James Peter Roberts

September 11, 1947 – June 10, 2011

Jim_RobertsIt is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that we bid farewell to our beloved, JIM ROBERTS. Jim passed suddenly at the Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, MB after a brief illness, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born in Miami, MB, third child of Pete and Verna Roberts. He grew up on the family farm, learning to love all the wonders and beauty of nature at an early age Jim learned a wide variety of life skills, including his tremendous work ethic. He had a broad variety of interests and talents, including hunting, fishing, gardening, landscaping, playing cards, being involved with the fossils, and enjoying his countless friends. He was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand wherever the need arose. He became the family recreation director, organizing frequent fun-filled gatherings.

Jim had two wonderful sons, whom he taught to respect nature and the circle of life.  His grandchildren brought him so much joy, and he was on a constant quest to find treasures for the “Enchanted Forest” where they could explore and let their imaginations soar.

At age 19, Jim moved to Winnipeg, where he worked for Goodyear, York, and Fountain Tire as a salesman, making lifelong friends with coworkers and customers alike. He retired in 2008 to return to the place he loved best, the family farm in the “Hills of Home.”

Jim had an engaging personality, and his admiration for the land was demonstrated through his efforts with Ducks Unlimited, numerous Game and Fish organizations, The Manitoba Bluebird Association, The Canadian Fossil Museum at Morden, and recently the Miami Museum.  He loved to be take visitors to unique locations to share with them the awe of his beautiful surroundings. He was so loved by all that met him.

Survived by 2 sons:  Michael James Roberts (Caroline) of Kingston, ON, grandson Connor(England), twins Jakob and Anyah (Kingston); and Ryan Roberts ( Brenda Chartrand), granddaughters Alexis, Kelly and Ashley of Winnipeg;  beloved partner, Michelle Millar; sisters Elaine (Jim) Colvin and family, and Karen (Gordon) Orchard and family, sister-in-law Shirley (Dave) Zacharias and family, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins. Predeceased by Brother Dale, father Pete and mother Verna.

A celebration of Jim’s life will take place at his farm, southwest of Miami, on Saturday June 18, 2011 at 2pm. Everyone is invited. Please bring a lawn chair and a tree seedling to be planted at the ceremony in his honour. In case of rain, service will be held at the Miami Community Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Fossil Museum, Morden and/or the Miami Museum in Jim’s name would be appreciated.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements, 822-4755

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