James Harley

Obituary of James Anthony Harley

It is with much sorrow that the family of James Harley announces his passing on June 18, 2022.  Dad was born in Ardachrinn, Co Donegal, Ireland on Dec 10, 1927. Predeceased by the Love of his life and mother to his nine children, Sheila (Doherty) in 1964. Dad is survived by his sons - Frank (Mairi), Shaun, Jimmy (Kim), daughters - Maureen, Bridgeen (Ken), Josephine (Kevin), Jackie (Pat 2006), Deirdre (Jeff), Siobhan (Garth), a brother Packie in New York, 23 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by brothers-John, Joe, Tim, Hughie and Colm; Sisters- Minnie, Annie and Nellie.


Dad came to Canada in 1967 to provide a better life for his family, leaving his children in the care of his sister Annie and her husband Packie McConnell. Throughout the seventies he brought all his children to Sarnia. He was a member of the Painters Union until he retired in 1994. Dad continued to keep busy woodworking in his garage and taking care of his gardens and the neighbours gardens (whether they wanted it or not) right up until the end.   


Now it's time to rest Dad and have a' wee shot' with Mom.  Give her a hug from all of us. Until we meet again “Slaínte” Dad.


Friends will be received at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Dan Vere at St. Joseph’s Church, Sarnia on Wednesday, June 22nd at 11:00 a.m.  Cremation will follow with interment in Ireland at a later date.   As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Bluewater Health Foundation Palliative Care, 89 Norman St., Sarnia, N7T 6S3, https://www.bwhf.ca/ or St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3, http://www.stjosephshospice.ca/

Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.



5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home
431 N. Christina St.
Sarnia , Ontario, Canada
(519) 344-3131

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
St. Joseph's Church
293 Stuart St.
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
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