A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home

217 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS


James Tryon Arklay

February 5, 1933May 20, 2020

At aged 87, James Tryon Arklay passed away at the Dartmouth General Hospital due to ongoing cardiac issues. Jim, the son of the late James Arklay and Ethel Daoust of Donnacona Quebec, studied at Trinity College School, Port Hope Ontario, and McGill University. In his youth, Jim played amateur hockey, and was passionate about the game as well as most other sports, including baseball, football, and cricket. His other passion was politics; he worked for the federal Liberal party for many years and he loved political strategy in particular. Jim spent his career working for the Montreal Gazette. His career at the Gazette saw him as the Retail Advertising Sales Manager and later Advertising Sales Director. During this time he implemented many changes and innovations. Jim and his wife, Jean, raised their family in Lorraine, Quebec, where they resided until their move to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 9 years ago. While living in Nova Scotia Jim was an enthusiastic and joyful member of the Chebucto Community Singers.

Jim, predeceased by his sister Gloria Andrews, is survived by his wife Jean, their children Susan (Elliott), James (Belinda), Jennifer, and Jonathan (Teresa), his nephew James (Gisele), his grandchildren and great-grandchildren Stephanie, Richard, Michelle, Charlotte, Justin, Dale, Kathy, Ethan, Lisa, Hera, Leetia, and Santiago. We would like to extend our thanks to the medical staff at the Dartmouth General Hospital, 4-West, for their kindness and support. Memorial donations may be made to the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice. For online condolences please visit www.mattatallfuneralhome.com/.


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Lynnette Rowley

June 1, 2020

We were saddened to hear of the news of Uncle Jim’s passing. I have fond memories of time spent with Uncle Jim in Canada & the UK.

I am pleased that Kevin & Maisie also spent time with him and memories were made.

I recently found this photograph amongst my Mum’s possessions. It’s such a happy photograph of Uncle Jim & Aunt Jean in London. His very own Queen.


Love Lynnette, Kevin & Maisie x x x

Dawn Keith

May 31, 2020

Sincere sympathy to you Jean and your family. There are so many memories of good times together . Jim was a great mentor and a supportive co-worker as well as a staunch and loyal friend. When we learned of his passing,Bob and I fondly recalled the day we spent at your home replacing some carpetting and of Jim arriving one stormy winter afternoon to go to visit a small farmette he thought he wanted to purchase in our area. I remember also the long days when Jim was out of town on business and you were expecting Jonathan to arrive any day,we had many great conversations those days when I would call to check in. Our thoughts are with you and the family, you will miss him,but treasure the memories..sincerely, Dawn and Bob Keith

Shannon McPeak

May 31, 2020

Some individuals have a profound impact on your life journey. Jim had this effect on mine. He hired me at The Gazette when I was relatively inexperienced and from this emerged my future career, many of my life long friendships and my personal confidence. Jim saw me as he did so many of us. He was astute, a leader, a mentor. He will be remembered and appreciated. I will always be grateful.

Jennifer Mulherin

May 30, 2020

I met Mr. Arklay many, many years ago on my first job working for Charles LeRoyer. Mr. Arklay stopped into the small office and was very friendly to a pretty nervous new 'Girl Friday'! After discovering he lived in Lorraine, and me in Rosemere, I would see him often on the train to and from the city. He was such a kind, funny and interesting person and he always spoke of his family with great pride.
In reading these wonderful tributes it makes me smile to think of what a lovely person he was, and how one person can have such a positive effect on other human beings. Rest in peace Mr. Arklay.
I offer my heartfelt sympathies to the Arklay family.

Terry Lee Greenberg

May 30, 2020

I was saddened to learn that the patriarch of your family had passed away. I remember Jim as a tall sophisticated gentleman with a very pleasant demeanour and great smile. May you all be blessed with strength and courage during this difficult time and may your wonderful memories heal your heavy hearts. He will always be remembered Love, Terry Lee Greenberg and family.

Bonnie Pashley

May 28, 2020

My sincerest condolences to Jean and the Arklay family. I have such fond memories of Jim.
I first met Jim when he worked for Southam Newspapers at the Place Bonaventure Montreal office. He later hired me when he became Retail Advertising Manager at the Montreal Gazette. Jim became a good friend and mentor. Those were good times, we worked hard but also had a lot of fun. I sometimes wonder how Jim put up with some of us. He was patient and had a great sense of humour. It was a pleasure working for him. We also shared a love for the Montreal Canadiens.
Jim will always hold a special place in my heart. RIP my friend.

Barbara and Victor Benedek

May 28, 2020

To the Arklay and Lehman families,
Our sincerest condolences on the loss of a real gentelman.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Sincerely Barbara (Indig) and Victor Benedek

David Pinto

May 27, 2020

A great gentleman and employer.
Dave Pinto; Gazette Editorial 1968-2007.

Paul Healy

May 27, 2020

Over the past several years I have had the great fortune of sitting beside Jim at choir. He was like the Skipper to my Gilligan. We had a lot of fun together being the nominal class clowns.....and much more. He had friendships with some of the great Montreal Canadians and had stories from the ice surface about many of them. He was on a first name basis with Pierre Trudeau and the other political luminaries of his time. He spoke with love and pride about his family and I know he felt deeply blessed and grateful for his life. We also shared a love of poetry and Jim wrote beautiful poems full of mysticism and the power of love. I am very grateful for this cherished friendship.

Pete Munro

May 27, 2020

Jim and I were seat mates in the Chebucto Community Choir. We’d rattle on about hockey, baseball, newspapers and our beloved Montreal. We’d nudge each other over missed notes and laugh. He’d make off with my pencil. He’d test my lousy french. Always a joy to meet up on Tuesday nights. I’ll sure miss him. Condolences to all his family and friends