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James "Jim" Douglas Elliott Steele

STEELE, James "Jim" Douglas Elliott - A resident of Chatham, Jim Steele passed away peacefully in the early morning of Sunday, February 24th, 2019 after a stoic battle with leukemia. He was surrounded by his loving wife, children and other family members. Born in Sudbury on September 6, 1944, Jim was the son of the late Walter Erwin Steele & Frances Ann (nee Elliott). He will be remembered always by his loving wife of 50 beautiful years, Lillian (nee Perna); his children, Edwin Steele (Allison) and Carla Steele (Robert Pestrin); his grandchildren, Ethan and Norah; his sisters Edith (Juris) Svistunenko and Mary Lou (Kenneth) Chisholm; his brother Robert (Mimi) Steele; his sister-in-law Angela Perna (Felice, deceased); as well as his extended family. Pre-deceased by his brother-in-law Mike Perna (Giulia). Jim was a proud member of the Todgham & Case “family.” His legacy lives on in the many bridges and buildings he engineered in Chatham-Kent, including the Civic Centre, the Police Station and the Capitol Theatre, all in downtown Chatham. He was most proud of the Kent Bridge project. Jim was committed to serving his community. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Chatham Sunrise, and counted many friends amongst the members of the Rotary Clubs of Chatham. He was also a past member of the Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed golfing and curling, and was very involved in the Chatham Curling Club. A Private Family Funeral will take place. A Celebration of Jim's life for his friends and acquaintances will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance or the Rotary Club of Chatham Sunrise. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com McKINLAY FUNERAL HOME 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham 519-351-2040 13327791
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Sincere Condolences
Posted by Cristina and Cristiano Perini-Suffi (friends) On Friday, March 1, 2019
Thoughts and prayers are with you and yours at this difficult time. We are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing.
with sincere condolences
Posted by Margy Granken (friend of family) On Thursday, February 28, 2019
Lillian and family we are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a good and kind man - he smiled easily - our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sincerest condolences
Posted by Moro Family (Friends of family) On Wednesday, February 27, 2019
We are so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. His greatness in life is evidenced by his wonderful family, and the legacy he leaves behind him.

Deepest of condolences.

- Moro Family

With sincere condolences
Posted by Nel and Gabe Denys (friends) On Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Lillian and family. We are so very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was such a nice down to earth guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Posted by Bill & Rosey Bourne (friend & co-worker at T&C) On Tuesday, February 26, 2019
I fondly remember the first day “the guy from Sudbury”started. Lillian and family , we are very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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