James “Jim” Van Delinder


July 18, 1935 – December 8, 2021

James Philip Van Delinder passed away at Victoria Hospital, London on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at the age of 86.
Jim was predeceased by his loving wife of 64 years, Joyce (nee Sakalo) (August 24, 2021). He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his daughters Lori White and husband Greg, Sandra Field and the late Janice Vodden and late husband Paul. He will also be fondly remembered by his grandchildren and their families; Angie Spalding, Michelle Lewington, Ryan Field, Kevin Field, Emily Greenwood, Michael Fisher and his eleven great-grandchildren. Jim was born in Windsor, ON to Philip & Irene Van Delinder and was one of three children.

Jim lived with his wife Joyce and together they raised their 3 daughters in Georgetown, ON prior to moving to Guelph, ON. He began his career as a “Milkman” and as good luck would have it, he landed his first Sales Rep position with Heinz a few years later. His good nature and ease with people quickly earned him promotion after promotion …. Jim retired in his early sixties as Vice President of a large multinational food company with many fond memories of a rewarding career.

A special “Thank You” to the extraordinary staff at Victoria Hospital, London for their kindness and compassion during his three weeks in their care. Sincere appreciation to all staff at The Village of Arbour Trails, Guelph for going “over & above” and treating Jim with respect, dignity and excellent care as his health rapidly declined and his care needs increased.

Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario, 117-4500 Blakie Road, London, ON N6L 1G5 or the MS Society Southwestern Ontario, 20-1100 Dearness Drive, London, ON N6E 1N9 would be greatly appreciated. A Celebration of Life is planned for a later date. Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at www.cremationlondon.com

  1. Dear Sandy and family,
    I was so sorry to see that your dad had recently passed on. I have such fond memories of coming to your house on Irwin and seeing your dad. He seemed like a celebrity to me at the time, very personable, welcoming and warm. He always made me feel important. It makes me smile to think back on those days. I am also sorry to hear of the passing of Janice and your mom over the years. I am sure that you and Lori treasure all the times that you had as a family.
    We recently lost my dad a few weeks ago, so I know how hard it can be.
    Love to all of you,
    Cathy de Hueck

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