In Celebration of

James Edward Whitelaw

February 15, 1937 -  May 6, 2023

Called to be with the Lord on May 6, 2023, after an illness patiently borne, in his 87th year in Montreal. Beloved husband of 65 years of Eleanor. Dear father of Kathy (Mike Carr), Beverly (Ian McCowan) and Angela (Andy Cunningham). Loved by his grandchildren Lindsey and Kristen; Andrew and Megan; Stephanie and Alison. Loving great-grandfather to Henry. Survived by his brother Ken (Mary) and his sister Marilyn. Taken to Ebenezer Gospel Hall, now Rosemount Bible Church, by his parents as an infant, Jim enjoyed the community and fellowship of the people there all his life. He served faithfully as a Bible teacher, youth leader and Elder. Jim loved to sing God’s praises. He was a member of the men’s quartet as a young man and later often led the congregational singing, especially the carols at the Christmas Eve service. Jim and Eleanor enjoyed many summers as campers, counsellors and directors at Frontier Lodge. Jim
influenced many lives through both his teaching of the Scriptures and by the example he set in living a life of faith. He joined Air Canada as a job evaluator in the Personnel Department in 1957. Over the next 35 years, he held various positions in the company in Montreal, Toronto and Halifax, spending the last 13 years as Senior Vice President. After retirement, Jim spent 15 years as a course developer and instructor with the International Aviation Management Training Institute and as a consultant to World Vision. Over the years Jim served on the Board of Directors of the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Canada Safety Council, Youth for Christ, Hockey Ministries, and Air Serve, among others. He was a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, a joke well-told, Eleanor’s Sunday roast beef dinners and a good book. Jim loved God. He loved his wife. He loved his three daughters and their families. He will be sorely missed.
Visitation Friday, May 12, 7-9 pm at Belvedere Funeral Complex, 22025 Trans-Canada Hwy, Senneville.
Memorial Service Saturday, May 13, 1:00 pm at Rosemount Bible Church, 6000 13th Ave, Montreal.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to the Rosemount Bible Church “Missionary Fund” or NOVA West Island.
The family is greatly appreciative of those who provided excellent care to Jim - Carole from NOVA, Dr Pallay, and the staff at the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence.


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Gale Toufexis (Angela His daughter friend)

Entered May 10, 2023 from Montreal

So Sorry to hear about your Dad. What a beautiful tribute to a life well spent, serving our Great God. I am praying for God's comfort for the family.

Ruth (Ross) Williams (Friend)

Entered May 10, 2023 from London, Ontario

I have fond memories of Jim’s wit, friendliness, musical ability and Biblical expertise.
I am so sorry for your loss.❤️

Caroline Faries (Friend)

Entered May 11, 2023 from Paget, Bermuda

I'm so sorry to hear this news. Jim will be missed, though I know that he is thrilled to be in the presence of his Lord and Saviour.

Joan (Kendall) Weston (Family friend)

Entered May 11, 2023 from Toronto

Jim bought me my first Nancy Drew books. He made us kids laugh by telling us stories on the the bus coming back from the Sunday School picnic. He was camp director the first year I counselled at Frontier Lodge. He went to night school with my dad and our families celebrated together when they graduated with their degrees.

Jim and Eleanor were a big part of my life as a kid in Montreal, and my memories of them both are sweet and happy. My condolences to his family in their loss. Praying that they will be comforted in the great Hope we have because of the resurrection of Jesus.

Robert Small 

Entered May 11, 2023 from Halifax

Sincere condolences to the Whitelaw family. I was also with Air Canada and once when Jim was in Halifax we had a softball game (we seniors) against the mens team. Jim played shortstop and I said he was too tall for shortstop. from that time onward I call him Too Tall we always had a laugh at that. May Blessing be with you and God Bless


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