With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of James Robert Anderson on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at the age of 82. James (Jim) was born in Strathmore, Alberta on December 8, 1938 and was the son of Samuel and Edith Anderson.
Jim’s most significant contributions were divided between his overlapping careers in the Canadian Armed Forces and with the Alberta Opportunity Company (AOC). His armed forces career spanned 51 years beginning with a tour with the Regular Force in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps and shifting to the Militia when he started his civilian career in banking. Jim is best known for his contributions to the 14 (Calgary) Service Battalion which culminated in his achievement of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and service as Commanding Officer from 1982 to 1986.
Jim’s impact and leadership contributions were no less notable in his career with AOC. In 1972 Jim and his family moved to Ponoka when he joined AOC. Over the next 29 years, Jim progressed through several leadership roles ultimately serving as President until his retirement in 2002. Throughout his retirement, Jim contributed to many organizations and shared his wisdom and leadership. Regardless of what role Jim held or what community he lived in, his positive impact is undeniably measured by the lifelong friendships he collected along the way.
Jim is survived and cherished by his wife Carol; sons Jim and Jon (Annette); step-son Andrew (Vanessa); grandchildren Rylan, Jaryn, Cameron, Jasper, and Holly; brothers Dennis (Tena) and Daniel (Patricia); as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his first wife Jacqueline and his brother Ray (Karen).
Due to the current government restrictions, a Private Family Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021 at the Ponoka Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be live-stream broadcast at service time and the recording will remain on this obituary page for 90 days. The video viewer is located at the bottom of this page.
Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
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