FRANK JAMES (Jim) MERCER
Jim Mercer of Neepawa, MB, passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2019 in the Minnedosa Personal Care Home. Jim was born to Leo and Phyllis (Watt) Mercer in Balmoral, MB, on December 18,1921.
He will be lovingly remembered and missed by Virginia, his wife of 19 years, his son Robert (Ferne) of Winnipeg; daughters Barbara (John) Knelsen of Fruitvale, BC; Carol (Jim) Isaac of Vanderhoof, BC and his step-son Richard (Karen) Clare of Airdrie, AB. He will also be missed by his grandchildren, great-grand children, his brother Ken (Jean) Mercer, and nieces and nephews. He leaves behind sisters-in-law, Annette Lehmann, Betty Halm and brother-in-law, Howard Pahl.
Jim was predeceased by his first wife, Stella, and his second wife, Minnie; his sister, Lila, and brothers, Bill and Gerald.
Dad became a radio operator for the Department of Transport in 1941 and intercepted and recorded enemy Morse Code from both Atlantic & Pacific fronts. After the war, he was posted to the Neepawa Aeradio Station where he was an Operator, Officer in Charge, and Technician until his retirement in 1976.
Dad always enjoyed new ventures. He built stereo sound systems including the cabinets. He enjoyed all kinds of music and collected and archived a huge music library. In earlier years, he taught electronics to Air Cadets and was a member of the Neepawa Lions Club. He enjoyed stamp collecting, bee-keeping, fishing, amateur radio and more. Dad absolutely loved chocolate and thoroughly enjoyed shopping for any bargains, maintaining always, "If one's a good deal, then two has to be better!"
Thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Neepawa Hospital, Country Meadows Personal Care Home, the Homecare Workers, and the wonderful neighbours on Third Avenue in Neepawa. Most recently a special thank you to the doctors and nurses at the Minnedosa Hospital and all of the staff at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home. We cannot thank everyone enough for all your help and support of Dad.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 22nd at 1:00pm at Christ Lutheran Church located at 375 Broadway Ave in Neepawa where Dad and Virginia were members for many years.
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