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At the request of James, a family graveside memorial service will be held.
In memory of
James Malcolm Pritchard
April 18, 1926 - June 21, 2019 - Age 93

James M. Pritchard

June 21 2019

It is with the warmth of the blessings received from his life that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, and great grandfather, James M. Pritchard. James was predeceased by his wife Elaine, parents Milton and Margareta, brothers Fred, Murray and Blake. James is remembered with appreciation and love by his daughter, Katherine (Les Lindeman) of Calgary, sons Malcolm (Janis) of Medicine Hat, Scott (Nanda Weicker) of Calgary and Alan (Deborah) of Plano, Texas. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jennifer of Edmonton, Matthew of Calgary, Hilary of Medicine Hat, Kelsey Lindeman of Masset B.C., Everett of Silverthorne, Colorado, James Lindeman of Detroit Michigan, Blake of Calgary, Abigail of Shrewsbury, England and Adrienne of Edmonton, as well as 5 great grandchildren.

James was born in North Bay, Ontario before moving with his family to Lethbridge at the age of 4. James lived in Lethbridge until high school before moving to Edmonton following the early death of his father. James thrived at high school in Edmonton and then enrolled in the University of Alberta where he met and married Elaine Forbes his loving wife of 54 years whom predeceased him in 2004. James graduated from Law School at the University of Alberta after which he took the position of Crown Prosecutor with the Attorney General’s office in Calgary. Later James and Elaine moved to Medicine Hat where he became a partner in the Stone Pritchard law firm. James enjoyed the practice of law with his partners who included Malcolm and Janis and was thrilled to be able to see Hilary join the firm now known as Pritchard & Co. LLP. His integrity in the profession and life was unassailable and is reflected in his influence as a role model with three of his children and three of his grandchildren becoming lawyers. Always active in the community, he was involved in the Rotary Club, served as President of the Board of Governors for the Medicine Hat College, President of the Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce, and was elected a Bencher with the Law Society of Alberta for multiple terms. While a bencher he chaired numerous standing committees, was a member of the executive committee and was an advocate for the role of rural lawyers in the Alberta bar. He contributed much to his community and legal profession in a quiet, dignified and unassuming manner, being always the considerate gentleman. James was always interested in farming and ranching. His interest was sparked as a teenager when he worked at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre (Agriculture Canada). The spark, fanned by his enjoyment of his dealings with his many agricultural clients, resulted in a farming and ranching operation in which he remained actively involved until his health declined.

At the request of James, a family graveside memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, we ask anyone wishing to honour his memory make a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation, two Foundations he supported during his life, or the Canadian Alzheimer’s Society whose work is now very much in our hearts.

I didn't know what to do

When I saw your best steps stolen away from you

All I can think of is being five years old following behind you at the beach

Tracing your foot steps in the sand trying to walk like a man.

Bruce Springsteen

To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: James Pritchard.

Message from Elaine Wiedemann June 27, 2019

Dear family of James,
My condolences and sympathy on the passing of your father ,grandfather and great grandfather. Elaine Wiedemann


Elaine Wiedemann
Message from Anita I. Wahl June 27, 2019

Malcom, Scott, Kathy and Alan

I was so very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I so remember the time I spent at the Pritchard household while growing up and the kindness shown to me by both your father and your mother. Your dad was such a kind wonderful gentleman. You all were truly blessed with both of your parents. My thoughts are will you all at this time.


Anita I. Wahl
Message from Laura Carswell June 27, 2019

Me deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Pritchard. He was a wonderful man who made a great impact on our family. Keeping you all in my thoughts.


Laura Carswell
Message from Fred & Cindy Verhaest June 28, 2019

To the Pritchard family our thoughts and prayers are with at this time in the loss of Jim. We have many fond farming memories.


Fred & Cindy Verhaest
Message from Elaine Shand June 28, 2019

Dear Alan and family,
Heartfelt condolences to all on the passing of your Dad. I cherish wonderful childhood memories of how kind and welcoming both your parents always were. Wishing you well as you celebrate his extraordinary life.


Elaine Shand
Message from Linda (Davies) Matsumoto June 29, 2019

I only knew James as a sincere and compassionate lawyer. He encouraged and supported my concerns, and directed me to the appropriate sources. My condolences to the family, and to all the people that will never again be able to receive his advice,


Linda (Davies) Matsumoto
Message from Kit and Mel Spence June 30, 2019

To Malcolm, Janis and family. Think comfort,. Think peace. Think love. Think a lifetime of wonderful , wonderful loving memories. You are in our hearts and we send the empathy and support you need at this time. Even though you knew that this would occur, it is very emotional and you have that feeling of loss . Time is your friend and so are we. With lots of love Kit and Mel Spence


Kit and Mel Spence
Message from Pat Howes June 30, 2019

Malcolm, Janis & Family, thinking of you in your time of loss. Mr. Pritchard was the finest of men and a wonderful, caring person. I truly enjoyed his wit and wisdom during the time I worked at Pritchard, Lerner & Co.


Pat Howes
Message from Gord and Terry Lait July 01, 2019

Our sympathies and condolences to you all. Thinking of your father and mother brings back memories of the Winnifred farming days.


Gord and Terry Lait
Message from Don Medhurst July 01, 2019

Dear Malcolm, Scott, Kathy, and Alan, and families,
My sincere sympathy on the passing of your father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Jim.
Jim was instrumental in our move to Medicine Hat from Calgary in July of 1958 to join him along with Maurice Stone in their firm. I was always grateful for the opportunity to
practise law and live with my family in Medicine Hat for many years.
Hopefully all of the wonderful memories of Jim will be of great comfort now and always.
Don Medhurst (Audree) and girls


Don Medhurst
Message from Deborah Deans July 04, 2019

I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I worked at Pritchard and Co. in the 70’s and always found your Dad to be such a kind and supportive employer. Even years later when I would see him we would chat. He was a wonderful man.


Deborah Deans
Message from Peter and Beth Vasil July 16, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Love to you all.
Peter and Beth Vasil


Peter and Beth Vasil