James HAINSWORTH

HAINSWORTH James Hainsworth passed away peacefully at the Lacombe hospital on January 2, 2008 at the age of 88 years. James was born in the original family log house, south east of Lacombe on December 15, 1919. He was one of the first babies delivered by the late Dr. Locke, who had begun practice in Lacombe earlier that year. James grew up on the family farm in the Spring Valley district southeast of Lacombe. He left for a brief two years to study at the Olds School of Agriculture, graduating in 1938. He returned to the Lacombe community to farm for the rest of his active life. He married Lois Hanes, of Cochrane, on July 17, 1946 and together they began their life, raising cattle, kids and crops. Always a great believer in the value of the community, James held various executive positions on many boards and associations throughout his lifetime. He served as councilor for Lacombe County, from 1970 to 1980. He was especially proud to be inducted into the Olds College Hall of Fame in 1995 and to receive the Alberta Justice Award in 1998. However, of all his community service, the preservation of agricultural land and the farming way of life were always nearest and dearest to his heart. James began turning over management of the farm to his grandson in 1999. In 2002, after a series of debilitating strokes, he realized that a move from the farm was inevitable. He was content, however, knowing that the land he had loved and cared for would remain in the family. James and Lois moved into their little home in Lacombe and soon they knew everyone on their street. James had attended a stroke support group in Red Deer the previous winter and he saw the need for a similar group in Lacombe. Before long he was phoning friends and arranging for speakers. That group continues to meet regularly. James leaves to cherish in memory, his daughter, Maureen (Bob) Pocock and son, Denis (Doreen) Hainsworth, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren, his brother Laurie (Shirley) of Calgary, two sisters in law, many nieces and nephews and countless friends. He was predeceased by a son, Bruce in 1981 and his wife, Lois, in 2006. A memorial service for James will be held at St. Andrew's United Church on January 11, 2008 at 2:30 PM. Cremation entrusted to Wilson's Funeral Chapel & Crematorium Lacombe, AB. With gratitude for his years of care for James, the family requests that donations be made to the Dr. Murray Martin Memorial Education Fund c/o Lacombe Hospital And Care Centre 5430 47 Ave Lacombe, AB T4L 1G8, or to the Lacombe Palliative Care Society Box 5576 Lacombe, AB T4L 1X2 . Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to: wfch@telusplanet.net (Subject Hainsworth) WILSON'S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM serving central Alberta with locations in Lacombe & Rimbey in charge of the arrangements. 403-782-3366 or 403-843-3388 'A Caring Family, Caring for families'