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Jae Eadie

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WILLIAM JAE EADIE

November 29, 1947 - April 29, 2024

Jae was born, raised, and educated in the City of Winnipeg and has been a Winnipegger all his life. Jae is survived by his wife Rhoda of 52 years, their daughter Donna and her husband Shawn MacTavish as well as his brother Graham (Kim), brothers-in-law, Ken (Jane), Michael (Alice), John (Colleen), cousins Billie, Grant, and Barbara, as well as numerous nephews and nieces and of course, his grand-dogs, Revel, Queso, and Chili.


Jae will be remembered as a caring, loving and devoted father. He was a trusted and loyal friend, he encouraged and supported many in achieving their goals and he was ever ready to uphold principal, even when to do so reacted to his own detriment. His manner was always that of a gentleman interested in the betterment of our community. He exemplified courage as he dealt with his greatest challenge.


During a busy working life, Jae has traveled to every province and territory in Canada more than once, but he was happiest when he returned home to Winnipeg


For nearly 25 years, Jae's career path led him into the property insurance business. He began his career as a property insurance underwriter with a large Canadian insurer.


When the opportunity presented itself, Jae acquired a partnership in a general insurance agency which kept him busy until he sold his interest a number of years later in order to devote his full time to municipal government duties.


In 1980, Jae was elected to represent his home community of St. James on Winnipeg City Council. He remained in office for the next 26 years, retiring from public life in 2006. During his time in municipal government, Jae variously held the positions of Deputy Mayor, 1st speaker of Winnipeg City Council and chaired most of the Council standing policy committees. Jae developed a strong interest and expertise in governance and policy issues and became the first member of Winnipeg City Council to be given responsibilities for governance reform and intergovernmental affairs. In these roles, Jae became the City government's political lead in negotiations with the provincial government on the re-write of the former City of Winnipeg Act into the now City of Winnipeg Charter Act and played a lead role in the modernization of Manitoba's municipal election legislation.


In conjunction with his city government duties, Jae became active in municipal government activities outside Winnipeg City Hall. He served for many years on the board of the former Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities, including a year as president. He subsequently served as a board member of its successor organization, the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.


As well, Jae served on the National Board of Director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, based in Ottawa. Jae chaired the FCM's Municipal Infrastructure and National Finance Committees as well as the Prairies and Territories Regional Committee. Jae eventually served in various vice-presidential roles with the FCM, culminating in his election as FCM's 60th president in 1997. He was the first Manitoba in 23 years to be elected to the position. In March of 2013, on the nomination of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Jae was awarded the Queen Elezabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of his distinguished service to Canadian municipal government.


Jae has previously served as a director and president of the Canadian Capital Cities' Organization. For the past number of years, Jae has been a member of the Canadian Study of Parliament Group which he has used as a resource to expand his knowledge and understanding of parliamentary government. He is presently a member and supporter of Ducks Unlimited Canada and has also served as a director of the Manitoba Wildlife Federation.


Jae joined the St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg in 1984. He was persuaded to join the Board of Managers in 2014 and has remained on the Board since serving as the Society's President in the 2018-2019 term. Jae's maternal and paternal grandparents emigrated to Canada from Scotland at the turn of the century and he was very proud of his heritage.


In his retirement, Jae enjoyed cooking, reading, snowshoeing in the winter, gardening in the summer months, and his latest love, pickleball all year round. Jae's favourite thing to do, though, was spending quality family time at their cottage in the Whiteshell Provincial Park during the cottage season.


Jae's family gives our heartfelt thank you to Dr. J. T. Paul and his team at Cancer Care and the Health Care professionals who cared for Jae throughout his journey at Health Science Centre.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cancer Care Foundation, 675 McDermot Ave., Wpg. Man. R3E 0V9, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba c/o P.O.Box 460 Stn K, Toronto, Ont. M4P 929 or D’Arcy’s ARC 730B Century St. Wpg. Man. R3H 0M1.


A Celebration of Life for Jae will be held Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 2:00 PM at the Westwood Community Church, 401 Westwood Drive, Wpg. Man. R3K 1G4.


Jae’s family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.

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Barbara Switzer

May 16, 2024 at 4:46 PM

Jae,s contributions to family, community and Winnipeg were profound. I had the honor to work with him for many years. He was a true gentleman with such integrity and dedication to the responsibilities he carried. He also had a great sense of humour and wonderful recipes. Sincere condolences to Rhoda, Donna, Shawn, family and friends. Barbara Switzer and family

lillian Thomas

May 16, 2024 at 1:08 PM

Jae Eadie was a man of decorum and civility. He had great respect for the rules and how to conduct oneself. He was the perfect choice for the role of speaker for Winnipeg's City Council. He set the bar by which all other speakers would be measured. He had an impact which went beyond the boundaries of our city, with a national reputation bettering whereever he turned his attention, from MAUM to FCM.

My deepest sympathies to Rhoda, Donna and family.

Bruce Henley

May 13, 2024 at 11:09 PM

great guy, true gentleman, loved his community and family, always interested in hearing others stories. Condolences to the family.

Gloria Mendelson

May 13, 2024 at 4:04 PM

Although I only came to know Jae while serving on council for one term, 1989-91, he left an indelible impression on me. I always listened and learned when he spoke, His concise coherant speeches were well-researched, grounded on reliable facts and knowledge of the City's operations and delivered in a calm objective manner. I never doubted his genuine commitment to the City's best interests. He was a gentle, soft spoken man of integrity and modesty. We were very fortunate to have his leadership on Council and all the various boards and committees, both local and national, he served on for 26 years. Farewell Jae you did good!

Pamela Simmons SASOW President 2022-2023

May 12, 2024 at 2:53 PM

Jae's impact on the St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg was truly remarkable. His unwavering commitment to inclusivity and doing what was right has left an enduring legacy that will continue to inspire us all. He was pivotal in advocating for women's participation in the Society, laying the foundation for me and other women to become leaders. During his presidency, he championed the involvement of families, emphasizing the importance of togetherness and unity.

 

Jae was our compass for understanding the background and history behind each Society's bylaw. His counsel and wisdom were invaluable, and many of us sought advice and guidance. His dedication to upholding the values of our Society was evident in his attendance at the reconciliation forum organized by Mayor Brian Bowman's Indigenous Advisory Circle—a testament to his enduring commitment to setting the record straight and advocating for social justice.

 

He wrote the following in his presidential annual report 2018=2019:

I attended, as an observer, a Forum organized by Mayor Brian Bowman’s Indigenous Advisory Circle to hear some panelists discuss reconciliation issues. Some weeks earlier, some inaccurate and somewhat disparaging comments were made by the Mayor and some of his staff about Donald A. Smith (Lord Strathcona, the Society’s first President) and others of that era, and I wanted to have that record corrected. Unfortunately, there was no opportunity provided for audience participation with the panelists. However, this is a matter that the Society will need to keep a watching brief on going forward.

We are immensely grateful for Jae's tireless efforts; his memory will forever remain a source of inspiration for all of us. His leadership, compassion, and unwavering dedication have left an indelible mark on our hearts and our Society.

 

Rest in peace, Jae Eadie, and may your legacy continue to guide and inspire us.

Ken Hayes

May 9, 2024 at 4:01 PM

I had the privilege of getting to know and work with Jae during the years that I worked for The City of Winnipeg from 1975 to 2005. Jae was a decent and honourable man, who really did put the best interests of his constituents and The City of Winnipeg in general, first, in everything that he did. I never met his wife and daughter, but I could tell that he loved them dearly, and being a good Husband and Dad was very important to him.

Ken Hayes

Friend/Co-Worker.

Jenny Gerbasi

May 9, 2024 at 3:59 PM

I had the privilege to serve on Winnipeg City Council with Jae from 1998 to 2006.  He was always respectful, thoughtful and dedicated.  He loved his work with FCM and the Municipal sector.  He was a kind man and a gentleman.  Condolences and thought to his family and friends.


Jenny Gerbasi

former Winnipeg City Councilor

Angela (co-worker)

May 9, 2024 at 3:58 PM

Dear Rhoda,  please accept my sincere condolences as you & your family grieve the loss of your beloved Jae.

Many years have gone by but I still remember the days working with you at CIBC.

You spoke of Jae often so I knew that he was a caring, loving husband and father as well as a loyal friend to many.

May you find peace in the memory of him.

Linda Mayor

May 9, 2024 at 3:58 PM

Jae was a childhood playmate and neighbour from our days in E.K. I recall games of tag, hide and seek, ‘store’ with cardboard boxes as counters, ‘streetcar’ with a latched gate to open for entry, sliding on cardboard down the snow piles in the Eadie backyard, cricket and softball in the back lane (our Dads were known to get practice at window repair), marbles, and running away from the “little kids” - all those pesky younger brothers born around 1951 - they included Jae’s brother Graham, along with 3-4 others. 


Our mothers had arrangements that if any of them had an appointment, the kids would have lunch at one of the other’s homes. My brother and I had many lunches in Ina and Jim Eadie’s kitchen, and likewise, Jae and Graham, in ours.


One recollection I’ve never forgotten is of Jae’s kindness in walking with a 6-year old to school at Lord Wolseley for most of my Grade 1 year. The task may have been dictated by his Mom, but he never let on. Thank-you for that memory.


We’ve bumped into each other occasionally over the years. I’ll miss that.


My sincere condolences to you and your family, Rhoda, and to Graham and his family.


Rest in peace my friend.


Linda Mayor 


Childhood crony

Jillian (Schmidt) Lamothe

May 9, 2024 at 3:56 PM

Jae, Rhoda and Donna were actively involved at St James Anglican Church alongside our family for many years and I remember his dedication to that community as well as the full community of St James very well.  Please accept our condolences at this sad time.  Thinking of you all.

Douglas King

May 9, 2024 at 3:50 PM

I worked with Jae at City Hall in mid 1980's until my retirement in 1992.  My positions were Deputy City Clerk and Acting City Clerk attending City Council meetings.  I respected Jae as a gentleman, and we enjoyed many conversations together work wise and personal.  We saw each other a few times after our retirements, and I enjoyed renewing our friendship.  Jae was well spoken and made an excellent first Speaker on City Council.

I was very sorry to learn of his demise, and offer my condolences to his family.

Douglas King

Co-worker

JOE,BARB+KEN

May 9, 2024 at 3:50 PM

Rhoda, Donna  and Jae were always pleasant  and pleased to visit us and invite us in at our/their cottage at the lake. We enjoyed having Great neighbors as u were.


Sorry to hear about your loss, and dad(Donna)

Jim Oborne

May 9, 2024 at 3:45 PM

Jae and I with John Perrin and Bob Vandewater and others worked to save the St Andrew’s Society from collapse over the admission of Women.  A bunch of past presidents ( now members of the Gentlemen’s Club attempted to kill this initiative. Fortunately this effort was unsuccessful in part due to Jae’s leadership.

Grant and Jan.

May 9, 2024 at 3:44 PM

I will always remember Jae and Graham and their families as we are cousins. Many years of family get-togethers for Christmas, thanksgiving dinners etc. at my moms place and in later years  at Rhoda and Jae's for the wonderful meals and many laughs. I will miss Jae's company and remember always the gentleman he was. Condolences to Rhoda, Donna, Graham and families.

Much love

John Perrin

May 9, 2024 at 3:20 PM

Judith and I were so very sorry to learn the sad news of Jae's passing. Jae was a wonderful friend and colleague who contributed much to The St. Andrew's Society and to Winnipeg. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Rhoda and their family in their bereavement, We frequently shared a table at the St. Andrew's Day dinner and so will later try to add a couple of photos from happy times we will always remember.

Chris & Maria Lorenc

May 9, 2024 at 3:18 PM

It was with profound sadness that Maria and I learned of Jae’s passing. I had the great oricrlage if serving in Winnipeg city Council with Jae. He was not only an eloquent orator but a forceful intellect on Council who’s opinions were each worthy of consideration. His contributions in council and governance were many. Jae was a friend. We will miss him. Our condolences to Rhoda and family.

Rob and Barb Tisdale

May 9, 2024 at 3:13 PM

Rhoda and family.

Barb and I send our heartfelt condolences. The suddenness is always a shock. When we learned awhile ago that Jae was dealing with cancer I was impressed with how he just forged on. One of his most important traits was that Jae always showed up whether it was just a committee meeting or an AGM. You could count on him. I will always remember him when his patience was tested. He would set his lips firmly and his eyes would sparkle. He would always call out BS when he saw it. He lead by example.

G. D. (Gerry) Forrest

May 9, 2024 at 2:48 PM

I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Jae. His presence and contributions to the municipal world here in Winnipeg as a city councillor, in Manitoba as former President of Manitoba Urban Municipal Association and nationally thru the Federation of Canadian Municipalities were truly valued, know to be very fair and respected and as such he will dearly be remembered by all who knew him.


As the former Deputy Minister responsible for Municipal and Urban Affairs I had many opportunities to meet and travel with him both here in Manitoba and in Canada and I cherished those memories and the many discussions we had during those trips. When he had a view or an opinion, he always made sure I knew it.


I hope those cherished memories bring you, Rhoda and family comfort during this challenging time, and may you find solace in the support of friends and loved ones. My personal heartfelt condolences go out to you and everyone who knew and loved him. 

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