MACNABB, James “Jimmy”
On the beautiful morning of Monday, January 4, 2016, while fairies were dancing on the fresh new snow, our Dad was scooped up, most probably by Saint Teresa, and carried off to join our mama, Pearl (Roberts-Fanning), who’s heart he’s missed for the past three years. Also his Dad and Mom, Jack and May (MacKinnon), brothers and sisters Frankie, Mary (Andy) Cannon, and Marion Hazelwood, the chain will no longer be broken. Jimmy was born on September 21, 1923 in Grand Tracadie. He had an adventurous soul and spent his childhood roaming through woods and following streams. At the age of 16 he went overseas first with the P.E.I. Highlanders and then with the West Nova Scotia Regiment. Over the next 5 years he would develop some of the closest and strongest relationships of his life. He was very much looking forward to seeing those guys again. Our Jimmy was a romantic husband. He often wrote poetry and stories and brought our mom flowers and he made our lives magical. He made every fairy tale come to life, he fixed every hurt, he kissed us and hugged us and loved and taught us. He was funny and witty. He was a kind, gentle man with friends as well as family. He was first and foremost a fisherman and loved the water. He was a jack of all trades and thanks to his knack for plumbing, most of the out houses in the area were demolished by the mid sixties. He dabbled in wood working, put paint to the canvas, he was an inventor of some pretty scary but enthralling projects and a concoctor of some questionable medicinal brews from time to time. He was a teller of stories, always interesting, never boring. He witnessed the Zeppelin, Halley’s Comet and most recently Victor Clow’s Christmas display and thought they were all pretty amazing. Now he’s off on his biggest adventure yet. He’ll be having some good times. Waiting here, smiling through some tears are his children, Betty (Fanning) Watts, Carrie (Tim Banks), Roy (Brenda), Lionel (Connie McInnis), Cindy (Tony Arbing); his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; in-laws, the late Clarence, Bob, the late Frank, Bev Culligan, the late George, Carl and the late Fred Roberts. Resting at the Hennessey Cutcliffe Charlottetown Funeral Home until Friday afternoon, then transferred to St. Michaels’s Church, Corran Ban for funeral mass at 3:30 p.m. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Charlottetown Branch #1 of the Royal Canadian Legion will hold a Veterans Tribute Service at the funeral home on Thursday at 4:45 p.m. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Home Care Palliative Care or the CNIB. Online condolences may be made at www.islandowned.ca.