Jim was the oldest son of Henry and Charlotte Grandfield. He was raised on a farm in the Mabel Hill district. Through tough times he often missed school to help on the family farm and worked any jobs he could to help out. He had a trap line and sold the skins to raise money to buy skates for himself and his brother George so they could play hockey. He cut wood in the winter and hauled it in to heat the family homes.
When World War II broke out, Jim decided to join the war effort and joined the army at the age of 17 having to lie about his age to get in. He did his training and was given the job of a driver which may be why he ended up as a great school bus driver years later.
He married Grace Golden in October of 1956 and together they raised four children: Garnet, Miles, Bonnie and Wendy. The family lived in the Welland district where he operated a grain and livestock farm. He also logged timber, ran a sawmill and drove school bus route throughout the years on the farm. The family was involved in many activities and Jim volunteered to help out in any way. Running the pony rides and helping the kids ride gymkhana events took the whole family to many local fairs and sports days all summer long.
Jim was a born leader which helped in his involvement of the many clubs and organizations, he held many executive positions over the years.
Jim was awarded Nipawin Citizen and Builder of the Community in 2004, was inducted into the 4-H Hall of fame in 1992, received the NERPA award for his commitment to youth and seniors in 2005, and proudly received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. These are just a few of his accomplishments.
He drove the school bus for many years and hauled children all over the province for school sports events. He was the best driver and best cheerer they had.
Jim and Grace spent many summers at Barrier Ford Lake where they built their cabin. Whenever someone needed a tool, they would go see Jim and Grace, and would be treated to fresh baking and coffee too.
Jim and Grace made beautiful woodwork which they sold at craft sales all over the province, many people still have and use those children’s and doll furniture today.
Jim loved music and joined a few bands in his 90’s playing the spoons. This was one of his favorite things to do and still played them the last week of his life. He would play them for hours at the July 1st celebrations at the Nipawin Museum and weekly at Pineview Lodge with the Singing Pines.
He recently celebrated his 98th birthday and received 197 cards, he was so overjoyed by all the personal notes written inside each card, he felt very appreciated and honored.
Jim was predeceased by his parents: Henry and Charlotte Grandfield. His loving wife: Grace. Siblings: Charles Grandfield, Grace Ziehl, George Grandfield and Frank Grandfield.
Jim will be lovingly remembered by his children & grandchildren: Garnet & Janice Grandfield, Ashley(Troy) Hobbins, Matthew (Pam) Grandfield; Miles& Terry Grandfield, Cory (Theresa) Grandfield, Jeff (Brie) Grandfield : Bonnie& Joe Seerey, Nicole (Mark) Smith-Windsor, Joel (Alexia) Seerey : Wendy& Daryl Aasen, Brittany Aasen, Samantha Aasen. Also 12 great grandchildren he loved very much.
He will be remember and missed by all his friends and family.