JAMES ERIC I VERSEN

The Globe and Mail (Ottawa/Quebec Edition) - - BIRTH AND DEATH NOTICES -

( Jim)

Peace­fully on Fri­day No­vem­ber 2, 2018 in his ninety-ninth year, af­ter a brief stay in hos­pi­tal.

Jim was pre­de­ceased by his beloved wife, Mary (Mol­son). He is sur­vived by his dear sis­ter, Marie (Ken); and his chil­dren, Chris­tine, Erik (Gil­lian), DeeDee (Paul), Stu­art (Anouk), and Jay; his grand­chil­dren, Sarah, Rachel, Ni­cholas, Emma Lee, Leif, Patrick, Zoe, Jonathan, Amy, Adam and Alexis; great-grand­chil­dren, Hazel, Isaac, Willa, Asher, Noah, Alexan­dra, Wy­att and Alice. Jim was born on July 23, 1920 in Win­nipeg to Knud Iversen and Emma Gil­lies. He lived with his fam­ily in New York and Mon­treal, grad­u­at­ing from Westhill High School be­fore join­ing the Royal Cana­dian Air Force. He served as a radar spe­cial­ist with bomber squadrons in the north of Eng­land. Af­ter the war he grad­u­ated from McGill with an MA in English. On Septem­ber 24, 1947, Jim and Mary mar­ried and they had five chil­dren. An in­trepid and grace­ful skier, Jim en­joyed many won­der­ful win­ters at the Red­birds Ski Club, and with friends and fam­ily on the slopes of Hill 70 and else­where in the St. Sau­veur val­ley. Jim was also an en­thu­si­as­tic golfer, skeet shooter (‘100 Straight Club’), fish­er­man, and lover of sports, es­pe­cially hockey and the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens.

Jim’s en­tire pro­fes­sional ca­reer was at Selwyn House School where he taught English, French and Math, and coached the ski team. He also served as As­sis­tant Head­mas­ter and Univer­sity guid­ance coun­sel­lor. For­mer stu­dents re­mem­ber him for his hu­mour, elo­quent in­struc­tion and sense of jus­tice cham­pi­oning the un­der­dog.

The fam­ily wishes to thank the team of health care pro­fes­sion­als who looked af­ter Jim in the Or­tho­pe­dic Trauma Unit (12th Floor East) of the Mon­treal Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. The fam­ily also thanks Jim’s de­voted care­givers Les­ley, Shan­thi, Mau­reen, Grace, Carol, Dorothy and Rosa. A pri­vate fam­ily fu­neral was held on No­vem­ber 7 in Mon­treal.

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