April 15, 2021

James John Fernandes

May1st, 1943 – April 15th, 2021

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of James John Fernandes on April 15th, 2021. Son of late Lena and Santan Fernandes of Pune, India, and son-in-law of the late Teresa & Arthur (Archie) Alexander of Delhi, India.  Predeceased by his cherished siblings – Tommy, Arthur (Montreal) Babs and Mina Fernandes & his siblings in-law Maryann (New York) and Neville (India) Alexander.  James is survived by his older brother Denis Fernandes of Ottawa, Ontario, and younger sister Jenny Fernandes of India. James leaves to mourn his loving wife of 51 years Thelma Christine Alexander and his two loving daughters Chimene Fernandes and Tanya Fernandes. Son-in-law Rico Momusse & Pierre-Marc Duval. James treasured and took great pride in his grandchildren – Kyle Duval (19), Nyla Momusse (16), Malakai Duval (15), Alisha Momusse (13), Marcus Momusse (11) and Maliah Duval (8). In addition, Leaving behind his large extensive family from all over the world, nieces and nephews and extended family & friends.

James’s best known as Jimmy, arrived in Montreal Canada from India in 1977 where he worked for an Aerospace company in Montreal until he retired at the age of 63. James has been a parishioner and active member of the choir of Ste. Suzanne Catholic Church for many years. Jimmy always made God and Family his priority. James will be fondly remembered as a kind, funny and friendly man who never hesitated to help others in need. James will also be remembered for his love for a good Whiskey, cooking and watching wrestling during his down time. He will be sorely missed by all his family and those who had a chance to know him.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, May 14th, 2021 at Ste. Suzanne Church, 9501 Blvd Gouin W., Pierrefonds, QC, followed by a burial at Rideau Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 4239 Blvd Des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Qc. Due to the pandemic and restrictions with guests, the service and burial will be held privately. We will send a link for the Church services to all family & friends so they may attend virtually.

In lieu of flowers, if you desire, donations in Jimmy’s memory are to be made to The Society of the Little Flower or Don Bosco Society India.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Voluntas (514-695-7979, voluntas.ca).

Video of the Funeral Service.

Private Funeral Mass

Ste. Suzanne Catholic Church

9501, Gouin Blvd. W., Pierrefonds, Québec H8Y 1T7

Friday, May 14, 2021

Private Burial

Rideau Memorial Gardens

4239 Sources Blvd., Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Québec H9B 2A6

Friday, May 14, 2021

15 responses

  1. Penny Bhardwaj

    May 11, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Missing you Uncle Jimmy. Love you loads. Never thought you would leave us without saying goodbye. Until we meet in The Lord’s palace some day and our family be united once again. I know you are with your sisters and brothers gone before you and are once again united to Nana and Papa. Sending you love and kisses on angels wings.

  2. Althea Leslie Johnstone

    May 11, 2021 at 3:12 am

    Dedicated to Uncle Jimmy
    Dont think of Uncle Jimmy as gone away,
    His journey’s just begun, life holds so many facets ,
    this Earth is only one,
    Just think of him as resting, from the sorrow and the tears. in a place of warmth and comfort,
    where there are no days and years.
    Think how he must be wishing, that we could know today, how nothing but our sadness can really pass away.
    And think of him as living, in the hearts of those he touched, for nothing loved is ever lost, and he was loved so much.
    Uncle Jimmy you will be forever in our hearts and you will be missed dearly. Strength and love to Aunty Christine, Chimene & family and Tanya & family. – Deborah, Valentine, Leslie & Althea.

  3. Ariebeolie

    May 12, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Dearest cousin Jimmy, you were like a protective elder brother to me, as a teenager. And one of my favourite cousins! Though we each went our own ways and lost touch a bit in our adult years, we connected again here in Canada. And we remained in touch regularly. You would call me at home weekly, & I would call you back; and we’d have disagreements often, – but only because we cared so much. Slowly… the roles reversed; and I would be concerned if we didn’t call weekly. Now you are gone so suddenly. I shall miss you (& your calls) so much. But I am sure you are in a peaceful, happy place with your loved ones gone before you. I know the following verse will reflect your wishes…

    “Don’t think of me as gone away,
    My journey’s just begun.
    Life holds so many facets,
    This earth is but one.”

    R I P dearest cousin
    – Pam

  4. Dolores and Cousins

    May 13, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    Dear Jimmy will always be remembered as our jolly and witty cousin with a thoughtful nature. During his stay with us at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai, he used to entertain us with his sing-songs. Mom often sag along with him – “Those were the Days”. We miss him dearly.

  5. Kirk Dane Fernandes

    May 14, 2021 at 3:39 am

    You will always be remembered with love uncle Jim. Sad I won’t be able to see you and introduce you to my son Avery, but he will know of his father’s favorite uncle’s unwavering honesty, integrity and his sweet and gentle soul. Love you and miss you!

    • Josepha Martyres

      May 15, 2021 at 2:46 am

      Dear Jimmy I remember your warm smile, your humour, and your generous disposition. I was saddened to hear that you had left but I know you must be joyful with The Lord

  6. Josepha Martyres

    May 15, 2021 at 2:44 am

    Dear Jimmy I remember your warm smile, your humour, and your generous disposition. I was saddened to hear that you had left but I know you must be joyful with The Lord

  7. Karen & Robin Beckett

    May 16, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Jimmy! We will always remember you for your awesome sense of humour and happy nature. You are now in a happy place where you can share your jokes with all our loved ones who have gone before us. You will definitely be missed. May your soul Rest In Peace

  8. Col. Oliver Hyam and Sheila Oliver Hyam

    May 16, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    It is so hard and unbelievable that Jimmy my closest childhood friend and school best buddy is no more.

    May Jimmy’s Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

    We remained good friends even though oceans separated us.

    Jimmy was always my hero in School. He was athletic with a flair for music and singing.

    I will never forget the gusto and power with which Jimmy would sing for me and my family the songs “Hava Nagila” and “This Land is mine, G-d gave this land to me from the movie Exodus”.

    We were neighbors in Pune and shared nice memorable times.

    Jimmy had a pile of comics at his place which he willingly shared with me and my friends.

    Jimmy loved my mother as his own. He would always rave about the minced potato patties, my mother made and enjoyed them.

    I lived in India and Jimmy moved to Canada. Can you believe it, we met after a gap of 40 years in Montreal.

    His lovely daughter Tanya drove him to the airport to receive me. Tanya was wondering aloud if her father would recognize me and I him.

    Jimmy immediately replied to her “of course we will”
    And then hesitated and said “will we”! As Jimmy and I faced each other all the years disappeared and we both were the same two best friends that had parted almost 50 years back. All the gaps of the years just disappeared in thin air.

    Nothing had changed that’s the power of sincere friendship. We were to meet again this year but who knew fate desired otherwise.

    Jimmy left us with good memories which we will always cherish.

    Our heartfelt condolences to his wife Christine and his entire wonderful caring family.

    I will miss you Jimmy.

  9. Nisha Muire

    May 18, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Dear Uncle Jimmy, I’ll always remember you showing us how to dance to “Oh Mickey”, how you loved watching Nolan “play” guitar under his arm and your big smile. We are sorry you are gone, and will always carry the happy memories of growing up with you and your family. Nisha

  10. Milton & Diane

    May 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Dear Christine, Chimene, Tania and the rest of the family.
    Our family met your family the day you all came to Canada (1977). That evening Denis & Rose threw a party to welcome you all. Our family has known yours to this day except that, now our dear friend Jimmy has gone.
    Jimmy often said…” I know we don’t call each other all the time, but I know that if I ever needed someone in a crisis, I could count on you and likewise you can always count on me”. Some how I sensed that he said that to dozens of other folks that THEY could always count on him. That was Jimmy. He would give the shirt off his back to help anyone that asked him.
    To Jimmy’s three girls, you know that we love you a lot.
    Jimmy my (our) friend, you will be missed.
    With our sincere condolences
    Milton & Diane

  11. Monica Hernandez

    May 19, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    To a wonderful man who always welcomed my son and I in his home. My son use to enjoy spending time with his Jimmy watching cartoons . I can still hear you call me “kiddo”. I can still picture your smile and recall vividly your generosity to anyone who visited your home. I can still hear you ask if we were hungry and you would whip up a delicious meal in a matter of minutes. I am so grateful to have to been able to spend so much time with you and your beautiful family. You were always so wise and willing to share some good parental advice. Forever grateful to have met a man who was a devoted father, husband and friend. May you rest in peace.

  12. Razia Malek

    May 20, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Every time I drive by your old place in Saint Laurent, I remember you cooking Chinese food for us with such pride & great passion. You were always good & kind to my family and we will always remember you. May you Rest In Peace Jimmy. You will be missed and remembered. God bless

  13. Vivek Lobo

    May 24, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Dear Uncle Jimmy, it’s funny the things we remember and the things we forget. I distinctly remember, as a kid, walking down the street with you hand in hand. I must have told you I really wanted a Casio calculator watch. You took me straight to Consumers Distributing (now defunct) and bought me the watch. I’ll never forget that act of kindness. I’ll also never forget your cooking. Must run in the family because your brother, Uncle Denny, is also a great cook. You will be missed Uncle Jimmy, by all of us.

  14. Dale and Cecilia Muire

    May 29, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Dear Christine, Chimene and Tanya,
    We were very sad to hear about our good old friend Jimmy. The most wonderful friend to all who knew him. We were friends with Jimmy and the family from 1977 . He was a humorous, intelligent, kind, extremely helpful person…someone who was always good company. We spent many happy times together. He will be immensely missed by our family. He is gone too suddenly and too soon. May God grant his soul eternal rest.
    Cecilia and Dale.


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