James William Dixon of Lindsay, Ontario, passed away peacefully at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in his 89th year, after a brief battle with cancer. Jim was the youngest of five children, born on February 10, 1932 in Toronto, and spent most of his life in and around that city. He was a veteran, serving five years in the Royal Canadian Navy. Jim loved to share the story that while on leave in London in 1952, he met and shook hands with Winston Churchill. After the navy, he worked in hardware sales for most of his career.
Jim had two children from his first marriage, Christine and Geoff. After an unsuccessful second marriage, he found lasting love with his third wife Jean, whom he married in 1993. Jim and Jean loved to travel, taking trips to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Cuba. Sadly Jean passed away from cancer in 2002. Jim made a second trip to England fifty years after his first to scatter her ashes.
Jim spent the last 19 years of his life living quietly on his own, maintaining a few close friendships. He loved electronic gadgets and was always ready to hop in his car and travel to a flea market. Jim worked as a volunteer at the Lindsay-Kawartha Lakes Public Library where he enjoyed sorting out the donations. A lifelong reader, he often found donated books that were of special interest to one of his family or friends. He had a keen memory and remained sharp to the end.
Jim was predeceased by his three brothers: Howard (Richmond Hill), Rodney (Phoenix, Arizona) and Grant (Belleville, Ontario). He is survived by his sister, Marion Conron, who celebrated her 100th birthday last fall in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. He is also survived by his son Geoff who lives in Florida and Nevada, but sadly predeceased by his daughter Christine, whose son Dale lives in Georgetown with his wife Anita and their two children.
He is also survived by the next generation of nephews and nieces and their children from Arizona to British Columbia and Ontario. He will be missed by his friends and acquaintances in Lindsay, where he has lived for many years.
As per Jim’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private cemetery service will take place at a later date in Bobcaygeon, Ontario.
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