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FARN, James Henry


james henry farn

April 28, 1942 – July 23, 2022

James Henry Farn was born on April 28th, 1942 in Rockglen, Saskatchewan. He had to leave school at age twelve to help support his family, but later hit the rodeo circuit and became a founding member of the Canadian Cowboy Association. 

Early accomplishments include winning 1965’s Saddle Bronc Championship at Sandhill – CCA’s longest running rodeo (1964) – and marrying wise and beautiful nurse, Beverley, in 1966.  After working in pool-table and fluorescent-sign shops, Jim returned to school and became a talented welder-fabricator during Alberta’s oil-industry heyday.  Farn’s Rig Welding (Have Rig, Will Travel) was a Calgary staple for several years, and turned out many sought-after welders and workers.  Like a famous present-day British chef, it was said that if you learned under Jim Farn, you could get a job anywhere. 

Jim & Bev eventually retired to Sundre, where Jim regaled friends, family and strangers alike with tales from his travels to Australia, Africa & America’s Great Parks.  His dirty jokes were legendary and so was he. 

James Farn died peacefully on July 23rd, 2022 after suffering a catastrophic stroke three weeks prior.  He is survived by children Casey, Cameron (Susan) & Laura, and grandson, Ezry; as well as siblings David (Sharon), Eddra (Warren), Charlie (Bonnie) and Alfie (Patricia). 

The family asks that those touched by Jim’s zest for life and abounding sense of humour make donations in his name to the Canadian Cowboy Association and Sundre Palliative Care Association.  Memorial celebration details for James Farn will be posted in the coming weeks.  A heartfelt thank-you to all the special people in Jim’s life who supported his family during this devastating time, and the amazing staff at Myron Thompson Health Centre in Sundre.  Heartland Funeral Services Ltd, Sundre is entrusted with arrangements. 403-638-4393

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