Jim Dr. Jim Allison

March 23, 1918April 27, 2011

James Cleland Allison M.D.

Dr. Jim passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Reunited at last with his loving wife Clara (nee McPhee). Devoted father to Lynn (John) Stenabaugh, Margaret (Bill) MacDonald, Janice Allison, Evelyn (Stu) Gardner. Loving grandfather of Allison (Chris) Idestrup, Darryl Stenabaugh (Joanna Jackson), Heather, Stacy and Bryan MacDonald. Fondly remembered by his sister Evelyn Hunter and brother Tom Allison. Jim will be held in the hearts of many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Jim was born March 23, 1918 in Belleville, the eldest son of Cleland and Ruby. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1943. While interning at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto he met Clara and they married in 1944. He served in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and then joined the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. He was a General Practitioner in North Bay for 10 years. He also worked as Assistant Secretary of the OMA, Medical Director of the Toronto Rehabilitation Centre, and Chief of Medical Rehabilitation and Chronic Care for the Ontario government. In 1968, he joined Chedoke Hospitals in Hamilton. He became Executive Director in 1970 and spent many happy years there. Subsequently, he was Administrator of the Villa Private Hospital in Thornhill. Prior to his retirement in 1988 he was invited to assist at McKellar General Hospital in Thunder Bay and Freeport Hospital in Kitchener. Jim was an active member and Elder of the Presbyterian Church in Canada at Chedoke Church in Hamilton and St. Andrew’s in Aurora. He was also a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion at both locations. The family wishes to thank the staff of Sunrise of Aurora for all the loving care provided to Dr. Jim.

Friends will be received at the Thompson Funeral Home, (530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2011 and at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (32 Mosley St, Aurora) on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 from 10 to 11 a.m. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew’s. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Aurora or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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  • Visitation Monday, May 2, 2011
  • Visitation Tuesday, May 3, 2011
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Anne Crowe

May 11, 2011

Jim had a real impact on Freeport Hospital as well as on me personally while he was medical director of the hospital in the late 80's. He championed the rehabilitation program and gave it a strong push in the right direction. He was a true gentleman and always very positive and supportive.

My condolences to his close friends and family--he had a profound impact on me in the very short time that I worked with him, so I am sure he will be greatly missed by those who were close to him.

Paul Marshall

May 3, 2011

May 3rd,2011

To Lynn,John and family.

I will miss Dr Jims phone calls and our chats.He was a blessing to every life he touched, knowing him a true gentleman. When we were both able to attend the mens breakfasts at church,bible study,and Sunday worship, I always enjoyed being in his company. I am so sorry that I wasnt able to attend todays service but as you know I get my good days and then some that are not so good today is one of the not so good.
I had just spoken to my friend just a few days before his passing and as usual he was upbeat and happy that we spoke, I will miss him.
May Almighty GOD comfort you.

May 3, 2011

I want to express my condolences to all of the Allison family.I will never meet a more kind and generous man than Uncle Jim. Dave,Cheryl,Josh,Zac& Wade McPhee

Sharon Pyle

May 1, 2011

A very interesting conversation with Jim at Boyce and Joan Steele's fiftieth anniversary party in 1999 led to many more enjoyable telephone and letter exchanges with him on one of his favorite subjects, genealogy. It was always a pleasure to talk with him - his positive, upbeat outlook and genuine excitement when he uncovered a new fact in the Allison family history was contagious. Allan and I offer our sincere sympathy to all of Jim's family.

May 1, 2011

I want to send condolences on behalf of my parents, Fran and Hindy Farrow, who were friends with Jim and Clara in the late 50s and early 60s? when they lived in the Chine Dr. area of Scarborough.
They were bridge players with the McManns, and I think maybe the Taylors and enjoyed many an evening of cards as well as a few outings to the Allison cottage.
My folks thought highly of the Allisons and felt fortunate to have their friendship. I also think the little group gave everyone a chance to unwind and be themselves with each other.....a gift many people do not receive. Best wishes to the family....I hope you will cherish many fond memories and rejoice that Jim and Clara enriched so many lives. Thank you for sharing them with so many other folk.
Gwen Farrow