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James ‘Jim’ Donald Hackett S/SGT. (Ret’d)

March 24, 2024

REG# 19191
1936 – 2024
YEARS OF SERVICE: 1955 – 1996
POSTINGS: “H” Div, “B” Div, “O” Div

It is with sadness the family announces the passing of James Donald Hackett on Sunday, March 24, 2024 in London, Ontario. He was 87 years old. He leaves to mourn, his wife Cathy E. Koszman, Reg# 32395 (Ret’d), and his daughter, Carol Rosenthall. Predeceased by parents Wilfred and Virginia (née MacDonald) Hackett. Jim was born on a farm near Lucknow. He received his education, grades 1 through 8, in a one-room schoolhouse in Belfast, Ontario. Jim completed grades 9 through 13 at Lucknow District High School in 1955. He joined the RCMP in November 1955, and was posted to “N” Division Rockcliffe in Ottawa, 1st part training, then to Depot Division in Regina for 2nd part training. Jim graduated in August, 1956 and was posted to “H” Division Halifax, Nova Scotia, and then was transferred to “B” Division, St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1962. In 1970, Jim transferred to “O” Division, Toronto, and retired to pension in June, 1996 in London, Ontario. There will be no funeral. Interment, at a later date, will be held at Greenhill Cemetery, 86511 Lucknow Line, Lucknow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to his cemetery, in Lucknow or a charity of their choice.

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Cathy, we will remember Jim on the golf course smiling & giving a friendly wave. Always so pleasant to talk & laugh with. It is a privilege to have known him and he will be missed.

~ Kevin & Dawne Johnson

Worked with Jim for many years. There was no finer man to work with and he was the ultimate gentleman. RIP Jim.

~ Larry Tronstad

A donation has been made to Greenhill Cemetery. Message from the donator: Cathy & Carol, our deepest & dearest thoughts are with you. We are saddened beyond belief by the passing of such a wonderful gentleman and friend. Jim will be missed every day. George & Judy

~ George & Judy Clark

Cathy and family, my deepest condolences on the passing of Jim. He was truly a great man.

~ Irene Ball

Cathy, our most sincere condolences on the passing of Jim. He was a true gentleman. Jim had a great career and the good fortune of have such a great partner in his life.

~ Connie Monk Martell and Paul Martell

So sorry and surprised at Jim's passing, we had many happy conversations as we passed on our daily walks. Carman Neighbour

~ Carman Dyer

I have many, many fond memories of my cousin Jim. The first when I was 5 and Aunt Virginia invited me to the farm to stay for a few days. I waited at the end of the driveway for Jim to come home on the bus from school and then 'followed' him for the remainder of the day/s. He drew the line when it came to me watching and listening to him practice his saxophone! During Christmas gatherings I eagerly waited for any tidbit of information related to his work and living experiences in Halifax, Nova Scotia, St John's, Newfoundland and then Toronto. Ripley Fairs, Ripley Reunions and family gatherings offered opportunities to appreciate his kind, gentle nature. I will certainly miss his yearly Christmas phone call and family updates. My deepest sympathy to Cathy and Carol.

~ Corinne MacDonald

A donation has been made to Greenhill Cemetery. Message from the donator: I will mail a cheque to Greenhill Cemetery as a doantion in memory of Jim.

~ Corinne MacDonald

Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My condolences to Cathy. Met Jim during a 3 year stint at CFSEU where Jim was the RCMP S/Sgt of the unit. He was truly an ultimate gentleman who through his mannerisms garnished the respect and support of all. RIP my friend.

~ Andy Durno (O.P.P. ret'd)

We will dearly miss a great friend. Jim was always a pleasure to be around and such a kind, humble ,positive person. Our many lovely memories of golfing at Hickory Ridge, in Florida, Santee , and PEI will be treasured. Our deepest sympathy to Cathy and Carol and to so many others whose life he has touched. May you rest in peace Jim!

~ Pat & Ken Needham

A quiet unassuming gentleman! A man who never saw anyone in a bad light! I can understand his popularity in all aspects of his life because he never sought to be recognized, never wanted to be noticed, but always supported everyone! A kind gentle soul! Rest in peace! May God Bless all because that is what Jim wanted!

~ Maurice W Koszman

Never heard anyone say anything derogatory about Jim, only positive and with respect. Simply put "one of the good guys" Rest in peace Jim. Condolences to Cathy

~ Terry Perreault

My condolences to Cathy and the entire family. Jim was a true gentleman and pleasure to know. We played golf together, enjoyed dining together and many sports experiences. Jim will be missed. RIP my friend.

~ Ernie Romain & Hope Romain

My condolences to Cathy and Jim’s entire family. Many fond memories of Jim over the past years…golfing, enjoying dinners and sporting events. A fine gentleman and great friend. R.I.P. Jim You will be missed!

~ Ernie Romain

My sincere condolences on Jim's passing. He will be sorely missed. May he Rest In Peace.

~ Ann Donnelly

Incredibly sorry to hear of Jims passing - he was a true gentleman and always a kind word for everyone. Cherish all the good memories Cathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and all family members.

~ Terry & Marion Cameron

My deepest condolences to friends and family. Jim was great neighbour in Ashfield Township and will be remembered for his great visits "at the cottage". Hazel,(Lorne) & Mac Hackett

~ Mac Hackett

Our sympathies to Cathy and Carol. I was fortunate to work for Jim 50 years ago. We would cross paths every once in a while and I always found him a true gentleman. Always a kind word for everyone. A few years ago my wife attended a funeral at which Jim was present. Rosina spoke to Jim and said she remembered him from Toronto RCMP in mid 70's! He had that type of affect on people. His comment was 'Imagine that, someone remembering me!'. May you take comfort in the fond memories.

~ Paul & Rosina Richard

Cathy and Carol, we cant begin to express the sadness we are feeling at the loss of a great man, and friend to us. I know Jim will be missed by so many. I hope you can find comfort in the days ahead thinking back on all the great memories you have shared. You are both in our thoughts an prayers. Hugs & love to you both.

~ Stacey and Spence Palmer

Jim was a big part of my life and that of my family growing up and I will never forget his kindness, friendly demeanour, jovial laugh and constant encouragement. I had the privilege of meeting Jim over 20 years ago when he and Cathy joined Hickory Ridge Golf & CC. As with how Jim lived his life, he was an avid supporter of me and the club on many different levels. Jim was a very humble man and always downplayed all the wonderful things he did throughout his life. In golf, he was a very quiet and unassuming player, but I always knew just how solid a competitor he was! Jim would always say to me “I had a lucky day Dave”….. as he would continue to go on and win many events over the years. Jim was always more interested in contributing to the wellbeing and interests of others ahead of his own. You would spend a lifetime walking to find someone who could fill the shoes of Jim Hackett. He was a good friend and will be missed. My heartfelt sympathy to Cathy and family.

~ Dave Corbiere

Saddened to hear of the death of a true gentleman. Memories return. Visits to the farm as a child, rides up from Toronto, Ripley Fair days at Aunt Florence's and family gatherings. His kindness to mom and dad has never been forgotten. Thinking of you at this sad time. A life well lived

~ Colin MacLennan

When I connected with Jim, 8 beautiful years ago, I said that there was no 'lost' time in our relationship, but simply 'found' time. A wonderful, kind, funny, thoughtful and generous man that gave me the genes to be great. I love Jim and to Cathy, you are in my life forever. Andrea and I are fortunate to have been part of Jim's story.....I will continue to show his traits through my actions. Love to all!

~ Carol Rosenthall

Our sympathy on Jim passing on to be with his mom n dad and many friends he acquired in a lifetime of being an honest and kind husband ,friend ,dad, mentor !! Will be missed by many. Hugs to Cathy.

~ Ian n Kathy hackett

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