In Loving Memory of John James (Jim) Gilligan
1936 - 2022
Born in Mattawa, Ontario, James was raised on the Gilligan family farm with his twin, Gerald, and younger siblings, Bartley, Lillian, Bernard and Mark. A shy Jim married Eleanor Manze in 1960 and they soon welcomed four children. He is survived by his devoted wife and children Erin (Eric), Shaun (Tina), Shari (Dave) and Jill. Jim leaves behind three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his grandson, Casey.
In 1968, James moved to Minden with the purchase of his own farm. From the first two cows, Jim expanded his herd to Charolais cattle and enjoyed actively raising and breeding them. Jim enjoyed a varied career including working as a North Bay City police officer, a book keeper, a realtor and a farmer. Of all his jobs, he most loved beef farming. He said it was “in his blood”.
In his later years, James enjoyed looking out over his fields, listening to the birds sing and petting his dog, Roxy. He was a lifelong Catholic and a member of Our Lady of Fatima church.
After a brief stay, Jim passed away at Ross Memorial Hospital on June 30th. Sincere thanks to the staff of Surgical North and Dr. Francis who took very good care of him during his stay.
Due to the current COVID situation, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Ross Memorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family and can be arranged through the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., P.O. Box 427, Minden, Ontario K0M 2K0.