude. Thanks for sharing him with us for 35 years!! Tim Shaw

-Tim Shaw

We are so sorry to hear of both your parents' passings. Dad was so fond of your father and their rides into work together. As little girls, your mom was our hairdresser and was so kind to all of us. Take comfort in knowing that they are now together again.
With sincere condolences,
Kathy Wilde and family

-The Wilde Family

How much is too much? Too much at once...Only our beloved Saviour knows the answer. Take comfort from those around you and draw near to the Lord. I pray that you can find comfort in cherished memories of both of your parents.
Sending hugs,

-Fawn Parks

My sincere condolences to Jim & Maureen's family. Jim was our landlord of the Beechwood Drive house for 11 years until it was sold and then demolished. I'm saddened to hear this news of both Jim & Maureen. Wishing you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

-Lynne Fraser