Fenn, James 'Jim' Albert

Fenn, James 'Jim' Albert

December 29th, 2019

Passed away peacefully at University Hospital, on Sunday, December 29, 2019. He was born on November 10, 1927, in Wiarton, Ontario, and is fondly remembered by his wife of 73 years, Christena (née Lougheed); his daughters: Barb (Paul), Brenda (Gordon), and Sandy (Dan); his grandchildren: Nicole (Paul), Jacqueline (Curt), Andrew, and Brittany (deceased); his brother Finley (Helene); and great-grandchildren: Sydney, Jackson and Alice. He proudly served with the Metropolitan Toronto Police Service for 32 ½ years, retiring with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Jim was most happy being with his family, of whom he was incredibly proud. He also loved his cottage on the shore of Lake Huron, and spent many relaxing years there. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Friday, January 3, 2020, from 7:00 ~ 9:00 p.m. A gathering celebrating Jim’s life will be held in the summer in Oliphant. Donations to Cystic Fibrosis Canada or Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario can be made as expressions of sympathy. 

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Nicole and PaulYou are already missed Gramps, but you will never be forgotten...nor will all your semi-inappropriate rhymes and riddles. Love you.
Jacki, Curt, Sydney and JacksonThe days are a bit duller without your smile. I am so glad that our kids had the opportunity to have an amazing relationship with their GG Jim. Love you.
Diane RaynardDear Chris and Family It was a pleasure to be the PSW from SE Health who looked after Jim these last few months at Richmond Woods. He had a great smile and I always looked forward to our visits. Please accept my condolances to your entire family. I will miss Jim. Diane Raynard PSW
Jillian Driessen & FamilyAll our love to the Fenns. Never a visit to Jim & Chris with Britt where we weren’t offered a “happy hour” beverage. Never a dull moment ❤️
michael ruthR,I,P. Jim. Now you can get the motorcycle of your choice
Sally & RichardDear Barb and Paul and family, we send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May you have many happy memories of your Dad to warm your heart when feeling sad. The “Judge “is sorry she never met Jim personally and looks forward to hearing more stories later at the celebration of life. Love and hugs from us both.
Dave 5 EasterJim , Was my first boss at 5 Traffic , if all all people were like Jim. The world would be a better place , A PRINCE of a man , Rest in peace Sir .
Dave McCormackJim was my Staff Sergeant at 5 Traffic, a very kind and caring man. Many fond memories. Reat In Peace.
Tony and Cheryl HarnackOur family sends condolences on the passing of Jim. He was a wonderful gentleman. Thinking of you all.
Dave MarksSSgt Fenn like so many was my SSergeant at 5 Traffic I learned how to treat all people equally. I tried to follow his example my entire career. Gentleman Jim may you rest in peace
Gary BeamishS/Sgt James Fenn was one of the best. He was a good honest person who always had time for his people. The Police Brotherhood has lost one of the great ones!! My sincere condolences to the family. Gary Beamish Retired member
Joseph SokolowskiS/Sgt Fenn was always an absolute gentleman. He carried a moniker as "Gentleman Jim". It was my honour to have served with somone like you. Rest in peace brother.
Bill WilsonCondolences to Jim’s family and friends. I worked for him at 5 Traffic, such a gentleman who looked after us and had our backs. I often drove by his house in the Guild (my patrol area for a time) to say hello if he was outside doing yard work. Pretty sure he didn’t remember my name, but Jim was always happy to have a chat.
Kevin BahmIn 1973 Sgt. Fenn conducted my road test to obtain my blue card.. I never directly worked for Jim but every by chance meeting afterwards he always addressed me by my first name directly. He was one of the finest men I ever encountered. My heart felt condolences to Jim’s family.
Craig MortonI had the honour and pleasure of knowing Jim Fenn in our time together as members of the Metropolitan Toronto Police. A gentleman and mentor to all he knew. Jim will be missed by his families, at home and at work!! Rest In Peace brother!
Al SmithJimmy was THE best Staff Sergeant that I have ever worked for. A true gentleman in every sense of the word and a great mentor. RIP, Staff.
Greg JonesI am saddened to hear of Jim's passing. He was my S/Sgt while I was a Sgt at 5 Traffic and was a role model for myself and everyone that worked with him. RIP amigo.
Tom BrowningCondolences to the Fenn family, I echo all the comments made about Jim. As a Sgt in Traffic he was my Staff Sergeant and a real help to myself and a joy to work with. A true gentleman who Will be fondly remembered God bless you all.
Jim AdamsTo Jim’s Family, our deepest and heartfelt condolences. I to have had the privilege of working with Jim in 1 Traffic, 5 Traffic and he was one finest men I have ever know, kind, gentle and his nickname “Gentleman Jim” fitted him to a tee! Rest In Peace Jim. Jim&Nancy Adams
John BatesA true Gentleman. Throughout my own career I tried to use Staff Fenn as a model of how how to be a good leader.
Jeff PatrickJim: Thank you so much for just being you: a wise, kind, unselfish and caring person. You are always in my thoughts.
Bill NelsonJim was my Staff Sergeant at 5 Traffic for several years. I will always remember his quiet, unassuming and friendly personality. He was well respected by us all and a great mentor and equally great leader. He was one of a kind and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Brian PeaseJim was my first Staff Sergeant, as I started my Police Career. It was an honour to work with him and he was a great role model. My thoughts and prayers are with the Fenn family.
Dave StockMy condolences to Chrisena and the Fenn family on the passing of Jim. I can only echo the words that have been written before me. S/Sgt Gentleman Jim was also my S/Sgt in 5 Traffic all those years ago. This soft spoken man was an inspiration to us all. Rest in peace. Dave Stock (Ret)
Graham WhiteheadIf you had never met Jimmy Fenn, you just need to read the comments of officers that worked for him. He was my Staff Sgt. at 5 Traffic. The way he treated the officers on his platoon was second to none. In return, we had nothing but respect for him. He was the standard all supervisors hoped to attain. He will be remembered as one of the finest people to have worked for the Toronto Police.
Michael MaticMy heartfelt prayers and condolences to the extended Fenn Family. Staff Sergeant Jimmy Fenn was my first TPS Staff, suffice it to say an exceptional police officer, role model, leader and principled man that left a positive impression on all who crossed his path. He left me with many memorable moments, shared laughs, and to say Jimmy always had your back would be an understatement. He embodied and represented all the best and most genuine qualities of what constitutes a police leader of character and professionalism. I am thankful to have known Staff Fenn and often share stories of the impressions he left upon myself with my son. In that light, his memory will remain in the hearts and minds of my family and I’m sure all who knew him... Rest In Peace Staff Fenn
Harold WilliamsonI remember him as a very nice man, liked and respected by all. Glad to see he got to enjoy a long retirement. He deserved it.
Don and Irene MilesI would like to offer you and your family our deepest and most sincere condolences. It was truly an honor to have known Jim as both a colleague and a friend. He embodied the qualities of a true leader and was a man of integrity. His loss will be felt by many but he will be cherished in the memories of those who knew him forever.
Tony BakerI echo the sentiments of my many past Police colleagues in recognizing Jimmy Fenn as indeed a true gentleman. He was a wonderful, loving, and caring man who made a lasting impact on me and all the others he served alongside on the Metro Police. Thanks Jimmy, you have left us but not before you did your part in making a positive difference in the lives of all who knew you. In the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson you can say, “I am a part of all that I have met.”
Bernie PowerI also worked for S/Sgt. Fenn at 5 Traffic. The remarks made by others are a great reflection of the wonderful man Jim was. I can only add that I considered myself fortunate to have worked for such a wonderful person. I will forever miss him.
Robert NeagleJames Fenn, Kind, understanding, patient, and admired. More words can be said. Jim was my platoon S/Sgt. Always someone you could reach out to, always making you feel comfortable in any situation. So well liked that on his retirement the platoon sent him and his wife Christena on a vacation to Barbados. It was a privilege to have been able to work alongside such a fine man. He will surely be missed. My condolences are heart felt and go out to the family.
Ed HoeyI’m saddened to read about Jim’s passing. As everyone has said Jim was the ultimate gentleman. He was my Sergeant at 14 Division, and I recall very well a few of the incidents I was involved with along with him. He was the most decent, honest and upright man I worked for. Thank you Jim for your example. My sincere condolences to the Fenn family.
Ralph BayleyI worked with Jim when he came to 1 Traffic. He was truly a gentleman and a well respected individual. It was a pleasure knowing Jim and working with him.
Pat LymburnerJim was indeed a gentleman. I recall his patience when I was a boy and he worked at Canada Packers in Wiarton. He was willing to take time to let me watch and learn about their processes, letting me sample the butter fresh from the churn. Later, as a policeman, he was a guiding light and a great model to emulate. I will always think kindly of him.
Ron InnesI was at 5 Traffic over 40 years ago, and I remember S/Sgt. Fenn to be a kind gentleman, who always tried to see the other guy's side of the story. R.I.P.
Gordon CrydermanI am another police officer that worked with best S/Sgt at 5 traffic. He was always a kind gentleman and I had the greatest respect . Sorry for your loss.
Arni Eggertson S/Sgt Jim Fenn. 5 Traffic. What a nice man! A great Boss. An excellent example of a Police Officer. I was enjoying a beverage with Bob Stenton and Brian Lupson on Dec 31st. We all recalled how such a Gentleman, Jim Fenn was. He always had time for young motorcycle officers. Rest In Peace Staff.
Terence MarchantJim a gentleman for sure. I worked with Jim at 1 Traffic he was loved by all he touched. Many good and happy memories Rest in Peace Jim. Condolences to Christena And Family.
Janet HudsonJim we will miss you greatly. You could always be counted on for a joke. Have a drink with Brian while waiting for us all to be together again.
Walter & Norma Corley We have many happy memories of you and Chris staying in Florida. Our deepest sympathy to Chris and her loving family. Walter and Norma
Mike Whitchurch Sandy I am so sorry to hear about your father my thoughts are with you and your family
David HenryHeaven just got a great one! As fine a man as I’ve ever known! Often a time of great sorrow, but instead I remember only fond memories of a man who touched the lives of so many, and left them smiling. Brittany and many others will be thrilled to see you Jim. Hope to see you again some day! ❤️🙏
Marlene and Mary VivianTo the Fenn Family: Jim was gifted with many attributes of kindness, hardworking and honesty and was a ray of sunshine in everyone's life and a real gem. Jim was a beacon of light and hope on this journey of life for humanity. As Auxiliary Police officers Jim was our S/Sgt at 5 Traffic. After his retirement to London we enjoyed many laughs and good times. He will be missed greatly and may God bless. Our deepest condolences. Kindest Regards, Marlene and Mary Vivian
Brent DuPlessisChris, Sandy and the entire family, I often wondered how such a nice man could have been a police officer in Toronto, and from reading the condolences above, it sounds like that kindness made him a great police officer. I always enjoyed his visits to my office and Chris asking "What stories did he tell you this time?" He truly was one of the good ones. My deepest sympathies go out to you, Brent
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