In Memory of




Obituary for James Alexander Debrecen

January 30th, 1930, to November 11th, 2022

With deep sadness and broken hearts, we announce the passing of James (Jim) Alexander Debrecen who peacefully passed away on November 11th., at the age of 92. Dad was born on January 16th, 1930. He always told everyone he had two birthdays January 10th and the 16th.

He loved his quiet life, and his family always came first. We all loved his homemade Hungarian chicken soup. Dad loved a good game of crib, and he usually skunked us all. His favorite pastime was to come over and put logs on the bonfire where he was the boss of the fire pit. He could often be found walking around our beautiful community of Gimli, making many stops along the way to say hi and chat with whoever he met and going out of his way to stop by the day care to say hi to Cindy and the children. Dad loved the Debrecen, Sinnock and Anderson families and they loved him too. He was known as Uncle Jimmy, Grandpa Jim and Mr. D.

In his passing he is survived by his daughter Cindy (Gordon) Anderson; daughter in law Kathy Debrecen;
grandchildren; Garry (Jackie), Allison (Murray), Derrick (Brittney), James (Bethany), Sherilyn (Tyler), David, Kristin (Matthew); great grand children; Sofia, Sawyer, Lucas, Lexie, Leia, Molly, Zoey, Elena, Alexander. (And one more to come); siblings: brother Jerry and sisters Mary and Gloria, many nieces and nephews as well as Eileen (Sinnock, Debrecen) Binst

He was predeceased by his parents Paul and Elizabeth Debrecen, son David, brother’s Paul, Bill, Fred, John and sisters Olga, Emma, Julia and Ida.

Dad was a member of the Gimli Legion 182, just last month receiving his 35-year pin. He was also a member of the Weston Legion and served with the Winnipeg Riffles from 1951 – 1954.

Dad lived in Winnipeg, Calgary, and Gimli. He was a welder by trade at Dominion Bronze, working with his dad who was also a welder. Moving to Gimli in 1972 he worked at All West Marine and then Green Steel in Winnipeg before finally retiring in Gimli which he always considered home. He loved afternoon fishing at the dock and always looked forward to weekend garage sales with Lorne Anderson.

We wish to thank all the Doctor’s and Nurses at the Gimli Community Health Centre for making Dad comfortable. A private family bonfire will he held at a later date.

My father didn’t tell me how to live: he lived and let me watch him do it.

We all love you forever and always. Put a log on the fire, play a game of crib and go for lots of walks.