JAMES MARTIN SISLER

SISLER, JAMES MARTIN (JIM) The family of James Martin (Jim) Sisler are sad to announce his passing on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.  He leaves in mourning his wife of 57 years, Alice, and his two sons, Murray (Vivian) of Richmond BC and Jeff (Cathy) and their children, Rebecca, Danny and Julia of Winnipeg.  He leaves his three siblings, Barbara Smith (Maurice), Roddy Sisler (Marianne) and Sandra Schjerning (Nick), and sisters-in-law Betty and Berenice Sisler, Luella Rutledge, and their families. Dad was predeceased by his brothers Bill and George and his brother-in-law Bill Rutledge. Jim was born in 1927 in Winnipeg and attended Glenwood, Lord Selkirk, and St. John’s Tech High Schools.  He graduated from the U of Manitoba with a BSc in Agriculture in 1950 and from the U of Michigan with a MPH degree in 1953. Jim met Alice in 1955 when she caught his eye, of course, playing the piano.  They married in 1957 and raised their two sons in a very close neighbourhood in Winnipeg and at their cottage at Tannis Lake, Ontario, where Dad built their family cottage in 1969.  Jim worked as a Public Health Inspector, and was passionate about improving food safety standards. He retired in 1990, and he and Alice moved to Kelowna, where they formed lasting friendships in the Newcomers Club, Parkinson Rec Centre, St Paul’s United Church and the B.C. Old Time Fiddlers.  The love of music marked every aspect of his life. Dad sang and played the banjo ukulele, and with Mom on the piano, they performed at parties, family gatherings, and with “the Fiddlers”. For their 50th wedding anniversary, Dad and Momrecorded a CD of their music which is treasured. Dad was grateful for his many caregivers, especially his family doctor, Dr. W. Mackle and his office staff Kathy and Julie; Interior Health Home Care (Devon and Georgia); and Dr. Josh Wiesenthal. He spent his final days in the warmth of Hospice House. Special thanks to Margaret and Darrell Porubanec for their help and devotion through Dad’s illness. A memorial service will he held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, led by Rev. Wayne Laurie. Interment will occur later in Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be left at

www.springfieldfuneralhome.com.