James Joseph Ursu (Jim), dearly beloved husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 27, 2019 at 84 years of age.
Jim was predeceased by his parents Peter and Aspasia Ursu; brothers Edward and Ron; parents-in-law Charles and Anna Massier; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law June and Henry LePage, Joan and Maurice LePage.
Jim is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 44 years, Janet (Jan) Ursu (nee Massier); brothers Gabe (Jeanne) Ursu and Roy Ursu; sister-in-law Tilly Ursu; brother-in-law Gary Massier (Christine Tell); numerous nieces and nephews and a very special cousin Connie Banilevic who has been his dear friend and mentor over the years.
Jim was born in the Kayville district, Saskatchewan and took his elementary schooling there. When Jim reported for his first day of school and the teacher asked what grade he was in, Connie piped up that Jim was in Grade 2. Jim always maintained that Connie got him through school at a faster than normal pace.
After completing Grade 8, Jim moved to Regina working in various jobs before joining the Royal Bank in September 1957. He worked for the Bank for 38 years in several positions but mainly in the Real Estate Resources Department in the Saskatchewan District Office. Jim was responsible for project management of new bank buildings, renovations, new furnishings, security and all aspects of bank buildings. He decided to complete his high school education and accomplished this by taking night classes, while working his full time job, and was able to attain his Grade 12 diploma. Jim has also always been known for being immaculate in dress and appearance as well as very efficient when taking on any task.
Jim was very much a community-minded person and, in this respect, joined the new Suburban Optimist Club of Regina which eventually disbanded, however he then joined the well established Optimist Club of Regina, and from there went on to hold several leadership positions such as Club President, District Secretary Treasurer, District Governor and International Vice President which was a two year stint. During those two years, Jim and Jan made 22 trips throughout Canada and the United States fulfilling his Optimist duties. It was also a time when they travelled to many Optimist meetings and functions with their dear friends, Glenn and Betty Jewison. Jim was awarded a Life Time membership in recognition of his commitment to the organization and the community.
Jim has recently been faced with major health issues and has been working with the Allan Blair Cancer Clinic and both the Pasqua and General Hospitals. In all cases he has received excellent, compassionate care from all the doctors, nurses and other staff and wishes to express his heartfelt thanks to all of them. Jim also wishes to thank his family physician, Dr. M. Moola who has always been there for him during times of illness.
Flowers are most graciously declined. Please consider donations to The Lung Association of Saskatchewan or to a charity of choice.
At Jim’s request there will be no funeral. A private interment with family and friends will be held at a later date.
May you rest in peace, Jim.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de James J Jim Ursu January 27th 2019..