Saturday May 7, 2022
11:00 AM
The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with Life Celebrant, Pat Grisonich.
In memory of
James 'Jim' Hirsch
April 29, 1927 - April 29, 2022 - Age 95

James “Jim” Nelson Hirsch, beloved husband of the late Jean “Phyllis” Hirsch, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Friday, April 29, 2022, the day of his 95th birthday. He leaves to cherish his memory five children, Clayton (Glenna) Hirsch, Gail (Perry) Marr, Byron (Leslie) Hirsch, Janis (Donald) Bilyk, Sandy (Jamie) McIntosh and nine grandchildren, Bryce Hirsch, Corby (Sarah) Hirsch and their children, Elodie, Aubrey, and William; Derek (Ashley) Hirsch and their children, Sawyer and Emery; James (Kim) Hirsch and their children, Thomas and Charles; Mark Hirsch (Kristin Giovenazzo), Dustin Bilyk, Jeffrey Bilyk (Tracy Sundquist), Kayla (Katrina) Bilyk-Rolph, Breane (Clark) Andrews and their children Hudson and Blake; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his wife, Jean “Phyllis” Hirsch; his parents, Johanna and Joseph Hirsch; two brothers, Kasper (Helen) Hirsch and John (Margaret) Hirsch; two sisters, Bregitta (Tony) Grimm and Theresa (Ralph) Pater.

Jim was an educator (Principal, Webster Niblock) from 1967 to 1986. He served as an Alderman for three terms and assisted with many organizations and committees to support his city. Jim closed his final chapter with a book full of tremendous accomplishments and memories he was very proud of. His legacy will live on through his family, students and community members whose lives he touched.

Jim’s family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Sunnyside Nursing Home for the excellent care he received.

The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with Life Celebrant, Pat Grisonich. The service will be live streamed, and family and friends who are unable to attend are invited to watch the service by searching for the Pattison Funeral Home YouTube page. The video will go live 10 minutes prior to service time and will remain on the YouTube page for future viewing. Interment will follow at the Hillside Cemetery. Those who wish to remember Jim with a donation, may do so to the Medicine Hat Public Schools Education Foundation c/o 601 - 1 Ave. SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4Y7 or at www.mhpsd.ca. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Jim Hirsch.

If you wish to watch the funeral service, please follow this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkxQ8fRFsSU

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Message from Don Grimm April 29, 2022
We are so sad to hear of your lost .Uncle Jim was a great guy
Don Grimm
Message from Donna Hirsch April 30, 2022
So sorry to hear of your loss.

Donna Hirsch
Donna Hirsch
Message from Bonnie Blakely May 01, 2022
So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a great man and I enjoyed working with him. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.❤️
Bonnie Blakely
Message from Anita Hirsch Wasilow May 02, 2022
Condolences to all of the Hirsch families! Uncle Jim always had a special place in my heart!
Anita Hirsch Wasilow
Message from Anita Hirsch Wasilow May 02, 2022
Condolences to all of the Hirsch families! Uncle Jim always had a special place in my heart!
Anita Hirsch Wasilow
Message from Maureen Roberts May 02, 2022
We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Jim's passing. He always brought good cheer and witty conversation to any family gathering. His begonias at the house on 7th were the best I've ever seen.
Maureen Roberts
Message from Grace & Doug MacDougall May 03, 2022
I have great memories of having Jim as my first principal when I moved to the Hat in 1975. He was wise and a great leader to our Webster Niblick team. He understood the value of parent volunteers long before many schools. I also recall his enthusiasm as an alderman while building the city hall- one of his great accomplishments.
Grace & Doug MacDougall
Message from David & Janice Condon May 03, 2022
Our deepest condolences to all the Hirsch Families. You are in our thoughts at this very sad time.
David & Janice Condon
Message from Edie Gutfriend May 03, 2022
My condolences to all the families. He was greatly admired by my Alex. He will be missed.
Edie Gutfriend
Message from Terry Noble May 04, 2022
So sorry to hear..
My condolences to Sandy, Bree, & families...
Terry Noble
Message from Linda (Boll) Matsumoto May 04, 2022
For me, as a new teacher in 1969, Jim Hirsch was the best principal possible. His guidance and encouragement was foundational to my career in education. His understanding of students and staff, and his management skills highlighted the importance of that experience that develops respect from everyone.
My condolences to his family.
Linda (Boll) Matsumoto
Message from Ada Hammel May 04, 2022
Sincere condolences to the Hirsch family. my husband John and I always enjoyed his company
Ada Hammel
Message from Sandra and Glenn Becker May 04, 2022
So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. He was well known in Medicine Hat for all the things that he did to make Medicine Hat a better place. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
Sandra and Glenn Becker
Message from Sharon Clay May 04, 2022
So sorry to learn of Jim's passing. We both began working at Webster Niblock in 1967-- he as principal, and myself as a grade two teacher. I remember Jim fondly--very supportive and helpful in the early years, and that continued for the next 20 or so years before he retired. One memory--Jim loved to throw out a statement in the staff room--whether he believed what he was saying or not, and then sit back and watch the debate around him! I have many memories--not just from the school years, but from helping Jim with various campaigns as he ran for civic office. My condolences to all of Jim's family.
Sharon Clay
Message from Darren, Denise and family May 04, 2022
Condolences to Uncle Jim’s family. He certainly left a lasting legacy and impact to his family, this city and its residents. He was certainly an inspiration to me. Rest easy.
Darren, Denise and family
Message from Wendy (Freeman) Anderson May 04, 2022
I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad. If love could save him, he would have lived forever! I was a student at Webster Niblock when Jim was principal. He was a wonderful man.
Wendy (Freeman) Anderson
Message from Brent Rinaldi May 05, 2022
Condolences to the families for your loss.
A lovely man whose visits and conversations I valued
Brent Rinaldi
Message from Sarah McDonald May 05, 2022
I’m so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man. Condolences to the families. He left a lasting legacy and his family already continues his love in the most beautiful way. Love the neighbors.
Sarah McDonald
Message from Loretta Evans May 07, 2022
New to Medicine Hat and attending Tigers hockey games, that is where my husband and I got to know Jim and his good friend. Great conversations, I will always remember that. His loving memories will always be special to family and friends. My condolences for your loss.
Loretta Evans
Message from Joanne Myrol May 07, 2022
It is with much sadness that I write my deepest condolences to the Hirsch Family. Mr. Hirsch - he will always be Mr. Hirsch to me - was someone I looked up to as my principal at Webster Niblock and as one of my best friend's father. We grew up under the caring shadow of Mr. Hirsch. He was a very intelligent man, and as his students in school and his students in life, he filled our heads with knowledge and our hearts with the confidence to think critically.

He will be missed by all and those who knew him will be blessed with great memories of a kind, caring, loving man.
Joanne Myrol
Message from Bill Cocks May 12, 2022
Condolences to all the Hirsch Family. He was a good man and faithful citizen of his beloved City, Medicine Hat. His legacy as an alderman (City Hall) will only be exceeded by his legacy as a husband, father and grandfather. I always enjoyed seeing him at lunch at Mauro’s with his loving daughters. Rest In Peace.

Sent from my iPad, Bill Cocks
Bill Cocks