July 10, 1942
October 3, 2023
It is with deep sorrow that Susan (Sue) McCoy and Patricia (Patty) Bene announce the passing of Robert James McCoy (Jim McCoy). Jim peacefully passed away in the presence of Sue and Patty on October 3rd, 2023.
Jim was born on July 10th, 1942 in Windsor, ON to his late parents, Robert and Audrey McCoy. He is survived by his sisters Margaret Holmes (Allan Holmes), Maureen Stewart (Atholl Stewart), and Carol Watts (Dan Watts). Jim will be lovingly remembered as a dedicated father to Patty Bene (Phillip Bene) and as a beloved husband to Sue McCoy for 54 wonderful years. He was affectionately known as Uncle Jimmy to Colleen, Jim, Chrissie, Tara, Brendan, Amy, and Peggy. Jim proudly embraced the title of “Papa Jim” for his cherished grandson Colin Costie and he held a special place in his heart for his other grandkids through love, namely Jacklyn Bene, Noelle Dupret Smith, Holden Dupret Smith, and Jony Shleyfman.
Throughout his career, Jim made a significant impact as a respected teacher and guidance counselor at Belle River, Patterson, and W. D Lowe High Schools. He dedicated himself to supporting numerous students in the community over the years. After retiring, Jim could often be found at Obijway Park, wearing his baseball cap and holding his binoculars as he sipped on his beloved “Timmie Hortons” coffee. He had a captivating storytelling ability, adapting his tales to suit any situation. Jim had a genuine interest in the lives of those around him, and he loved wholeheartedly. He delighted in bird watching in the county, dining by the water, and reserving Sunday mornings for a special breakfast with his daughter Patty.
Jim’s memory can be cherished by loved ones through the appreciation of Country Western Music and the enjoyment of observing birds. A celebration of his life will take place at Ojibway Prairie Complex on November 11th, from 1-5 pm. In honor of Jim, the McCoy family kindly requests that any donations from friends and family be made to Ojibway Prairie Complex.