James Alexander "Jim" PyottDecember 5, 1934 ~ September 23, 2017 (age 82)
James Alexander Pyott 1934 - 2017
Peacefully, on September 23, 2017, Jim passed away with his daughter, Shelagh, and his dear friend, Mavis Lewicki at his side.
He was predeceased by his wife, Edith; his parents, Robert Sr. and Agnes Pyott; his parents in law, David and Marion Davis; his brother, Bob; his sister, Marge Jamieson; his brothers in law, Lloyd Brimacombe and Henry Watson; sisters in law, Elsie Brimacombe and Shirley Davis; his niece, Shelby Saunders; his nephew, Gerald Watson; and two newborn nephews.
He leaves behind his daughter, Shelagh; his son, Pat and his wife Satoko; his sister, Jessie; his brothers in law, Murray Shearer, Lorne Jamieson, and J.D. and Ab Davis; sisters in law, Margaret Davis and Gail Davis; ten nieces and nephews, and ten grandnieces and nephews.
Jim was born on December 5, 1934 in the R.M. of Shell River. He loved the outdoors, hunting and trapped when he could. He worked on his family’s farm as the third of four children. After attending Tummel School, he graduated from the University of Manitoba’s Diploma of Agriculture program and began farming in the Swan River Valley. He then met his future wife, Edith Davis, and was blessed with two wonderful children. After experimenting with grain farming, he found farming success with the magic ratio of 49:49:2 (hogs:cattle:cats). He was very pleased to have found a great friend and business partner in Barrie Hrappstead, who bought his pigs, farmed his land, and was always there if he was needed.
Jim had a wide variety of interests; he loved dancing, looking for possible meteorites, wood -working with diamond willow, wine making with Paul Thevenot, and travelling to Mexico, Arizona, Japan, and Spain. He was an avid consumer of CBC Radio, the Western Producer and the Manitoba Cooperator. Jim was an exceptionally enthusiastic visitor, and if you had a few good stories and some food and drink, there was nowhere else he would rather be.
For the excellent care he received, the family thanks the nurses and doctors at the Swan Valley Health Facilities. The family also wishes to thank those who called and visited Jim. He was always touched by the concern and compassion people showed him.
Funeral services were held at the Bowsman Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Bowsman, Manitoba on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Kathy Highmoor officiating. Interment followed in the Birchwood Cemetery in Swan River, Manitoba. Active pallbearers were Barrie,Trevor, and Carlos Hrappstead, Garry Kennedy, Adam Borland, and James Brown. All of Jim’s family and friends should consider themselves as honorary pallbearers.
Should friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Foundation of Swan Valley Inc. or to the Swan Valley Health Facilities Foundation Inc.