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MANTS: James Frederick "Jim" Mants. October 21, 1920 - December 24, 2008. It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Jim Mants, age 88, on December 24, 2008 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. He was a devoted husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. Jim will forever be loved and missed by his wife of sixty-six years, Norma; sister Norah; daughters: Geraldine (Carl), Carol, Linda (Brian), and son Jack. He will also be greatly missed by his grandchildren: Tara, Colin, Riley, Richard, Kirsten,and Christopher; great-grandchildren: Mia and Halle, as well many extended relatives and friends. Jim's loyalty to family, his honesty, integrity and strong work ethic have served as an example to us all. He was predeceased by his brother David; sisters Betty and Esther. Jim was born in Battleford, Saskatchewan, and brought up on a nearby farm. His main interests outside of farm activities while growing up were operating his small fur-trading business and playing banjo in a little band called Wilf's Night Owls. He joined the RCAF in 1941 as a pilot and became a flying instructor until late 1944, when he took operational training on Mosquitos and was posted overseas, returning to Canada in July 1945. Jim married NormaBooth from Lashburn, Saskatchewan in 1942. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1949, he joined United Grain Growers (UGG) as a field representative. He worked out of Regina for five years before being posted to their Head Office in Winnipeg to do special projects related to expansion. In 1963, Jim became the General Manager of Country Operations. In 1972, he joined the federal government where he worked on a variety of special projects relating to feed grains policy and transportation for Western Canada. In 1981, he returned to UGG where he worked for an additional seven years. In 1961, Jim was awarded the Order of the Buffalo Scout by Premier Duff Roblin for his contribution to the establishment of the Agricultural Economics Research Council of Canada. He maintained his interest in flying activities throughout most of his life and was a Director of the Winnipeg Flying Club for twenty-five years and President for four years. In 1975, Jim was awarded the A.D. McLean Award in recognition of his contribution to the flying club movement in Canada. Jim retired in 1988 and enjoyed twenty years in very good health. He spent many hours gardening and working on various household building projects. He also devoted a great deal of time watching over the family investments and developed a very keen interest in the subject of retirement planning. The family would like to express their profound thanks to the entire team of nurses and support staff at the Assiniboine Centre, BRHC, as well as to the staff of New Life Home Health Services for their compassionate and constant care of Jim over the past several months. In accordance with Jim's wishes, there will be no public service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3-824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7 or to the Salvation Army, 9 Princess Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 1R8.
2009-01-03 issue of the Brandon Sun