James “Jim” Gordon Parish of Chesley, formerly of R.R. #3 Elmwood, passed away on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, in his 88th year. 

Loving and devoted husband of 62 years to the late Paulina Dieleman (2020). Cherished father of Jan (Reg) Knapp of R.R. #4 Chesley, Jim Jr. (Sylvia) of Blyth, Randy (Julia) of Springfield, Mark (Joanne) of Damascus, and Brent (Aneetta) of Chesley. Cherished grandfather of Dianna, Ben, Corey (Laura), Joanne (Arlin), David (Kirsten), James (Candace), Katelyn, Brendyn (Keri-lyn), Cherise (Ben), Shaylyn, and Jessalyn as well as the great-grandfather of Molly, Tayson, Charles, Case, Josiah, Alissa, Nicolas, Linnaya, Levi, Macy, Axel, Rémy, Arie, Crosby, Alexis, and Denver. Jim will be dearly missed by his siblings Don (Marleen) of Port Stanley, Thomas (Carol) of St. Thomas, Pauline (Juri) Lees of Strathroy, sisters-in-law Suzanne Parish, Phoebe Parish, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings Ruth (Joe) McCarthy, Bob, Milt (Elsie), Keith (Marie), Frank (Marg), Larry, and his parents Benjamin and Phyllis (Marsh) Parish. 

Visitation will be held at Geneva Presbyterian Church, Chesley on Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. All are welcome! If you are unable to join Jim’s family on Saturday a recording of Jim’s funeral service will be available to view on the funeral home website beginning Monday. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Hanover & District Hospital Foundation, Chesley Hospital Foundation or Geneva Presbyterian Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. 

Jim’s family would like to express their sincere thanks to the caring staff of both the Hanover and Chesley Hospitals, for their excellent care of Dad over the last few months. Your kindness to both Dad and our family will never be forgotten. Thank you!

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley.




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