RCAF Pilot, CEO Canada Packers, Member Islington Golf Club
Our father passed away peacefully at home just shy of his 98th birthday. He was born in Brampton, ON and raised in the historic village of Meadowvale by his parents Douglas and Florence Hunter (nee Jackson). He was predeceased by two wives, Edith (Sherman) and Orpha Garriock, brothers Jackson (Jack), Robert (Bob), and Edward (Ted), and grandchild Erin (Clifford). Edith was the loving wife of Jim for 42 years and mother of his three children. Survived by his three children, David (Joanne), Jane (Patrick), and Susan (H.R.) Jim was deeply devoted to and adored by his grandchildren – James, Jon, Joel, Julianne, Erin (predeceased), Genevieve, and Adam, who summer after summer enjoyed his beautiful backyard swimming pool. Jim served as an RCAF flight instructor during World War II and earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the Ontario Agricultural College (University of Guelph). Employed by Canada Packers (Maple Leaf Foods) for a total of 47 years, Jim rose from the mailroom to President and Chief Executive Officer. When he wasn’t hard at work, he often could be found tweaking his smooth swing as a longtime member of Islington Golf Club. When golf season ended, Jim enjoyed indoor tennis during the winter months. Known as a loving, generous family man, Jim showed dignity and respect for people in all walks of life. His motto was to “Be kind.” He was a positive thinker with a sense of humour, demonstrated by naming one of his kids’ cats Sputnik. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral service will be held privately (immediate family members) on Friday, January 7, 2022 at 11 a.m. A livestream will be available for friends and family to attend virtually. Donations in memory of James may be made to the University of Guelph Arboretum to plant a tree in his name. Please visit their website at (https://arboretum.uoguelph.ca/donations). For those who wish to view the livestream, a link will be available through www.turnerporter.ca.