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Maurice "Jim" James Dalzell
March 25, 1950 ~ January 20, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Maurice James (Jim) Dalzell, 73, passed away on January 20th, 2024, in Medicine Hat, AB.
Son of Segrid Dalzell (Rondesvedt) and Maurice Dalzell, Jim was born March 25th, 1950, in Kimberley B.C. A bright and shining Junior Hockey talent, he left Kimberley at 16 to play for the New Westminster Royals in Vancouver, B.C. A headline in a local newspaper reporting on a game exclaimed, “Dalzell Dazzles” - and he continued to dazzle throughout his life.
Jim was a quiet, contemplative man who lived his life guided by compassion. If he had anything in his pocket, he was willing to give to another person in need. His sensitivity and empathy created a space which brought out the best in those he connected with; an experience which had a profoundly positive impact on his grandchildren in particular. Always a kind and loving father and grandfather, no one ever felt judged in his presence.He was proud to display hundreds of photos, drawings, and any keepsakes given to him by his children and grandchildren over the years.Jim was a humble role model and the manifestation of the perfect form of gentle masculinity - a manifestation spawned through toughness, hardship, trial, and tribulation. We will miss him with all our hearts.
Jim was preceded in death by his Mother, Segrid; Father, Maurice; brothers, Robert and William; wife, Barbara; and his beloved son, James.
He is survived by his daughter Kristi McDonald (Dalzell) and her husband Chad; four dearly loved grandchildren, Cedric and Isla McDonald, and Ewan and William Dalzell (and Daughter-in-Law Kristine Dalzell); sisters, Sonja and Maureen; and brothers, John and Ed; along with many nieces and nephews.
We would like to thank Jamie Sawatzky and all of the staff and residents at the Cypress View Foundation for their friendship and support of Jim. He very much enjoyed his time there and felt he had really found a community. Your care and empathy is deeply appreciated.
We would also like to express deep gratitude to St. Joseph’s Home. Although he was there only for a very short time, the peace, care, and dignity you showed Jim was a balm to our hearts.