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James Ayres

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March 2, 1960 – February 23, 2024

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved brother James Ayres on February 23, 2024 at the age of 63. 

He leaves to mourn in his passing siblings, Audie (Kim), Cori (Bert) MacVicor, Betty Conroy, Janet (Ian) Davies, and Mia; his sons, Shawnn Parent and James Ayres Jr; and stepson Michael Kristjanson. James will be missed by his nieces and nephews, Aunt Leona, and many cousins.

James was born in Winnipeg on March 2, 1960 to Rita L. Ayres and Eric Thomas Ayres. James grew up in St. Vital and had many lifetimes friends there that will miss him. 

James worked in sheet metal installations and driving heavy machinery for most of his life and enjoyed the work. 

Jimmy loved sitting around the table on thirsty Thursdays with his buddies, telling good old stories and making new ones. 

Jimmy often talked about the famous fishing and hunting trips out the Mantag with the guys. He said they were the best times ever.

Jimmy’s family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.


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Darcy Braithwaite

May 29, 2024 at 10:06 PM

Jimmy, you left us way too soon. I would bump into you once every year or so and we would talk like we just had a drink in the St. Vital hotel last week. I would always guaranteed to get a good laugh talking with you. You'll be missed.

Rest in peace Buddy.


May 10, 2024 at 4:43 PM


May 10, 2024 at 4:42 PM

Yup he will me be missed ❤️ lots him and me made the news at hotel . Jimmy ran out the back as I coming down the stairs he Fuc bolted out said I hear here coming downstairs. Pats dad was in there I said where did he go and hide caught him . Another good story is when jimmy went out of town to work up north haha I found him up there . Roger couldn’t believe it they were up there working I phoned hotel is he in there yup he couldn’t believe I track him down . Well that story stuck to him cause he couldn’t believe I track down .. got so many stories on him and me words can never speak .miss all our good times we had and your son is just like you .and you always called him little man or the next jimmy do 💙💙💙💙


May 9, 2024 at 8:09 PM

You flew with your own wings.

You were always there to help when needed.

Growing up with you made life just a bit easyer.

Say hi to dad, I will truly miss you.

Gary Parent

May 9, 2024 at 8:09 PM

so many memories you will be sadly missed. my heart goes out to your family and friends

Caroline Dufault

May 9, 2024 at 8:02 PM

Rest easy Sweet Jimmy, You sure left us with many memories to cherish, especially with your side kick Beer and lighter fetching Pooch. Your flirty nature had me in stitches each and every time in the Garage.  My Heart goes out to you Mia and Jessica. Until we meet again…Cheers Jimmy!💕


May 9, 2024 at 7:50 PM

Jimmy was my cousin also my best friend we were like glue we did things some good and bad chasing girls at Friday nite dance fishing for beer ur at peace now will always think of u love you Jimmy miss u


May 9, 2024 at 7:48 PM

R.i.p Jimmy forever missed ❤️

Michelle Field

May 9, 2024 at 7:48 PM

Have a rye and coke with Jim Grey, the garage is ready.

So sad.

Maggie Harel

May 9, 2024 at 7:46 PM

So sad to hear of your passing.  Many good laughs.  You will be truely missed by many.  RIP Jimmy.


May 9, 2024 at 7:45 PM

Rest in peace Jimmy.

Kenny Mykes

May 9, 2024 at 7:44 PM

Jim your missed by many and nothing but good memories.

Lori Harel

May 9, 2024 at 7:44 PM

You will be missed by all your St Vital gang.  You crazy guy.   Until we meet again


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May 9, 2024 at 7:14 PM

Lynda & Brian

May 9, 2024 at 7:12 PM

He came by his nick name, Jimmy Do, honestly. When ever we needed help with anything, he was right there. A Jack of all trades and a good friend. He will be missed.

Rick Siewert

May 9, 2024 at 5:40 PM

Very sad to hear about Jimmy’s passing. Always hurts to lose another good old Glenwood and St. V Hotel guy. Lots of fun and great memories of the old days with the group. As Jimmy would of said - Jeeda, Jeeda, Jeeda.

My deepest condolences to Jimmy’s family.. Rest in peace Jimmy.


May 9, 2024 at 4:41 PM

Wow, gone too soon. We had some good times. You were the most charming guy I ever met! Rest easy Jim.

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