It is with heavy hearts that the family of James Harry Bonde announce his passing on Friday August 4th, 2017.
Jim was born in Port Arthur on November 10, 1949 and was raised on the family farm in Dorion, On. Jim worked for Great Lakes for a number of years before becoming self employed operating his own skidder for Buchanan. He started driving truck in 1984 working for various companies including Bradley Gregory, Julian Roy, R. Koski Trucking and then J.M. Gagnon Trucking for over 20 years until his retirement. When it came to driving, he was always joking with his kids that he had driven more miles in reverse than they would ever drive forward.
Jim loved spending time with his family and friends. He had a lifelong passion for antique cars owning many throughout his life. He drove stock car in his early years, and loved to watch dirt track racing and NASCAR. He also had a love of country music that he could always be heard singing along too. Our time spent with him at car shows, the community fairs, the many house parties or just perched in front of the TV watching his shows will be memories we cherish forever. He was never short on words, had an infectious laugh that lit up his eyes and a nickname for everything and everyone.
Jim is survived by his loving wife Sandra, his children Tracey (Patrick), Lisa, Michelle (Jeanot) and Michael (Janelle). His grandchildren Sierra, Santana, Katie, Jessie, Kolton and Sheldon and great grandchildren Branden and McKayla. His siblings Liz (Russ), Linda, Nancy (Alan) and Alfred. In laws Calvin and Betty Seabrook, Debbie, Cathy, Earline (Ralph), Kevin (Donna) and Wendy. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Jim is predeceased by his father Harry, step mother Madeline, brothers Herman, Henry, Garry and Bob, father in law Earl Goodmurphy, brother in laws David, Jimmy, Don, Wayne and Gunner and his beloved dog Taz.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life to honor Jim will begin at 9:00 am with words of tribute at 10:00 a.m. on Friday August 11th, 2017 at the Castlegreen Community Centre, 213 Castlegreen Drive Thunder Bay, to be officiated by Deacon David Dupuis. In lieu of flowers if friends so desire, donations to a charity of your choice in Jim's memory would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences may be made at www.sargentandson.com
Rest easy old boy, we love you