James Andrew Vesso


Jim passed away peacefully at home on Jan 7, 2021 at the age of 71 surrounded by loved ones.
Jim was born in Medicine Hat. He spent most of his early years there, as well as in Ralston and Churchill. In 1971, he moved to Edmonton to pursue a career as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. Jim eventually became the lab manager at the Misericordia Hospital where he worked for over 37 years. He often commented on how much he enjoyed the work and his co-workers.
Jim had many skills and interests. He was a talented renovator and handyman, and over the years he enjoyed sailing, travelling, photography and gardening.
Jim was kind and generous. Wherever he went, he was well-liked. A loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and the best of friends. Known for his humour, and for taking lots of wonderful photographs, friends, and family will cherish the laughs and the love that Jim shared with them so often.
Jim is survived by his loving wife Cheryl, his sons Stephen (Julianne) and Kevin (Kayla), his step-daughter Sarah (Darren), his beloved grandchildren – Dylan, Jake, Tane, Emma and Sadie, his sister Marg, brother John, and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his brother Allan.
Due to circumstances, there will be no immediate service or memorial.
Memorial donations can be made to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

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23 Condolences

Kim Craig

I just found out about Jim through happenstance. I’m profoundly saddened by his passing. I hadn’t seen him since his retirement but I felt better knowing Jim was somewhere working happily at a project he loved and cracking one liners. I always hoped there would be a later time, and another opportunity to cross paths again. It’s upsetting to know I waited too long. I’m so for your loss, Cheryl and family.

Kim Walker

Cheryl, my heart goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Fred Kretzschmar

Cheryl and family;
I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was generous with his time and always kind. This happened much too early.

Shannon Webb

Jim! I’m sorry to hear that you have left this earth. We live in the house you so lovingly restored years ago. I never met you but I feel very connected to you as we live in your old house! Peace to you & your family, Jim! ?

Carol Mikulin

I am sad to hear of Jim’s illness and passing. I so enjoyed working with him as my counterpart and partner in crime. I will always remember Jim’s unique sense of humour, witty one liners and will cherish the memory of his friendship. Our lives are richer for having known him and he will never be forgotten. My sincere condolences to you Cheryl and family. I know how much you and his family meant to him. Take care.

Susan Barbara Maguire

To Cheryl and all of the family.
We are so sorry for your loss. Jim was a good friend and we have so many wonderful memories to be cherished always. He will not be forgotten but will always be in our hearts. Love Sue & Nick

Lawrence Johnson

Sorry for your loss. I remember him from the days of our youth in Ralston. I recall him as a friendly guy and I hadn’t seen him since those days. So glad to see he had many friends, a loving family and and a great life.

Val Silliphant

Cheryl, I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I feel we shared a special “Medicine Hat “ connection and he will always have a special place in my heart. I have so many wonderful work memories that I will treasure always. Take care of yourself.

Veda McLaren

I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My condolences to you all. As a former Ralstonian I was so happy to reconnect with Jim these past few years. I have posted his notice on the Ralstonian site if you wish to see the many condolences sent to you. Sincerely Veda (Olmstead) McLaren.

Bonnie Adrian

I was saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. Please know how very sorry I am for your loss, Cheryl. Wishing you and your family strength and peace.

Maureen and Doug Holmes

Dear Cheryl and family,
Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Our hearts are saddened and we share in your loss.
We have enjoyed so many great times with Jim over the years. We first got to know him when we were all teaching disabled kids downhill skiing at Rabbit Hill back in the 1990’s. It was a privilege to be his friend. Our times and travels with him will always be fondly remembered.

Bev Wright

My very deepest Condolences, so sad to hear if Jim’s passing. I will always remember the wonderful times that we had with the great Canadian Ski and Golf club. Jim was so very good at both! You will be very missed Jim. Your devotion and passion to all that you put your mind to was 2nd to none.

Tricia and Andy James

It’s with deep shock and sadness to hear the news of Jim’s passing. Andy and I truly enjoyed the times we spent together at Lake Nakamun. He had a wonderful way of telling stories and drawing people in. Cheryl we send our heartfelt sympathies to you and the family. He will be missed.

Karen and Tim McDowell

Jim was such a positive influence on the lives that he touched. Our thoughts are with you Cheryl and family.

Terri Croisetiere

I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was a really great guy and a pleasure to work with.

Chris Nurse

My deepest condolences, Cheryl. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Kerry and Lorie Welk

Our deepest sympathy to his family for their loss. He will be deeply missed.

Robin and Dave Metcalfe

Dave and I are so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. We met while working in the lab at the Misericordia Hospital and discovered we lived in the same town house complex. He and his family became very good friends while we were living in Alberta and they became a very important part of our lives.
Time and distance meant Facebook was the way we kept in touch. He did indeed have a great sense of humour, was very kind, and we know he will be missed.
Our deepest sympathies to you Cheryl, and the family.

Darcy Boucher

Cheryl and Family, my sincere condolences on Jim’s passing. He was a great person and always fun to sit and visit with. He will be missed by all. So sorry.

Lauchlin McKenzie

Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing; I remember him well from Ralston where he lived just a few doors away. We had good times together as youngsters, and I always enjoyed his company. Best wishes to his family and friends.

Carrie Doucette

Jim was a wonderful man. Always felt like family in his presence. He will be missed. Condolences to all bear and dear to him.

Dena Kay

My deepest condolences to you Cheryl and his entire family. I have many precious memories. He will be so missed. RIP neighbour.

Doug Bowron

So sorry
My heart goes out to you Cheryl and your family. Jim will be missed and I will miss sitting on the patio, chatting and our family dinners and visiting with him
Love to you all and holding you in our thoughts
Doug, Jill and girls