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James Foord

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JAMES STEPHEN FOORD

May 15, 1960 – March 8, 2024

James Stephen Foord, born on May 15, 1960, in Flin Flon, Manitoba, passed away on March 8, 2024, at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind a legacy of love, faith, and cherished memories.


James spent his early years in Flin Flon before relocating to Snow Lake in 1963. He completed his K-12 education at Joseph H. Kerr School, where he excelled both academically and athletically. A proud moment in his youth was representing Manitoba as the team Captain in the 1977 Canada Summer Games, showcasing his talent in rifle shooting.


During his time at Full Gospel Bible Institute in Eston, Saskatchewan, James met the love of his life, Gwendolyn, whom he married on November 6, 1982. After graduating with his Pastoral Diploma in 1984, James and Gwen returned to Snow Lake, where they raised their three children, Jonathan, Samara, and Stephen, while actively participating in the Snow Lake Christian Center and Simonhouse Bible Camp.


James' faith was central to his life. He found strength, purpose, and guidance through his relationship with God, which he shared passionately with others.


While working in various capacities in the mines of Snow Lake and Flin Flon until 2005, James remained steadfast in his faith, drawing on it as a source of resilience during challenging times. His faith continued to guide him as he and Gwen relocated to Winnipeg in 2005. James first found new work as a car salesman and then joined Gwen at CEF Canada, spreading the message of God's love and grace to children and families across the world. During this time James and Gwen were active members of Riverwood Church, specifically the Firehall where James' boisterous laugh and singing voice will be truly missed.


James was a man of many passions and talents. He enjoyed fishing, playing games, and sharing stories with friends and family. An avid cribbage player, he boasted of three - 29 hands and took great joy in spending time with his eight grandchildren.


James is survived by his beloved wife Gwen Foord; his children, Jonathan (Amanda), Samara (Steffan) Fields, and Stephen (Sherry); his grandchildren, Selah, Elise, Liam, Benjamin, Zoe, Hazel, Remington, and Autumn; his brother, Greg (Val); and extended family. He is now reunited with his parents, Benjamin and Julianna Foord; and niece Rebekah Friesen.


The Foord Family expresses heartfelt gratitude to everyone who walked alongside us and provided unwavering support throughout James' battle with cancer over the past year, as well as during other family medical emergencies. We extend a profound thank you to the compassionate staff at HSC GD6, who acted as heaven-sent angels, caring for Dad during these challenging months.


A celebration of James' life will be held at 1pm on March 23 at Riverwood Church: The Warehouse (270 Gordon Avenue).


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CEF Canada or HSC Foundation (specifically GD6 Hope Project) in James' honour.


James' legacy of love and faith will continue to inspire all who knew him. Though he may be gone from our sight, his spirit will forever live on in our hearts.


James’ 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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Memories, Stories and Condolences

 

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Comments (24)
Guest
Mar 23

this is andrea,my condolences

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Mar 19

Condolences to you Gwen and your family. Praying that you will be filled with the comfort only God can give. Our hearts grieve with yours and rejoice with heaven's angels for James coming home. Dan & Mary

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Mar 19

James you won't be forgotten. I will always remember those awesome times at Simonhouse Bible Camp we all shared. The pudding fight, your partner Slave Dave, your smile and your singing!

You made the world a brighter place. Now heaven will be rejoicing with you. Thank you

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Mar 18

Rest in Peace James . From an old Snow Laker. Hugs to you Gwen

Margie Harris

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Mar 18

May the Lord bring great comfort to the Foord family, and much love to Gwen.

Toni -CEF Manitoba

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Mar 16

I have known James for a long time meeting him at work at the Ford dealership. He was the most friendliest person and he was a pleasure to work with and also socialize with outside of work. His laugh was contagious and brightened everyone’s day. We enjoyed both him and Gwen and had lots of occasions outside of work. James will be missed by all people that he touched.


Wayne

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Mar 16

Please accept our sincere condolences dear sister Gwen and her family. May you receive from God the consolation you need to get through this ordeal. With all my heart with you in prayer. AEE-CEF Guadeloupe (FWI)

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Mar 16

My condolences to Gwen and family, will continue to keep you in prayer.

Camelda

Antique

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Mar 16

My condolences to Gwen and the family,

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Mar 16

James was such a kind and caring brother! We spent many happy days together with him and his family at Simonhouse Bible Camp with James as our enthusiastic worship leader. You will be greatly missed but look forward to meeting again in glory!

"There's a blessed blessed time a comin, comin soon..."

Bill & Marilyn Lennox

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Mar 16

James is one of the best men our family has known.we will always remember our fishing trips and his beautiful strong voice as he sang an we trolled to catch the big one.Condolences to you Gwen and family from the Abromovich family.

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Mar 15

My dear Sis Gwen, may you and your family experience God's continual Strength and Grace. He is with you . Be assured of the prayers of the CEF family in Barbados.


Sheron Knight

Barbados

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Mar 15

Condolences to you Gwen, may our Lord give you peace during this difficult period.

Yolanda de Palm

Aruba

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Mar 15

My condolences to Gwen and the family. This has been a very difficult journey for all of you and I know James will be missed.

I have fond memories of his ‘teddy bear hugs’ and his beautiful voice praising God in song. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Maria Aiello

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Mar 15

My Condolences to Gwen and the Family. I feel blessed to have known James. He was a great man that always had a welcoming smile and a big heart. You will be miss James Foord.

Brenda Spearman💔

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