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Sometimes the most unremarkable deeds make the most powerful impressions.

That is the feeling of residents and staff of Helen Henderson Care Centre who are mourning the death of 81-year-old Jim Findlay, a resident since 2013.

“When my uncle died, Jim wrote me the most beautiful letter,” says Heather, a resident of the home. “It was very meaningful to me.”

Residents and staff are fondly remembering Jim, following his death on Feb. 5, 2020.

They smile talking about the small ways he made people feel appreciated and comfortable.

“Jim was the first person who approached me when I moved here,” says Pat. “It meant the world to me because I didn’t know anyone. I was nervous.”

Residents celebrating birthdays or joining the Helen Henderson family, could always expect a card from Jim who introduced everyone as his friend.

“I loved Jim,” notes Priyal Parmar, Physiotherapy Assistant. “He liked to attend everything. He even called my exercise class his friend circle.”

“Jim was the centre of this place,” adds Dana Bowerman, RPN. “He was sweet-natured and made new residents feel comfortable. We’re all going to miss him.”

Speaking on behalf of the home, Activity Director Donna Joudoin notes, “Jim had a way of lighting-up a room. He was a selfless man who cared deeply about other people.”

An avid artist, Jim was even known to give away his paintings as an act of kindness.

“The really great thing about him is that he never forgot people or their names,” explains Donna. “He encouraged people to come to programs and enjoy themselves. His ability to unite people was remarkable. He was the type of person whose constant smile brought-out the best in others.”

Helen Henderson Care Centre is celebrating Jim Findlay who loved life and people. To learn more about living or working in our home, please call 613-384-4585.

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