James “Jim” Deneau

Deneau- It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jim Deneau, age 77 years of Corunna on Saturday December 9, 2023. Jim was predeceased by his parents, James and Ila Deneau and by his brother, Bill. He is survived by; his loving wife of 45 years, Sheila; his daughter Andrea (Russell) of Fleet, England; his son, Ryan (Nicole) of London, ON; his grandson, Sebastian of Fleet, England; his brother, John Mark (Lois) of Brantford and by his sisters, Laura (Bill) of Ridgeway, Peggy (Tony) of St. Ann’s and Louise of Elliot Lake. Jim was born in Windsor but lived in various places throughout Ontario due to his father’s work in the Air Force. He went to the University of Windsor and got his Masters in Social Work from Waterloo Lutheran. He began his career with the Children’s Aid Society in Bruce County and retired in 2006 from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, where he worked at the Southwestern Regional Centre in Cedar Springs. Jim will be remembered for his desire to make people laugh. He had a joke or two for anyone who would listen. He was an avid Montreal Canadians supporter and a great fan of the Sarnia Legionnaires and the Mooretown Flags.  Friends will be received at the Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna on Thursday December 14, 2023 from 4-6 p.m. where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday with Pastor Doug Gillard officiating. Cremation has taken place and a private family interment service will be held in Resurrection Cemetery, Sarnia. In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association or to St. Andrew’s Food Bank. Messages and condolences may be left online @ www.knightfuneralhome.ca  Knight 519-862-2845.

Visitation Information

Thursday December 14, 2023 from 4-6 p.m.


Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Diabetes Association St. Andrew's Food Bank

Funeral Date

Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday December 15, 2023

26 thoughts on “James “Jim” Deneau”

  1. Sheila, Andrea, Ryan, Nicole and Sebastian, I’m so sorry to hear about Jim.
    Although I’d only met him a couple of times I’ll remember him as being a jokester, always
    ready to make others laugh.
    Sheila, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Take care.

  2. Sheila
    Haley & I are so sorry for your loss. Jim was a character that kept us laughing no matter how long our visit was. He will always have a special place in our hearts. He was a safe kind soul that Haley always felt comfortable with. His bad jokes will be missed.
    Sending lots of hugs
    Paula & Haley McKinlay

  3. Sheila, Andrea, Ryan and family:

    Jeff and I send our sincere sympathies. We will always remember Jim’s witty humor. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Sheila.
    Lucy and I were very sad to hear of Jim’s passing on Saturday. I have many fond memories of working with Jim and the rest of our group at the Sarnia office. We are unable to attend at the funeral home due to some previous commitments ( medical ), but we want you know that you are in our thoughts while you and your family navigate through this difficult time.
    Lucy & Doug Brown

  5. Sheila, Andrea, Ryan and family. My sincere condolences to you all. Any time I met Jim , he always had a smile on his face. Corunna has lost a kind and gentle soul.

    1. Sorryto hear of the passing of cousin Jim.I enjoyedhis calls the last few years.Its wonderful to see some one make the effort.Im sure he was a devoted worker and brought joy to his clients.Deepest sympathy to your family Cousin.Alma Jean

  6. John and Barb Rose

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Jim always made it a point to call us every two or three months just to catch up on our families and never hung up until he told us a joke. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    John and Barb Rose

  7. Dear Sheila…thinking of you and all your family at this sad time. May the wonderful memories you all have of dear Jim help you to endure the grief you must surely feel.
    I always looked forward to Jim’s phone calls for I was certain he would put a smile on my face sharing his jokes; many of which I could share with my 10 year old granddaughter.🥰 Please know we will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Catharine McKenna

    Sheila, Andrea, Ryan and Family. My deepest sympathy on the death of Jim. He was a loyal friend and always ready with a joke or two. No doubt he and Jack are already busy critiquing the Sarnia Legionnaires. Jim will be very missed but always fondly remembered.. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Catharine McKenna.

  9. Sheila & Family,

    My dad and I were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Please know we are keeping you in our thoughts during this difficult time. Katie & Russ Hoffman.

  10. Sheila, Andrea, Ryan and families I’m so sorry about Jim’s passing, my sincere condolescense. Any time, I was out an about in Corunna, I would always be on the look out for Jim looking forward to hearing what joke he had to share. He will be greatly missed.

  11. Sheila and family. Bob and I are deeply sadden by the news about Jim. Thanks goodness we enjoyed so many Hoffman First Cousin reunions which kept us in touch with each other. He always had a joke to tell and lots of stories to liven up our visits. We will miss those time together…

  12. Sheila and family, my condolences to all the family. I miss everyone in the family and our old family reunions. I will miss the phone calls and jokes. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Rosalee and family.

  13. Dear Sheila and family. Our thought and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Do miss are gathering with families but changes and age add to get togethers. Appreciated phone calls he made to keep in touch and his jokes he will be sadly missed. Love Connie and Dick Bondy.

  14. Sheila and family,so sorry for your loss.Jim always had a crazy joke that kept us laughing.
    Condolences,Howie Murphy

    1. So sorry for your loss. Jim was a super guy with a winning smile. I enjoyed his phone calls, and his jokes. Jim will be with the rest of the Deneau’s that have left us too soon. God Bless.

  15. Sheila and families, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Jim. I met Jim while working in the Sarnia office and he would share a joke or two before the day began. Wishing you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  16. Sheila and family. Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Loved hearing his jokes! Always good for a laugh. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Hold dear your memories. Dale and Gayle Aitken

  17. So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a great neighbour and always had a smile…and a joke as well. He will be missed.

  18. I had the honor of working with Jim in the SRC, Sarnia office. He along with his team mates came together not just as co-workers but as a family. Jim never failed to put a smile on our faces with his jokes and pranks. Like the time he put a for sale sign on my front lawn and wrapped my house with a giant bow while I was on my honeymoon! He was a master jokester with a heart of gold and we loved him for it. Jim always made a point of staying in touch over the last 35 years and I loved our lunches together and phone calls which always ended in a series his crazy jokes. He was a great friend and his passing has left a void in my heart. He may be gone from this earth but can never be forgotten.

    I would like to pass on my heart felt condolences at this difficult time to the family that Jim was so proud of.

  19. Sheila we were saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. He was always caring and kind whenever we spoke to him. Please know that we are thinking of you with sympathy for your huge loss. Sincerely, Don and Kim

  20. Eileen Williamson

    Sheila, Ryan and Andrea I was so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He always had a smile on his face when he met you and a new joke. I was sure, after 30 years, I would get a repeat joke and be able to give him the punch line but no. His library of jokes was mammoth. “And if you have a minute, I’ve got another one for you”.

  21. Dick and Norma Smith

    Sheila and Family,
    Jim will be missed by the SRC gang. He was always able to put a smile on our faces. We send our condolences to you.
    Dick and Norma

  22. Saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. Time and circumstance has kept us apart for more than 50 years! We had just recently reconnected online and I had looked forward to rekindling family ties! My sympathies to the family..

  23. Carolann and Stuart Westbrook and family

    Dear Sheila, Andrea, Ryan and families, Stuart And I have just heard the sad news about Jim. Our sincere and deepest sympathy are with you all. Jim will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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