James (Jim) Arthur Donaldson,
age 90, peacefully passed away on November 25th at his Dunnville
home surrounded by loved ones. He was preceded in death by
his wife, Virginia R. (Rausch) Donaldson.
He is survived
by his children Carol J. Donaldson, Kate Donaldson, Samantha
Donaldson (Mark), James Donaldson and Patrick Donaldson (Tammy).
His grandchildren James J. Donaldson, Michael Donaldson
(Rebecca), Cheryl Donaldson and Nicole Mitchell (Brian).
His great grandchildren Michael Donaldson Jr. and Christopher
Known as "Jimmy" to his brothers and sisters, he is
survived by his brother and sister-in-law David and Mona
Donaldson and his brother-in-law Don Jarvis. He is predeceased
by his parents James D. Donaldson and Mable Irene (Skinner)
Donaldson and his brothers and sisters and their spouses,
William Donaldson, Charles Donaldson, Ted and Marie Donaldson,
Ellen and Bud Holland and Norma Jarvis.
Jim was born on
Tobin Island in Canada on November 6, 1926. When he was a young
lad, he and his siblings helped their mother add a second story
to the house although it was amazing it was ever built as he and
his brothers were always into mischief. During WWII when he was
14 years old, he forged a birth certificate and joined the
Canadian army and was placed in the medical corp. He was due to
ship out when it was discovered his birth certificate was a
forgery and he was sent home. The following year his mother
signed a form that allowed him to serve in the military. As a
young man he worked at many jobs including for the railroad, in
the ice house, gardener and being a chauffeur. His employer Mr.
Irwin Miller asked Jim to come and work in the United States for
him. During the time of employment with Mr. Miller, Jim found
out he was going to be drafted into the United States army.
Jim took matters into his own hands and joined the Air Force
where he served for 23 years. Jim traveled the world as a United
States Air Force aircraft mechanic for the Strategic Air
Command. His family frequently did not know where he was due to
the type of aircraft he worked on (SR-71 and fighters). He
served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Jim retired
in 1973 as a Senior Master Sergeant and went to work for
the Civil Service repairing aircraft engines.
time in the military and civil service he worked part time jobs
around his full time work schedule. One of the part time
jobs enjoyed the most was game warden in the Spenceville
Wildlife area. Jim was a firm believer in education. He took
college classes throughout his life and encouraged his children
and grandchildren to obtain a good education.
many friends all over the world, he would talk to people anytime
and anywhere. He was known among all that if you needed help, he
would be there. Jim was also well known for his enjoyment of a
good prank and play many a trick on people. Most people
knew him for his positive attitude, his willingness to help and
the ability to see through problems to a solution.
loves were many, his family came first and foremost. He also
loved photography, gardening, pranks, traveling, meeting people,
dogs and eventually cats, nature and the outdoors. He was
He passed along to his children his work
ethic, his integrity and his never give up attitude.
He will be missed.