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Gone Home -- Jim Armour

It is with the most profound sorrow that we announce the death of James Robert Armour, aged 65. Born on May 28, 1953 in Ottawa, ON to Eric and Marion Armour, Jim lived a full life of military service, adventure and passion. Jim and his brothers, Peter (Jane) and Garth (Craig), were experts at keeping Eric and Marion on their toes with hair-brained schemes and a series of fun failed experiments. His zest for life and nature was clear to all he encountered, whether sharing a pint at the Opinicon Lodge or a canoe-ride full of wildlife sightings and valuable life lessons. Jim shared with his beloved wife Karen a love of cruising and exploring the world. With his children, Kate and Robb, he shared strength, advice and always a good laugh. An avid outdoorsman and in true Jim Armour fashion, he passed doing what he loved most – canoeing on Lake Opinicon. Jim served in the Canadian Forces for over 32 years, most passionately as a member of the Directorate of Flight Safety. Safety was a central theme in Jim’s life; he regularly phoned his children to remind them of the wildlife on the roads, how to dress appropriately for the weather and never to forget to put on sunscreen!

Arrangements for a celebration of life are being made for Friday, May 3, at the RCAF Officers' Mess in Ottawa (158 Gloucester Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 0A6) starting at 2 pm. We are looking to hear as many stories of Jim as possible, and keep his fun-loving and carefree spirit alive and among us. He epitomized that life is a gift to be cherished and lived to the fullest in every moment. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made instead to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Queen’s University Biological Station in his name.

In Jim’s honour, remember to lean in and embrace our natural world. Share a hike or canoe ride with your loved ones. Take only photos, leave only footprints, and kill only time.

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