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December 17, 2021
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James (Jim) Vanderleest entered into the presence of the Lord on December 17 at the age of 79 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his three children, Janice (John), Charles, and Sidney (Jennifer), three grandchildren, Josh (Hannah), Nash and Nate and one great grandchild, Miles. Jim is survived by his brothers Andy (Linda) and Ted (Diane) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife Janet, his parents and his sister Emma and brother in law Bob.
Jim will be remembered for his kindness and generosity by everyone who knew him. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to someone in need or help with any project at church. He will also be remembered around western Canada for starting Westlock Tractor Parts and his fair and honest business deals. For 42 years, Jim enjoyed living in the family home next to his business. As Jim’s health was failing, he was thankful for the help of his good friend Shirley Lane who helped him stay at home for as long as possible as well as the staff of the Westlock Healthcare Centre who took great care of him.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, December 23 at 1:00 pm at the Westlock Alliance Church with interment to follow at the Westlock Cemetery. The service will be live streamed, you will be able to click on the link below for viewing. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Westlock Health Care Auxiliary Society or Youth For Christ (Westlock).
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family by visiting westlockfuneralhome.com