Hutchinson, James 'Jim'

Hutchinson, James 'Jim'

August 7th, 2020

Of London, passed peacefully at Victoria Hospital on Friday, August 7, 2020, in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Nancy Hutchinson (née Cudmore) for 54 years. Cherished father of Martha (George) Bere. Proud grandfather of Jason and Katie Bere. Dear brother of William ‘Bill’ Hutchinson (Mary Nichol) and cousin of Bruce Thomson. Predeceased by his parents, Bill and Marguerite Hutchinson; and his sister, Isabelle Jackson. Jim was a versatile upper elementary school teacher who specialized in teaching gifted students and later worked as a teacher-librarian. His career spanned the years from 1960 to 1995 in a variety of London schools. He met Nancy in 1961 while teaching at Governor Simcoe Public School and they married in June of 1966 at First-St. Andrew’s United Church, where they were choir members and remained longtime parishioners. Jim was very proud of his Scottish heritage. He and Nancy were both members of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and performed with their demonstration team. Jim also served as Chairman of the society. Jim and Nancy were world travellers and especially enjoyed cruising.  Jim had a passion for a wide variety of musical genres including opera, choral compositions, hymns, organ works, Scottish folk songs and musical theatre.  After his retirement, Jim supported his love of the arts by volunteering at the Palace Theatre. He also gave of his time working for the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program and the Kiwanis Music Festival. A Celebration of Life will be conducted at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior. Private interment will take place at a later date. Registration is required to attend the visitation and service.

To register, please click here:  Westview Funeral Chapel's registration page for Jim Hutchinson's visitation and Celebration of Life

Please note: as per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, https://thebao.ca/registrars-directive-changes-to-funeral-and-visitation-attendance/ attendance numbers will be restricted. Please be aware that COVID-19 protocols are in place which may preclude some from being able to attend and masks are mandatory.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Jim are asked to consider First-St. Andrew’s United Church, London Public Library – Visiting Library Services, Mission Services of London, or the Children’s Health Foundation.

 

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Book of Condolences

The Archives Committee, First St.-Andrew'sNancy and Martha: We have very fond memories of Jim and how easy and knowledgeable he was to work with; he will be sorely missed by all his FSA friends. Archives Committee, First-St. Andrew's United Church: Willis Buckingham Bev Lindsay Pat McGregor Barbara Williamson
Barbara Bain I am so sorry to learn of Jim’s passing Nancy. I truly understand. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Heather BedfordTo Nancy, Martha, George, Jason and Katie, I met Jim when I started working at First-St Andrew's United Church. He was such a gentleman, someone I always enjoyed visiting with as he had so many interests. It is such a sad time for you. I will be thinking of you in the difficult days ahead. Holding you close to my heart. With sincere sympathy, Heather
Dennis & Diane WoodNancy, Saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. Having taught with him in two schools, I know how dedicated an educator he was. It was enjoyable to reminisce when we occasionally crossed paths. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Janet FleetNancy, Saddened to hear of Jim's passing. He shared so many of the same interests as Ken. I so enjoyed the few chats we had when you lived in Avian Terrace. Being on our own after so many years together is not an easy journey but time, family, friends and faith help us move forward. Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
Lorne HooperNancy, I extend to you and your family my condolences and share youir sorrow for the loss of Jim, a person for whom I had real admiration.
Susan BoothDear Nancy, I always loved talking with Jim (and you!) here at Avian Terrace. We still talk of his garden contributions and his love of sitting on the back deck and enjoying nature. I didn't know Jim in a professional level, but I've only heard how wonderful he was. I feel saddened for you and hope that the many happy memories you have had will warm your heart and make you smile.
Mary Rixon & David HarnettDear Nancy and family, we were saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a special person, always sharing his wit and wisdom. We hope you feel surrounded by much love as we share in your sadness as you remember Jim. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.
Janet & Brian CramDear Nancy, Martha and family, We we're so very sorry to learn of Jim's passing last Friday. Jim taught both Brian and I at Mountsfield and we remember him as a wonderful and caring teacher. We met again at First St. Andrew's when you were involved with Gone Fishing. We always enjoyed our conversations with Jim and are so sorry for your loss. He was lovely man. Jim's obituary appeared right above my parents in last Tuesday's Free Press. Hopefully, they will keep each other company on the way to heaven.
Leona AlexanderNancy and Martha, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. I will fondly remember Jim and the meals we shared and stories or travel and All thing Scottish. We will raise a glass to Jim this evening and know that he is at peace. Hugs to you all Leona & Ron
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