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Dr. Jimmy "Jim" Hasegawa

25 February, 193023 August, 2021
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HASEGAWA, Dr. Jimmy (James) Shiro February 25, 1930 - August 23, 2021

Jimmy passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family after an amazing life of 91 well-lived years. He will be forever missed by his cherished wife of 63 years, Helen; his 4 children, Andrew (Jennifer), Brian (Nancy), Philip (Anne), and Naomi (Craig); his 9 grandchildren, Lauren (Stephen), Connor, Victoria, Lindsay, Megan, Max, Kate, Sean, and Allison; 2 great-grandchildren, Vienna and June, and his brother Osamu (Shirley). He is predeceased by his sister Sumiko (André).

Jim’s life began in Vancouver where he was born to Japanese immigrants. In 1942, his family’s property was seized and the family was placed in Japanese-Canadian internment camps for 4 years. In 1946, the family was relocated to Montreal where he found factory work assembling cigarette lighters. His supervisor noticed the speed and dexterity with which Jim would assemble the lighters and jokingly told him, “Hey you would make a pretty great dentist.” A spark was lit and he embarked on a path to better his life. Continuing his factory work by day, he cracked the books and over the following years attended night school, earned his high school diploma and attended Sir George Williams College. Subsequently, he was accepted into The Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University and graduated first in his class in 1958.

Jim established his dental practice at the Drummond Medical Building in downtown Montreal where he practiced for 37 years. He built a home in Beaconsfield where, over the next 50 years, he raised his family and gave his boundless energy and time to the community he loved. He created and led the Beaconsfield Adult ”Keep Fit” Program (12 years), for which he was recognized with a Health & Welfare Canada Lifestyle Award for his contribution to the health of Canadians. In 1976, he ran the Olympic torch relay through Beaconsfield, insisting that members of the Keep Fit Class run with him. He was a co-founder of the Beaconsfield Bluefins Swim Club, the Beaconsfield Slo-Pitch Softball League, and President of the Association of Lakeshore Pools. He ran for and served on the Beaconsfield City Council for 23 years (‘86-‘09). He served on various committees at Christmas Park Elementary and Beaconsfield High Schools as well as the Board of Governors of John Abbott College and the Board of Directors of Lakeshore General Hospital. He was an athlete, fitness enthusiast, and passionate photographer all his life. Jim enjoyed post-retirement life playing golf and curling with Helen. He will always be remembered for his fiery determination and his straight-shooting personality. Jim believed in hard work and perseverance and was a constant inspiration to his children and grandchildren. A dedicated husband and father, his family was always his greatest joy and source of pride.

The family wishes to extend their tremendous appreciation and thanks to the many healthcare professionals from the Lakeshore General Hospital and CLSC Lac-Saint-Louis, as well as to all the kind caregivers who provided support to Jim and the family.

Funeral arrangements at Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home (222, Autoroute 20, Pointe-Claire; 514-483-1870). Visitation on Friday, Sept. 10th from 5-8pm and Saturday, Sept.11th from 10am-12pm. A Celebration of Life will be held on the Saturday at 12pm. COVID restrictions (masks, social distancing) will be in place, with a max. of 50 in attendance at any time. If you wish to attend the Celebration of Life, please contact Collins Clarke to RSVP. The Celebration of Life will also be live video streamed and can be viewed on the Collins Clarke Pointe Claire website.

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Glen Fujiwara

10 September 2021

Dear Auntie Helen, Andrew, Brian, Phil, Naomi and Family,
Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Uncle Jim.
We are thinking of you.
Love,
Glen and Elisabeth

Karen Bennett

9 September 2021

What a fun and energetic character…with really good teeth. I’m sure the world will miss him. So disappointed I can not make the funeral. I would love to see all you grown up Hasegawa’s
Love and hugs to all,
your childhood neighbour,
Karen Bennett

David Pollock

8 September 2021

Dear Helen & Family,

My condolences to you and your family. Jimmy was such an exceptional person. He cared so much about people, actively participated in his community and made real difference in so many people’s life’s. He will be fondly remembered.

James Dolhy

5 September 2021

So sad to hear about your loss, I also remember him at all the swimming meets at the local pools in the West Island.

Our hearts and sympathies go out to the family at this time

Tim Howlett

3 September 2021

Much (most!) of my youth was spent at the Beaurepaire Swim Club, and many of my best memories are from swim meets at home and all around the West Island. Anytime I think of those swim meets I can’t help but picture Dr. Hasegawa, clad in his all white “uniform”, reading glasses draped around his neck, stopwatch in hand, and focusing intently on his duties as a race official. He was witness to much of my youth as a close neighbor, the father of one of my best childhood friends and an ever present supporter of all the great organizations in our community. So many of the opportunities I took for granted in my youth were, in fact, only made possible by the efforts and dedication of Dr. Hasegawa, who enthusiastically contributed his time and talents to our neighborhood and surrounding communities. He will truly be missed, but his legacy most definitely lives on.

Jim Nicell

1 September 2021

Dear Dr. Hasegawa and Mr. Wolanyk,

I am writing to express my deepest sympathies to you, and your family about the death of your father/father-in-law, James S. Hasegawa.

While words do not provide adequate consolation for the loss of a loved one, please know that my colleagues and I at the Faculty are with you in our thoughts.

Sincerely,

Jim A. Nicell
Dean, Faculty of Engineering
McGill University

Gerald Rudick

1 September 2021

I remember Dr. Hasegawa from my days in McGill Dental school 1962-66 , and would bump into him from time to time thereafter.

I remember what a kind and helpful person he was..... a terrific guy, and as we say in Yiddish " a real mensch".

Gerry Rudick

Angela Ford-Rosenthal

1 September 2021

Dr James Hasegawa
I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Dr Hasegawa. He was my dentist for twenty seven years in the Drummond building here in Montreal. What an amazing dentist! After he retired I had difficulty finding another dentist as good. He really helped me overcome my fears! Was very upset when he retired! He told me all about his family’ s difficulties during the forced internment when he was a child. But he still graduated top of his class at McGill. A great loss to his family. Much sympathy.

Lisa White

31 August 2021

Phil...I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. What an incredible life he had! Thinking of you and sending you and your entire family love and hugs.

Sandy Wooley

30 August 2021

Dear Andy,
My condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. Your dad was an important member of the community and did so much for swimming on the West Island.
You are all in my thoughts.
Sandy

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