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James C Potter

March 19, 1940 - March 30, 2017

James Potter: March 19, 1940 - March 30, 2017

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Posted by:
Throop Family

Posted on:
April 24, 2017

Very few people enjoyed life more or provided so much pleasure to so many others than Mr. James Potter. This was our family’s very good fortune. We’re very lucky & thank Jimmy for his consistent great fun for life. For his abundant interest & kind guidance showed with an outstanding recovery & yearly maintenance of our treasured Avoca over many years. Our Grandson Zephyr having had an opportunity to meet Jimmy the last few sailing seasons. We always looked forward to begin & finish boating with wonderful visits at the Potter fascinating boat works. Spend great times together with Jimmy's & most accomplished crew. We’ll all miss him greatly. We feel your tremendous family loss. Send our love & condolences to family & friends everywhere. With each Avoca sailing & return to Port Larrimac we’ll always be with our good mate Jimmy - his kind heartness with us always. It was our great, great pleasure to know him.

Posted by:
Cameron and Jocelyn Graham

Posted on:
April 24, 2017

Dear Linda, We have just now heard the very sad new of Jimmy's death and are heart-broken. In our eyes he will always be the engaging 'young fella' who would drop anything to chat about our boats, or engines, or club matters, or sometimes just plain gossip. A wonderful man who did so much to advance the cause of antique boats and who loved their equally antique owners. We've not seen the Potters in recent years, but want you know that here on the shores of Georgian Bay, we are thinking tonight of Jim, praying for him, and grieving for you Linda and the family. Much love to you all.

Posted by:
Chris Narraway

Posted on:
April 22, 2017

So sorry to hear of your loss. I have many good memories of being your neighbors at the cottage.

Posted by:
Tim and Jodi Keefe

Posted on:
April 9, 2017

So sad to learn of Mr. Potter's passing. Whenever we were out working in the yard we would hear the honk and sure enough there was the white Ford pickup. When I would drop by the shop he would always have a great story to tell and plenty of time to tell it. Our condolences to your family and the guys in the shop.

Posted by:
Shirley & Lionel Lumb

Posted on:
April 7, 2017

So sorry to hear the sad news, Linda. We hope you and your family are recovering from the loss. Our prayers for now, but hugs to come when we meet again.

Posted by:
Lynn & Gerry Hancock

Posted on:
April 7, 2017

RIP Jimmy. It was so much fun knowing you and your family. Our family has some wonderful Rideau memories, thanks to you.

Posted by:
Marcus Nickold

Posted on:
April 6, 2017

Dave, Linda, Charlie and family, It was always a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak with Jim on my visits. I will miss his awesome perspective on life. Sending our condolences from myself and the Nickold family. Marcus

Posted by:
Wayne,Penny Freitag

Posted on:
April 5, 2017

To Linda, Charlie and family members. We wish to extend our sincerest condolences in regards to the passing of your Dear loved One James.He truly was a very unique person and a fine Gentleman with an infectious smile that greeted me on every occasion that we met. He was a conversationalist bar none. When we met our discussions would begin with wooden boats and then cover all the current events of the day. My last such conversation with Jimmy was on march 29th or 30th at our local grocery store. I will never forget our chance meeting that day; God Bless you James

Posted by:
Dawn and Randy McKendry

Posted on:
April 5, 2017

Our sincere condolances to Linda and family. We always enjoyed a chance to visit and have a chat with Jim. We will miss him and we are very sorry for your loss. Dawn and Randy McKendry

Posted by:
Rick Lawrence

Posted on:
April 5, 2017

linda I am sorry for your loss I enjoyed the trips we took together with the omta you have my condolences rick

Posted by:
Doreen Wark

Posted on:
April 4, 2017

Linda & family. I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I have many good memories of the milk transporter trips we went on with you two. Bev always enjoyed his time with Jim. My condolences to all of you. Doreen Wark.

Posted by:
Steve and Fran LaPorte

Posted on:
April 4, 2017

To Linda and family. On behalf of our families, Wayne and Michael, we were all very saddened to hear of Jim's passing. Jim was one of a kind and will remain in our memories forever. Our condolences.

Posted by:
Margot Rayburn

Posted on:
April 4, 2017

Linda - we were so sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing. We were glad to have reconnected with him recently as Ron is restoring a cedar strip. Ron was very grateful for his advice and his help. Sincere sympathies. Margot Rayburn and Ron Lemieux

Posted by:
Michael Mirsky

Posted on:
April 4, 2017

Having had the opportunity to interact with many of the area's wonderful characters, I can honestly say "Jimmaaaaay" is one of the most memorable. We usually had most interesting conversations, his time allowing, which always had me looking forward to the next time. I envied his talent, ability and more than that, his wonderful outlook on life. He will be missed. My condolences to the entire family.

Posted by:
Ed and Linda Skinner

Posted on:
April 4, 2017

JIMMY. - THE FLAME WE. - THE MOTHS All were drawn to his intellect, love of music, story -telling, love of family, loyalty to friends, ability to make friends where ever he went, sense of humour, knowledge, love of boating, successful career as a boat restorer and his love to go boating anywhere, anytime. The word LOVE keeps cropping up in our retrospective . In Realitity, LOVE is what the man was all about! We will miss him. Our sincere sympathy Linda to you and your family The FLAME has been extinguished, but we the moths will continue to remember.

Posted by:
Sharon Foran (Sloan)

Posted on:
April 3, 2017

The Potter Family: My deepest sympathy on the loss of James. All your wonderful memories will help you through this difficult time. I too have good memories of James from growing up in Manotick.

Posted by:
Cindy Millar

Posted on:
April 3, 2017

Hi Linda, Charlie (Cara), David (Fiona) & family..I would like to extend our (myself, Melissa & Melinda) deepest sympathies of the loss of a wonderful, loving, funny man, I will treasure our many visits on the water/having the opportunity to work with Jim on the beautiful oldies. He will be greatly missed by all...Cindy

Posted by:
Denis & Louise Ladouceur

Posted on:
April 3, 2017

To Linda and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Jim was a great character and individual and we were fortunate to know him for more than fifty years.

Posted by:
Valerie Wright

Posted on:
April 3, 2017

To Linda, Charlie & family: We were shocked and saddened to hear of Jim's sudden passing. While we have known him for many years, and my son, Steven, and Charlie have been long-time friends, it was while renovating our 1960 Chris Craft that we truly came to appreciate what a special gentleman Jim was. He gave us great encouragement and guidance towards the completion of the boat. Steven and I always looked forward to waving to him as we sped by "Peace a Plenty", and we will be thinking of him this summer and for many years to come. Rest in peace Jim. Valerie Wright (Portland) Steven (North Gower) & the rest of our family

Posted by:
Dan and Liz Hobbs

Posted on:
April 3, 2017

Our condolences to Linda and family. May you cherish the wonderful memories at this difficult time.

Posted by:
Pietro Maviglia

Posted on:
April 2, 2017

I was making a model of the Andrea Doria and wanted to ask Jim how he dealt with compound curves. He was delighted with the model and with every major step completed, I would bring it out to show him. He was a grand gentleman and the only member of McAlpine's Fusilliers I ever met and he always had a ready smile for someone who loved ships and boats as he did. And we would talk of everything from road construction to tall ships.... "I owe this man more tears than you shall see me pay." AVE ATQUE VALE Pietro

Posted by:
john

Posted on:
April 2, 2017

Very fortunate to have met Jim. He helped me restore my Dad's Peterborough cedar strip. It will always be a special boat to me.

Posted by:
Adolfo de Bold

Posted on:
April 2, 2017

Sincerest condolences to Jimmy's family. He will be missed by all who knew him and the boating community in particular.

Posted by:
Dick Harling

Posted on:
April 2, 2017

Wendy and I are truly saddened at learning of his passing. Jimmy and I have been friends with a common interest in antique boating. Over the past 25 or 30 years we have talked, exchanged parts, exchanged information. Jimmy helped me find old St Lawrence Marine motor parts and help in keeping these old motors going in my 1921 "Bunty", which is still in full running order. Please pass on our condolences to the entire family. Sincerely, Wendy and Dick Harling

Posted by:
Carter Brown

Posted on:
April 2, 2017

Mine is one of countless stories of people who have Jim to thank for finding their passion. There is no greater gift. Let us all work to carry on his tradition. Thank you Jimmy

Posted by:
John & Lynn Bastedo

Posted on:
April 2, 2017

We are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing, deepest condolences to you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Jimmy will be fondly remembered.

Posted by:
Shirley wallace

Posted on:
April 2, 2017

Wallace family - Shirley, Bruce, Robbie, we send our deepest sympathy to Linda and family, to Jane and Mary. We have many fun and memorable memories enjoyed with James over the years. He was a wonderful person.

Posted by:
Elizabeth Grace

Posted on:
April 1, 2017

It was always a big event in our family when Mr. Potter made the trip to our lake with a beautifully refinished boat. Our late father, John Grace, particularly enjoyed the conversations as well as the expertise of Jim Potter. He was a lovely man that we will remember him fondly. Our condolences to the Potter family from the Graces.

Posted by:
Pryce & Lyn Apedaile

Posted on:
April 1, 2017

Our sincere sympathy is extended to Linda & family. Pryce's close friendship with Jim goes back many years to high school, and we are recalling the adventures and wonderfully happy and carefree times experienced together in those early years. We know he will be hugely missed by family and friends. Sincerely and affectionately, Lyn & Pryce

Posted by:
JIm Domm

Posted on:
April 1, 2017

As a member of ACBS Toronto I spent a few very enjoyable boating adventures on Big Rideau with Jimmy and Linda, They always made me feel welcome. Jimmy was a great supporter of our avocation and will be missed very much by me and the entire international antique boating community. My condolences to you, Linda, and your family. Jim Domm

Posted by:
Dan Swanson

Posted on:
April 1, 2017

Having learned of the passing of Jim Potter, Carol and I would like to express our deepest sympathies to the Potter family. I worked closely with Jim for almost 20 years at Millar Potter boat restoration and Jim always made the job fun. His passion for the old wooden boats gave way to a very successful business that is responsible for the great number of classic boats we see on the Rideau river every summer. Jim will be remembered for that passion and I will always be grateful for the almost 20 years working in the boat shop.

Posted by:
Norman Field

Posted on:
April 1, 2017

Jim Potter was a prince of a man. Not only did he arrange for my 2 boats to be restored but he imparted to me his enthusiasm for life. I would stop by just for a chat and to see what he and the crew were up to. It was a pleasure to have known him and spend time in his company. My thoughts and prayers go to his family as they regroup and go forward. God speed, Jim -- The boat you are in now is a classic as you were in life. Norman Field North Gower, Ontario

Posted by:
Gordon Mills

Posted on:
April 1, 2017

Jim was a unique individual that I had the opportunity to do business with but more importantly considered a friend to always left me smiling. My sincere condolences with your lost.

Posted by:
Marjory & Doug LeBreton

Posted on:
April 1, 2017

There are no words to describe how profoundly sad and shocked we are to learn of the passing of our dear and longtime friend Jimmy Potter. The Rideau River and Mahogany Harbour in Manotick will not be the same without him. Fortunately Charlie and his family still add to our pleasure as we see and hear the RIOT go by. To Linda (a friend back to our public school days), David, Charlie, your spouses and children and the entire Potter family, we extend our sincere and heartfelt sympathy.

Posted by:
Catherine Lodge

Posted on:
April 1, 2017

Linda - I am so sad to hear of Jimmy's passing. Condolences to you and the family from Gerry and I. I have so many special memories of Jimmy, over many years. He had this way about him that was so intriguing, unexpected and special. I remember one ACBS International function in Ottawa several years ago at the Chateau Laurier. At some point that evening Jimmy got up on stage with some friends and sang Dylan's "You Ain't Going nowhere" and it just blew me away. A quintesential Jimmy Potter moment. Thank you for those moments Jimmy. "Take your mind off of wintertime"

Posted by:
David Hostettler

Posted on:
April 1, 2017

Linda, David Charlie and families, please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of Jim I worked for him on the boats and trucks for several years and remained friends dropping by the shop for advice or just to see what the lads were up to. My fondest memories include Jim singing along to the old 8 track player, some old songs smiling when he reached the high notes...."This is a train song" by Murray McLauchlan always comes to mind. Sometimes I would find a old wooden boat sitting in a barn or in a field 200 miles away on some old back road. I would stop by the shop to tell Jim about it...he would smile and ask if they still had the three legged dog running around the yard or if they fixed the gate. I would just laugh and continue my search for the boat Jim didn't know about. I will miss him. "Rest in peace my friend"

Posted by:
Steven Wright

Posted on:
April 1, 2017

We were shocked to hear of the passing of your father. He was not only an outstanding man but we know that he was also a great dad -and grandfather. He is no doubt cruising the heavens in the most incredible boat. Our deepest condolences to the entire Potter Family. Steven & Paula

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