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James Stewart Shearer January 20, 1935 - June 5, 2021

We are saddened to announce the sudden passing of James Stewart Shearer. He was born January 20, 1935 in Bancroft, Ontario.

He is survived by wife Hilda (nee Jardine) of 64 years, son James and daughter-in-law Leianne, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Alicia and Andrew Saunders (Jonathan, Alexzander, Camryn and Maggie), James and Cathy Shearer (Amber, Jenna, Liam, Lily and Ava), Geoff and Carley Shearer (Haley, Jacob, Paisley, Jayden and Janae), and Alexzandria and Brock Penner (Seely), sister Irene and brother Jack (Mary), sister-in-law’s Joyce (Bob), Janice and Betty and numerous nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by parents Robert and Alma Shearer (nee Ferrill), brother Robert (Joyce), sister-in-law Jenny (Jack) and brother-in-law’s Howard (Irene), Bill (Janice) and Jim (Betty).

Jim past away suddenly at the age of 86 at the Dryden Regional Health Centre on Saturday, June 5, 2021 with his wife and son by his side with grandchildren and great grandchildren watching at the window.  He loved snow shoeing, bowling, stamp collecting, gardening, playing guitar and harmonica, watching hockey, going for a walk, fishing and computer puzzles.  His greatest joy was his family. He was enormously proud of each one, his final words to his grandchildren were “I love you each” and to his great grandchildren, “I wish I could walk in the field with you again”.  He always led in our family Christmas morning prayer.

A Private Family Service and Interment will take place at a later date.


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    Gord & Liz Munson says

    We have such great memories of Jim as he and Hilda faithfully loved us in our Youth Group at Faith Baptist, Whitby in the 60’s. We looked forward to our Friday nights at Youth and now we look forward to seeing Jim again, for we absolutely know that “Absent from the body, present with the Lord…”. We send our love to Hilda and the family. We hold you all in our hearts and in our prayers. ❤️

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      James D Shearer says

      Thank you Gord and Liz for your kind words. This time has been hard saying goodbye to dad. We both looked back on their time in youth ministry in Oshawa and Whitby with fond memories and gratefulness. We have been blessed with the time God has allowed us to be together. May God continue to bless you both and your family.
      Hilda and family.

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    Juanita Hinkley says

    So sorry to hear about Jim passing. Don’t know if you remember me from Margaret I was only 13 and you hired me to do ironing for you I went to the Baptist church. I never forgot you or Jim for your kindness to me. My deepest sympathies to you and your son take care Hilliard

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      James D Shearer says

      Thank you Anita for your kind words and memory of my mom and dad. Yes my mom does remember you very much and how much of a blessing you were to our family during our time in Margaree. Both my mom and dad have looked upon our Time there with great fond memories. Thank you so much for your kind words. May God continue to bless you and your family.

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    Lachie Macfadden says

    A kind and gentle sole has been loss. He had many gifts to give. May he watch down upon us and guide us. Prays for the family. Wish his wife many blessings.

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      Leianne says

      Thank you for your kind words and yiour encouragement.

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    Theodora Killiard says

    James and family… I am so sorry to read of the Loss of Mr. Shearer. He sounds like a man who was well loved by his family…and a man who loved his family. My Sincere Condolences. Theo Whalen Killiard.

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      James D Shearer says

      Thank you so much for your thoughts and kind words. We will indeed miss my dad but one day we will be together again as a family. May God bless you and yours.

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    Ron & Wanda Rhyner says

    We are so very sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort and peace as you grieve, and, joyful hearts as you cherish your memories.

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      Leianne says

      Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.

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    Patrick Yap says

    Jim and Hilda welcomed us with opened arms when we first attended Ajax Baptist Church along with all the church family in 1988. Both Jim and Hilda’s friendship and kindness will not be forgotten. Till we meet again Jim one day.

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      James D Shearer says

      Thank you Patrick for your kindness that you have shown to my mom and dad over the years. That often would speak of you and your family many times. Thank you for being such a friend to him throughout the years.

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    Douglas McMillan says

    Our dear Jim will be missed!
    Our 55 breakfasts will not be the same without his great love for each us and his sense of houmor! A real Godly man he will be missed.

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      James D Shearer says

      Thank you Doug and Michelle for your prayers and thoughts. He very much enjoyed his time out with the 55 plus group. Enjoyed getting together and listening and of course sharing his tributes about the Toronto Maple Leafs. Thank you so much again God bless

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    Elsie Keetch says

    We are deeply sorry for your loss, please know we are only a phone call away. With warm thoughts and prayers for your family ! Jim will be missed and remembered.
    Elsie Keetch, Richard & Pat Keetch, Cathy Keetch, Carolyn & Mike Keetch Cachia

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      James D Shearer says

      Thank you so much for your love and your prayers, the flowers and so many of the precious blessings that you and your family have given to us and have been to us throughout the past 50 years. You have all been so a part of my Mom and Dad’s life. Thank you so much for bringing so much joy and happiness into our family’s lives. May God continue to bless you and your family.

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    Terry & Connie says

    Jim, Leianne and family, so sorry to hear of Granpa’s passing. Enjoyed the times we came to visit. He was very young at heart and loved to play with his great grandchildren. It was a pleasure to have known him. Keeping you in our prayers.

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      Leianne says

      Thank you for your love and prayers. I know he loved visiting with you both and would often try to speak with aNewfie accent. His grandkids were definitely his greatest joy❤️

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    Sara & Wilf says

    Hi Jim & Leianne

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I always remember the smile he had on his face. He was such a kind loving man. Hugs to you and all your family.

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    Pastor Dave and Louise Gagnon says

    A great and loyal friend who will be missed. Prayers for the family .

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    Pastor Dave and Louise Gagnon says

    A great and loyal friend who will be sorely missed. We have many special memories. Our love and prayers go out to Hilda and the entire family.

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      Hilda Shearer says

      Thank you Dave and Louise for your prayers and support throughout the years. We are also grateful for the memories and your friendship extended to us both while in Bobcaygeon.

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    Duane and Doris Chrysler says

    God bless you Hilda, and your family. We have lots of good and lovely memories.

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      Hilda Shearer says

      I am grateful for your loyal friendship throughout the years. Thank you for your prayers and phone calls that have helped to support me during this time. May God continue to bless you.

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    F. Wayne Mac Leod says

    Had a big impact on my life in my teen years in Cape Breton.

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      James D Shearer says

      Thank you Wayne for remembering my dad. He would often mention his times with you and your dad and the times that we all spend together in Cape North. May God continue to bless you and your ministry.

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    Loretta Harvey says

    Sending love and prayers to Hilda, James and family. We have such fond memories of your beloved Jim. He was such a great friend to my dad for the years my parents lived and died in Dryden. Picking my dad up for bowling and church once he could no longer drive, sitting in his nursing home playing their instruments together, sharing so many laughs and reading God’s word together and then watching hockey games. His loving friendship will never be forgotten and they are now in Heaven together waiting for the rest of us to join them one day. God comfort your hearts at this time. Loretta and Wayne Harvey of Halifax

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      James D Shearer says

      Loretta and Wayne, thank you so much for your loving prayers and support during this time. We remember dad so loving his time together with your dad! We remember my mom so loving her friendship with your mom. They were good friends and companions to each other. Dad, Mom, Leianne and I have often remarked about their love and compassion for souls to know Jesus. Above the hockey, stamps, music, preaching, bowling and all the other things that they had in common their love for Jesus Christ topped everything in their life. Thank you so much for your prayers for our family.

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    Doug Shearer and family says

    Aunt Hilda, Jim and family: We were so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Uncle Jim. We know your strong faith, combined with your cherished memories of Uncle Jim, will sustain you. Take Care!

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      James D Shearer says

      Thank you Doug for your thoughts and prayers and that of your entire family. If there is hockey and baseball where your dad and my dad are I know that they’ll be in the front of the bleachers yelling their lungs out and being glad that they’re not on Skype anymore. May God bless you and your family.

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    Grant Bjornson says

    Jim was a good friend, and always a gentleman. He will be remembered. I think he spread goodwill wherever he went.
    My condolences to Hilda, Jim Jr. and the family.
    Grant Bjornson

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      Hilda Shearer says

      Thank you Grant for your kind words. Jim remembered with fondness the many times that you both were together. He enjoyed your company and always finding him something to do. May God continue to bless you.

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