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Jim Eskdale

25/03/1947 - 07/08/2022

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Obituary For Jim Eskdale

March 25, 1947 - August 7, 2022

Jim, a lifelong resident of Grande Prairie Alberta, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the age of 75.

He will be sadly missed and cherished by his wife, Twyla, of 37 years. They were blessed with two sons, Layton & Rick. Jim loved his family, first and foremost and it brought him so much joy to spend time with his wife, sons and later on, his grandchildren.

He was a Power Lineman, retiring from the trade after 42 years. During these times, he met many of his lifelong friends and these friendships carried on after his retirement years. Often, you would find Jim and Twyla travelling abroad or taking trips with their friends. Jim loved the outdoors, and he lived an active lifestyle with many passions; skiing, swimming and camping, just to name a few.

Jim was always happy and had a heart of gold, family and friends meant the world to him. He was a great storyteller who could capture your attention whether it was sitting around the kitchen table, or around the campfire. He knew how to spin a tale and hit the punchline just right, leaving a smile on your face and laughter in your belly.

He will be deeply missed and is survived by his wife Twyla, sons Rick and Layton, daughter-in-law Bobbie and his two grandchildren, Easton & Sawyer. His siblings, (sister) Elaine & Lorne Brown, (sister) Audrey & Barry Rempfer, (brother) David & Pat Eskdale, (brother) Michael Eskdale and (sister) Vicky & Eugene Auclair. (mother-in-law) Hazel Christopherson, (brothers-in-law) Roy Christopherson, Clem & Vivian Christopherson along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, Tom & Betty Eskdale and his sister Sandra Gacek.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital, unit 23 for their care and compassion.

Memorial service will be held at The Highland Park Church of Christ, Monday, August 15th, 2022, at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742 bearcreekfuneral.com

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  • 08/29/2022

    Our deepest condolences to you Twyla, your boys and all of your family members. We feel very fortunate to have met Jim, yourself & Ricky through soccer. It was always a joy to watch our boys try their very best out on the field, but it was also a real pleasure to have met and enjoyed the interactions of Jim with the soccer players, and all the cheering parents. He was always smiling, happy to share a word with people, and we always felt good after our conversations. He was definitely a special person, and we feel privileged to have met him! Angie Genovese-Cook & Dave Cook

  • 08/18/2022

    Twyla and family, Diane and are were saddened to hear of Jim's passing. He was always smiling and so happy when ever I would see him. Although we could not attend his service you were both in our thoughts on Monday. Kerry and Diane MacDonald

  • 08/15/2022

    Our condolences to you Twyla & Family in the passing of Jim. We remember Jim as a kind and caring man with a big heart and interested in all individuals he worked with and all people that he met throughout his life. Jim will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time time. Laurence & Marge Shannon

  • 08/15/2022

    Dear Twyla, Layton, Rick and Family We were shocked and deeply saddened at the news of Jim's passing. Jim was the first person I met when I joined the Northland Utilities family in High level in 1970. His friendship meant so much. We hope memories of the happy times together bring a smile to your face, I know it does for us! You are in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Ken & Helen Hiebert

  • 08/14/2022

    Sending our heartfelt sympathy to all Jim's family & friends. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time.

  • 08/13/2022

    Dear Twyla, I was so shocked and truly saddened to learn of Jim's passing. As you know we only saw each other periodically over the years however every time was such fun. He was always so positive to be around, he could tell a story like nobody else, his kindness, great sense of humor and that million dollar smile. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to visit with you and Jim at Spruce Point this summer. That last visit will ever remain special. Please know that our prayers are with you, your boys and your whole family. God bless you. Phil and Marie Schmidt

  • 08/12/2022

    Our hearts go out to you Twyla and your family. Brock worked with Jim back in the Grande Prairie days. He was a was an example of what a good person should be. We both had a lot of respect for him. Rest easy Jim. Brock and Lucy Coulthard

  • 08/11/2022

    My heartfelt condolences for all of the family, Jim was always the life of the party especially when it came to dancing, Everyone he worked with ,respected Jim , he was a great mentor, teacher and friend, treasure the memories. Chris Rusnak

  • 08/11/2022

    Oh, Twyla and family I am so very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Brian and I had such a memorable meeting and supper with you both at the Holiday Inn in Nisku in March. You have always awed me whenever we met through the years. May God bless Jim's memories that you have as a loving family.

  • 08/11/2022

    Twyla and Family. We are truly saddened to hear of Jim's passing. He will be dearly missed. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Lane & Dianne Walters

  • 08/11/2022

    Love & Hugs to Easton & Sawyer. Your Grandpa was so special, thank you for sharing him with us. Gia & Rori 💕💕

  • 08/10/2022

    So sorry for your loss . May you be comforted by all the wonderful memories you have . Love & hugs . Sylvia & Luc

  • 08/10/2022

    Twyla , first Wendy and mine most deepest condolences at this time , and so , he was a father ( and grandfather ) , but Jim was a father to a great deal other young men and it is more then fair to say he helped to give good guidance and direction to young adults when they most needed it , I was one of them . Thank you Jim , never forgotten . Richard

  • 08/10/2022

    Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My thoughts are with you all. Janet Blackbourn

  • 08/10/2022

    OMG - so sad to hear of Jim's passing. Sending prayers and condolences Twyla. family and friends. RIP Jim.

  • 08/10/2022

    Twyla and family We were shocked to learn of Jim's passing. If ever there was a person who'd outlast all of us it should be Jim as he was so engaged in keeping fit. We remember Jim for his keen sense of humor, hearty laugh and most of all his easy-going manner. May each of you treasure the short time you had with Jim and share those memories with one another now and in years ahead. Our sympathy to all. Dale & Carol

  • 08/10/2022

    I had the privilege of knowing Jim when I joined ATCO. He was a great man and we are very sorry to hear of his passing. Our condolences to his family. Melody and Dan Mateev

  • 08/09/2022

    My deepest condolences to Twyla and family. So sorry to hear this. He will be missed 💔 Holly Lussier

  • 08/09/2022

    To the Eskdale family my deepest condolences and prayers go out to you. Uncle Jim you will be forever in my thought God bless rest in peace. 🙏

  • 08/09/2022

    Larry and I are so sorry to hear this. Condolences to Twyla and family and to Hazel and her family. We met Jim at Hazel's farm in Worsley and he was a great person.

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  • 08/09/2022

    We are heart broken to hear of Jim passing so suddenly and hopefully without much pain. I worked with Jim with Alberta Power and Atco Electric for my entire career with both companies. He was a great man, an excellent man to work, with and friend all of my 37 years . Our heart felt condolences go to you Twyla and all of your families he is already very much missed in our lives also. Be strong and because of previous commitments we cannot attend the service on the 15th of August but our thoughts will be with you all day. God bless you, Brian and Norma Lank

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