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James “Jim” Seeley August 8, 1939 - October 9, 2021

James (Jim) Charles Seeley passed away peacefully at home on October 9, 2021, at 82 years old.

Jim was born in Grassie/Grimsby, Ontario and moved to Dryden in the 1960s.    He owned and operated Dryden and Red Lake Funeral Chapels from 1965 until his retirement in 1994.

Jim is survived by his wife Louise, his daughters Joanne Leitch (Tony) of Burlington, Donna Lemoing (Dan) of Calgary, Laurie Hoel (Steve) of Winnipeg, and Karen Seeley of Dryden. He is also survived by his grandchildren Killeen and Ciara Leitch, Nicholas (Lauren), Benjamin, and Jacob Lemoing, James Pihulak-Seeley (Bea), and Brandon Hoel (Shea), and his great-granddaughter Wylder Hoel.

He is survived by brothers Robert (Rachel) of Maramachi, NB, and Joseph (Jane) of London, ON.  Jim was predeceased by his first wife Evelyn Vanetti in 1970.

Visitation will take place on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 6 – 8 p.m. with Prayers at 7 p.m. at the Dryden Community Funeral Home.

A Funeral Mass will take place on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Alan Campeau officiating.

Interment will follow in the Dryden Cemetery.


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    Donna says

    My sincerest condolences on ur loss of Jim so many fond memories growing up snd visiting with my dad.Such a sweet kind caring man always loved chatting with him.

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      Mildred Davies says

      So sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. He boarded at my husband Terry’s mother’s place when he first came to Dryden, and although we moved from Dryden, we always tried to touch base and have a chat when we came back to visit. My sincerest condolences
      Mildred Davies

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    Sten & Sharon Lif says

    To Louise & Family we offer our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Jim, your husband and father and our very dear friend and offer this thought,
    “You can remember him only that he is gone,
    Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,
    You can cry and close your mind,
    Be empty and turn your back,
    Or you do what he”d want:
    Smile, open your eyes,
    Love and go on.”

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    Norm says

    My sincerest condolences to Aunt Louise and all my cousins on your loss of Uncle Jim. I have fond memories of driving to Alliston to the Dairy Queen every time you visited us in Borden. One other memory that stands out is having my first rum and coke courtesy of Uncle Jim, I was under age, lol.

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    Stephanie Yanchak says

    RIP Jim Seeley you truly were an amazing man that touched many peoples hearts! My Sincere Condolences To The Family!❤️❤️

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    Jackie Meadows says

    My sincerest condolence on the loss of your father Karen. I will say a prayer for you and your family.

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    Elizabeth Hellinga says

    Karen. I am so sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories. My condolences to all of your family

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    Andy & Julie and family says

    To Louise and family. Out deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you all. Many fond memories of Uncle Jim who always provided a “larger than life” presence wherever he went. May you find peace and comfort in togetherness. Hugs to you all from Thunder Bay.

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    Calvin Harasemchuk says

    RIP Jim, I remember the times from the 80’s and dealing with you and your staff many times up in the Pickle Lake area….

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    Dr Diane Zielke says

    I fondly remember a very kind, helpful man with a gentle sense of humour

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    Mary and Rick Hendriks says

    So sorry to hear about Jim. I’ve known Jim since he was a teen or early 20s, single, living in Grimsby and hanging out with my big brother , Ron Palmer. I remember lots of laughs and Jim with an ever ready smile and later lots of funny and interesting stories from his career and the escapades with Ron. Many years later, I saw Jim at Ontario Separate School Trustees Association Board of Directors meetings where he contributed greatly. A great guy, a big loss. May the many memories bring you comfort and peace. Our prayers are for Jim , for you, Louise and for all the family. Sincerely

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    Dorothy Pinkerton says

    “Remember the best times, the laughter, the song, the good life I lived while I was strong”.
    Remembering best times and much laughter with you and Jim, Louise.
    With sincere sympathy to you and your family.

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In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dryden Regional Health Centre Foundation – Equipment Fund through the Dryden Community Funeral Home, 249 Grand Trunk Avenue, Dryden, ON P8N 2X3