James (Jim) Redmond Whittle of Chelsea (PQ) passed away as result of a cycling accident on tour in New Zealand on November 21, 2017. He was 63 years old. He will be fondly remembered by his three brothers and two sisters: Moira of Vancouver (BC), Michael(Beverley) of Calgary (AB), Dan (Jennifer) of Owen Sound (ON), Kathleen (Steve) of Ottawa (ON), and David (Cheryl) of Edmonton (AB). He was the proud uncle of Barry (Tammy), Jason, Karin, Brennan (Anita), Faye, Garrett, Katie-Rae (Peter), Becky, Kirsten (Matt), Matthew, Gregory, Jennifer, Benjamin, Andrew and Coralee, and great-uncle of Steven(daughter Avery), Crystal, Siobhan, Arlo, Zachary, Zoe, Zander and Payton. Jim will also be remembered by numerous aunts and cousins from across Canada and the USA. Jim joins his dearly departed father Brian and mother Evelyn.
Jim recently retired as Program Coordinator of the esteemed Paramedic Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa where he taught for 34 years. He was an air ambulance attendant, a teacher, a traveller, a painter, an original chef, a hockey player and an outdoor enthusiast. He died doing what he loved, cycling the Haast Pass in the Southern Alps as part of an epic journey exploring the wilderness of New Zealand. Jim was an avid adventurer, whether it was climbing the peaks of Nepal, Machu Picchu, Alps or Mount Rainier, hiking in the Gatineau and Laurentian Hills, scaling the glaciers of Alaska and Jasper, or kayaking on waterways as impressive as the Pacific Ocean and St Lawrence Seaway or as simple as the Ottawa River in front of the cottage, he was always seeking out new horizons to discover.
He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and students. A Memorial gathering will be held at the MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 296 Isabella Street, Pembroke on Saturday May 12 from 2 – 3 p.m. followed by Interment in St. Columba’s Cemetery.In memory of Jim consider a donation to the Jim Whittle Award to support Paramedic students at Algonquin College. To donate online go to canadahelps.org (Algonquin College Foundation), mail cheque payable to the Algonquin College Foundation: Algonquin College Foundation, 1385 Woodroffe Ave, C211, Ottawa ON K2G 1V8 or call 613-727-4723.