James Rutherford

James Edward Rutherford  – October 23, 1933 – January 13, 2021

His faith has now become sight, he is at home in heaven for all of eternity in his 88th year. Son of the late John M. and Marynel (Ridley) Rutherford. Jim met his wife in Leamington. Jim and Lee (Kornelsen) were married in 1959, they had 49 years together, Lee passed away in 2008. Jim is survived by his only daughter, Jane and her husband, Dennis. They have two sons, Brandon and fiancee, Lisa Campbell, and lan Jenner. Jim had an older brother, Barney, who died in October 1971. Also, he had a younger brother, Peter, who died in 1939. Jim lived his whole life in Blenheim. He attended elementary and high school there. He was very active in many sports throughout his whole life. He participated in track and field events and also played soccer during high school. As a teenager, he was also in the Air Cadet program and attained the highest ranking a cadet was able to achieve. He led the squadron for two years. He was one of 24 cadets from across Canada in 1950 to travel to the United Kingdom on an exchange program. The highlight of the trip was meeting King George VI at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Jim spent 40 years of his life working at Kent Grain and Feed Co. in Blenheim. His grandfather, James, built the mill in 1884. In 1926, the mill was destroyed by the largest fire known in Blenheim’s history. By the late 1940’s, his father, John, began to rebuild the mill. He eventually took over the family business in the 1950’s and ran it until the mid 1990’s.

Jim loved to compete in sporting events such as baseball, softball, curling and badminton. He also loved golfing and rode his bike until he was 80 years old. In later years, he enjoyed going for walks around the town of Blenheim. In 1953, he joined the Golden Acres Curling Club and then served as the Secretary for over 25 years and then President during 1969 and 1970. He also, served as a Member of the Board of Trustees and the Chairman for one year at the local Community Golf Club. In 2000, Jim joined the Blenheim Freedom Library and Museum. He served as the Secretary/Treasurer for 12 years.

Jim loved the Scriptures, both to study and debate. He was very active in his church, serving on the Deacon’s Board of two Baptist churches. He was also a teacher and children’s program leader. He was a lifelong servant.

In retirement, Jim enjoyed writing and telling stories, especially about veterans, he loved military history. Throughout his life he loved music, dogs and reading. He also loved spending time with his two grandsons and was very proud of the men that they have become. He was also very proud of his Scottish heritage. He also, loved his Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Tigers.

His favourite Bible verse was: 1 John 5:13 “These things have I written to you that believe in the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life and that you believe in the name of the Son of God”.

Due to the covid times, there will be a private family service, Donations made be made to Maple City Baptist Church, Chatham or the Blenheim Freedom Library and Military Museum.





54 Comments on “James Rutherford”

  1. Jane&family. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Your dad&mom were amazing people. Your dad was so admired and respected by so many people. May all your warm memories comfort you. Hugs and prayers

    1. Oh, Linda, thank you so much for your beautiful words they have blessed me so much personally, May God bless you and your family for your kindness

  2. Jane and Dennis, Brandon and Ian, my thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May your good memories help you through these difficult days .♥️♥️♥️ Aunt Jane

    1. Oh, Great Aunt Jane, thank you so much for your thoughts for us right now, we appreciate you thinking of us, Love Dennis, Jane, Brandon and Ian, virtual hugs to you.

  3. Jane and Family: Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this most sad time. I have many memories of your parents from our Blenheim Baptist Days, and also more recently of your Dad whenever I would see him at special Legion events.. He will be greatly missed..

    1. Oh Roy, thank you so much for your kind words and prayers and encouragement at this most difficult time. Dennis, Jane, Brandon and Ian Jenner

  4. Jane and family: We never got to meet you but we got to know your Dad when we started attending MCBC near the end of 2009. We became quite fond of Jim and enjoyed talking about the scriptures with him. I believe we bought the last set of sheets that he was selling which he had for quite a while and was wondering if he’d ever get a chance to get rid of them. In the latter years when Jim’s hearing was diminishing it became harder to communicate but his smile, hearty handshake and the occasional hug made up for the hearing loss. We are sad that he has left us but we rejoice that he is in the very presence of the Saviour he so loved.

    But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Psalm 49:15
    He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; Isaiah 25:8

    Our condolences, Rick & Eva Lizotte

    1. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Lizotte: Dad spoke of you often, so glad you got to meet and enjoyed time with him. Thank you for your fond remembrances of him, warms our hearts now. We are all so sorry he has left us but apparently, his work here was completed and we rejoice that he is in the Presence of His LORD and Saviour. Also, thank you for the beautiful verses you have quoted. God is good, all the time.
      Thank you again for your love for your Saviour and my Dad.
      Jane Jenner and family.

  5. Jane and family-Sincere sympathy to you and your family. Jim and I went through elementary and high school together . We were on many athletic teams during those years and several were successful. Whenever we met uptown in our later years he would never fail to bring some events up. He was a good athlete, gentleman always, man of Faith and a true friend . Great to have known him.
    Chuck Lawrence

    1. Ah, Mr. Lawrence, thank you so much for your kind words about Dad. They are so heartwarming right now, he often spoke very fondly of you and all your years together. You were a lifelong companion of his. Take care, stay safe and healthy in 2021. Jane Jenner and family.

  6. I had the pleasure of volunteering with Jim at the Blenheim Freedom Library and Military Museum for the past 10 years. I worked there as a summer student and although Jim wasn’t obligated to come in for his volunteer shifts during the summer, he popped in frequently. He was obviously very proud of his grandsons and talked about them all the time. His knowledge of the Royal Canadian Navy was second to none and I enjoyed listening to all of the stories he shared and helping him type them out. Jim will be greatly missed by myself, the museum, and the town of Blenheim. My thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

    1. Ah, Morgan, thank you so much for taking the time to write about Dad, he often spoke you of, even tho we never met in person, I feel as though I know you. He loved the museum and all the history it represents and also loved his beloved Town of Blenheim. Thank you for your kind words to our family. Jane Jenner and family.

  7. We are so sorry for your loss and we are sending our sincere condolences to you Jane, Dennis and family.

    Andrew & Tracey Lawrence

  8. Sending sincere sympathy Jane Dennis Brandon and Ian
    It was always a nice treat to see your dad uptown and we would have a nice talk ❤️ May you hold all your wonderful memories close at this difficult time

    1. Oh, Melanie, thank you so much for your condolences. Dad always enjoyed chatting with you, wherever that may have been, (the market, arena or downtown) Lots, of great memories in all those places. Take care and stay safe and healthy.

  9. We remember your dad fondly from all the boys hockey games. He was a huge fan of his grandsons and always such a gentleman. Thinking of you all at this challenging time.

    1. Oh, Linda, thank you so much for taking the time to write, what beautiful words you have chosen. He did love both his grandsons and watching them play hockey over the years. He was a gentleman, thank you for thinking of us and sending your condolences.

  10. I was lucky to have met Jim Rutherford at the Freedom Library & Military Museum , with staff there and later at Eddie Millers birthday Party at the Bllenhiem Legion . Jim was a great guy , who cared about his friends , and the community . I feel lucky , to have met him several times , and enjoyed his company and good humour. Rest in Peace we will Remember .

    1. Hi Kenny, thank you for your kind words during this difficult time in our lives. Dad was a great guy who cared about his friends and community and had a good sense of humour. It was joy to be in his presence, I am glad you met him. We miss him dearly.

  11. So very sorry for your families loss. He was one of my favorite customers at the gas bar. He was the sweetest and kindest man. I always enjoyed our chats. May he rest in peace.

    1. Hi Lynn, thank you so much for your condolences and your kind words about Dad. He was a great guy and very good natured. He spoke of you and your chats. Appreciate you taking the time to send your message to our family.

  12. So very sorry for your loss. Jim was a really nice man, always friendly and interested in what one was doing.

    1. Hi Mike and Barb, thank you for your condolences. Dad was very good natured, always friendly and thought of others, it got a bit more difficult for him as he couldn’t see or hear the greatest and he was so frustrated by those things.

  13. So very sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Jim.Dad ( Ian Rutherford ) used to refer to him as “Cousin Jimmy”. My condolences Jane and family.
    May he rest in peace.

    Susan Robinson ( Rutherford )

    1. Hi Susan, thank you for sending condolences our way. Love Ian calling him “Cousin Jimmy” , I think he was the only one calling him “Jimmy” that I know of, makes me smile. Take care, stay safe and healthy during these crazy covid times.

  14. My sympathy to Jane and family in loss of my cousin James Edward Rutherford. Jim and I used to play together as youngsters when our family visited “the Rutherford’s” in Blenheim as well when he visited us in Sarnia. He was a good athlete and always had much interest in history so natural for his interest in the local museum containing items of my Father and older brother, a member of the RCN. May he Rest In Peace.
    Isobel Rutherford

    1. Thank you so much, Isobel, for sharing your good stories and memories of your cousin, Jim. Good to hear those fond remembrances now. Thank you also for your condolences, appreciate you taking the time to write us. Take care, stay safe and healthy, Love from Canada.

  15. Jane, Dennis, Brendan and Ian..

    As each day has passed since learning of Jim’s passing into his heavenly home, we have become more aware of how much we are going to miss him………something we have known somewhat during the past number of Covid months. For over 30 years we usually had lunch together each Sunday and were always inspired by his interest and passion in every aspect of life. We counted Jim and Lee as special friends and thank God that our paths crossed. Jim was so proud of you all and always liked to share the sports and educational accomplishments of his grandsons. He was proud of you all.

    We know that you all will miss him very much and we pray that God’s comfort will be with you in the days ahead…………….Helen & Lynn.

    1. Mr. and Mrs. Clark: Thank you so much for your beautiful words about both Jim and Lee. I’m so thankful you were such good friends and continued to be. Totally understand that you also are missing Jim. Covid has been so terrible for so many reasons, the isolation was really hard on Dad and then not driving the last 9 months I discovered he was such a social creature. Thank you for your continued prayers as we also miss him dearly. He was interested in so many topics, a great conversationalist and loved being with people. Continue to stay safe and healthy, keep in touch and take care of each other.

  16. Jane, Dennis and family…..our sincere sympathies to all of you. We will certainly miss seeing Jim each time usually at the Post Office this past year. We always stopped for a quick chat together. Blessings and Prayers my friend.

    Don and Anne Gammage

    1. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Gammage: Thank you for your kind words of condolences. Also, for your blessings and prayers, we certainly need both. Continue to stay safe and healthy during these crazy covid days. Hope to see you uptown sometime in the future.

  17. Dear Jane, Dennis, Brandon and Ian,

    We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad and Grandfather. May your memories bring you comfort.


    Wanda, Peter, Ryan and Zana

    1. Dear Wanda, Peter, Ryan and Zana: Thank you for taking the time to write us and for your condolences and kind words.
      Take care of each other, stay safe and healthy,
      Dennis, Jane, Brandon and Ian

  18. Condolences to you Jane, Dennis, Brandon, Lisa and Ian on the loss of Jim. I enjoyed many years of discussion while singing next to him in Emmanuel church choir. Loved his Remembrance Day presentations. He will be missed.

    1. Good morning, Ken: Thank you so much for taking the time to write us and for your kind words and memories of Dad. He so enjoyed the time during choir and all it encompassed. He is certainly missed. He also loved military history and all the stories he was able to share with others. Take care, stay safe and healthy,
      Dennis, Jane, Brandon and Ian

  19. Jane, Dennis and family…Audrey and I were so very saddened to learn of our friend Jim’s passing. We extend to you our deepest sympathies and we share in your loss. Always enjoyed “spirited” times of conversation on a wide variety of topics and his inevitable injection of wisdom at one time and his dry sense of humour at another. On several occasions we expressed to Jim how much we appreciated his unique, factual and informative take on events of the Second World War which were broadcast each year on local radio. And now, we embrace wonderful memories of gentleman and special friend.

    1. Good morning, Dale and Audrey… thank you so much for your wonderful words about Dad/Grandpa. They are so beautiful to read even now. Thank you for your condolences and your shared loss. You knew Jim quite well, he was very spirited and well versed on many topics and loved to share. He was well rounded and very knowledgeable, well read, a gentleman and a great friend. So sorry for the delay, just been quite busy taking care of business, in so many ways. Thank you for taking the time to remember him, he is greatly missed. Take care, stay safe and healthy during these crazy covid times.

  20. Sending my sincere condolences to you and your family, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    1. Dearest Cheryl, thank you so much for your condolences, we so appreciate that you took time out of your life to comfort us, even now as we continue on this journey. Take care, my dear, stay safe and healthy during these crazy covid times.

  21. Dear Jane, Dennis and Family,
    Sending my sincere condolences to you and your family, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. Jane and Dennis,
    Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing though it was getting increasingly difficult for him.
    We know he is with the Lord, and doing well. We informed Glenn and Mary Cleveland (McCallum). When single your Dad, along with Murray Lister, would visit Ron and Mary in Leamington. Friends throughout the years.
    Love and prayer,
    Bill and Olwen Terris

    1. Dear Bill and Olwen: Thank you so much for your condolences. Yes, Dad really was struggling on so many levels, he told me he just wanted to wake up in heaven during the month of December. Also, not to cry for him, as he would be so much better off-able to hear, see, sing and see his Saviour and all his friends and family who have travelled the road before him. Thank you for all your care and concern for him over the years, he appreciated your friendship and shepherding. Take care of yourself during these crazy covid times, stay safe and healthy. May God continue to bless you. (p.s., so sorry for the delay in responding, it has been a busy time of late)

  23. Jane, Dennis and boys
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your dad was a great inspiration to the Freedom Library and Museum.
    Patti and Doyle Brush

    1. Thank you so much Patti and Doyle, for your very kind words. Dad loved the library/museum and military history, it was a passion of his, so glad he was involved in making it a reality for generations to come.

  24. Jane, Dennis, Brandon and Ian, so sorry to read of Jim’s passing. We visited often at the Blenheim Branch Library where he would often stop either going to or coming from the Freedom Libray. He always had interesting Blenheim historical facts to share as well as stories of the boys hockey escapades. In more recent years we had opportunities to visit when he stopped for coffee at the curling rink. I will remember his smile and his pride in his family. Hope you are having opportunities to share your many wonderful memories.

    1. Good morning, Elaine- thank you so much for your wonderful words about Dad/Grandpa. So good to read especially now. So sorry for the delay, I haven’t forgotten to reply, just been a very busy time. Thank you for reaching out to our family, glad you enjoyed his company and stories and were able to visit. He loved the museum, military history, the library, the pastime of reading and curling (was his favourite sport). So glad he was able to enjoy all of the above:) Take care, stay safe and healthy…p.s. enjoy following your kids and their farm adventures, such a good life…to be on the farm, making memories.

  25. Bob Betts just informed us of Jim’s untimely departure. Although we never met face to face Jim was one of the main contributors to the Rutherford book which was compiled and published over the last two decades. He was the source of many of the particulars including photographs going back to the original farm, started in 1855. After my great grandfather, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, passed away in 1941, the Eastern and Western branches of the family lost tounch with each other. It was only when I accidentally found a short historical memo in the basement of Rutherford House about 20 years ago that I was able to contact most of the family in the East. Subsequently Jim and myself had numeous telephone conversations and he mailed us a large collection of historical documants, for which we are most grateful. In any case Jim wil be sorely missed, and he has to some degree immortalized all of his relatives during his life time.

    1. Dear Dr. Rutherford: Thank you so much for your email, glad Bob let you know about Dad. So glad that you met even if only over the phone, Dad loved history, whether it was family related or military history. I could definitely see him sending along any information he had to preserve the “Rutherford” name and all it’s history. Jim is definitely missed by his community, friends and our small branch of the Rutherford family. He was one of a kind and a gentleman, we have been comforted by reading the tributes to our Grandfather/ Dad, the man. Take care, stay safe and healthy during these crazy covid times. (p.s., sorry for the delay in responding, it has been a busy time)

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