It is with heavy hearts that our family announces the passing of Jim Dignan; a courageous, humble, and
honorable man on February 25th, 2021. Although taken far too soon, he leaves a lifetime of cherished
memories to his high school sweetheart, wife, and forever soul-mate Debbie (Mills) and his adoring
daughters Jessika and Emily. Devoted and caring son to MaryAnn; brother to Debi Dignan-Rumble
(Trevor); son-in-law to Jim Mills (Linda); brother-in-law to Shelley Paul (Bill); nephew to John Dignan
(Susan) and Michael Dignan (Kim); uncle and cousin to many; and “brother” to his dear friends. Jim is
predeceased by his father James; grandparents Joseph and Jane Camilleri and John and Jewel Dignan;
aunts Maureen Dignan, Josephine Clark (Ted); and uncle Godfrey Camilleri (Brenda).
Jim was a proud employee of the Region of Waterloo for 28 years. As an Employment Counsellor and
Case Manager, he assisted and advocated for the financial and employment needs of others. Above
anything, Jim was a dedicated husband and father to “his three girls”. His passion for basketball led Jim
to become a coach and the President of Brantford CYO Girls Basketball for many years. Jim instilled the
love of the game in many young athletes in the city and made wonderful memories with his daughters
as their coach and mentor. Jim also enjoyed devoting his time to Special Olympics, where he coached
basketball and facilitated track and field events for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Jim was a
selfless and hardworking man who never hesitated to offer help to family members, friends, neighbours,
and even strangers. He enjoyed travelling, cooking for family and friends, building, and doing home
renovations; always willing to offer his assistance in order to learn himself. Jim will be dearly missed by
family and friends but will forever be remembered in our hearts.
Thank you to Dr. Levine, Dr. Gladstone, and Dr. Elliott for their exceptional guidance and care through
Jim’s journey. A special thankyou to nurse Tracey, who always cared for Jim with dignity and respect.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service has taken place. Respecting Jim’s wishes, the
family will offer a celebration of life for family and friends to gather and share memories at a later date.
As an expression of sympathy, please consider donating to one of the following organizations that Jim
held close to his heart: Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, Stedman Community Hospice, or Special
Olympics – Brantford (https://gofund.me/3324d7b4).
When tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand, that an angel came and called my name,
and took me by the hand. The angel said my place was ready, in Heaven far above, and that I’d have to
leave behind all those I dearly love. But when I walked through Heaven’s Gates, I felt so much at home,
for God looked down, smiled at me, and told me “Welcome Home”. So when tomorrow starts without
me, don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, I’m right there in your heart.