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Obituary of James Joseph 'Jim' Small, Benacadie
It is with heavy hearts that we, the family, announce the peaceful passing of James
Joseph ‘Jim’ Small, age 75, on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at home.
Born in Alliston, ON, he was a son of the late William Gregory ‘Greg’ and Patricia
Jim was an avid sports fan who enjoyed watching baseball, hockey and curling,
among others; his favourite teams being the Blue Jays and Maple Leafs. He enjoyed
gardening, the beach, playing cards, curling and spending time with his
grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. Jim was a member of the Christmas Island Fire
Department taking pride in fund raising and getting to know his neighbours and friends
throughout the community. He was a very gentle and kind man who was
always there to lend a helping hand to those in need. Jim was employed with The
Cape Breton County, currently CBRM, as CIO; then London Life as a financial advisor,
where he excelled, until his retirement.
Surviving is his wife, Theresa (MacDonald), Benacadie; daughter, Jessie (Joshua),
Ottawa; son, Francis (Ashley), River Ryan; brother, Leo (Marie); sisters, Rosemary
(Francis) Sheehan and Margie Bechtloff; sisters-in-law, Marge and Debbie;
grandchildren, Abagail, Isabella, Gabriel, Gianna, Rosa, Kolbe and Elijah, Ben, Max,
Aiden and Avaiah.
Besides his parents, Jim was predeceased by brothers, Bill, Frank and Bernie;
brother-in-law, Heinz Bechtloff.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation for Jim will be held on Thursday, May 18 from
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, followed by a Funeral Mass, all in St. Columba Church, Iona. Burial
will take place following Mass in Christmas Island. A reception will be held at the
Christmas Island Fire Hall immediately following the Mass. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, New Waterford.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a
charity of one’s choice. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at: