Brodie, James Haughton

BRODIE: James Haughton Brodie of Duchess, Alberta died in the Brooks Health Centre on May 17, 1987 at the age of 76 years. .

He was born in Chicago Illinois on July 31, 1910 and following the death of his aviator father Otto Brodie in 1913 moved with his mother and infant brother Bob to Jenner, Alberta to live with his grandfather Moses Gilfillan.

He attended school at Jenner and later worked on various ranches on the Red Deer River among them the Stapleton Ranch, Tom Owens Ranch and the Gordon Ranch.

He married the former Georgie Price on  August 18, 1933 and they looked after cattle at Rocky Mountain House before returning to the prairies to look after cattle in the Bassano area, also the Stapleton Ranch, later for Alex Gillespie on the Thumbhill Ranch at Dorothy and for Cliff Sewall at Cowaki Lake.

They moved to Calgary in 1946 where he was a brand inspector. In 1948 he returned to Jenner and took over the Atlee Community Lease for six years, was cow foreman at the V-V Ranch in Wardlow for several years until the ranch changed hands and he moved to Medicine Hat to run the Burton Ranch.

In 1958 he moved to Brooks and purchased land in the Cassils area and raised cattle and was brand inspector in Brooks for 11 years until retiring and moving to Duchess in 1975 where he has resided since.

He had a special love of horses which he rode until recently and was an active participant in team roping.

He was also predeceased by his wife Georgie on March 25, 1987, his mother Blanche Christensen in 1960, his step-father Pete Christensen in 1955, an infant step-brother Gordon in 1919 and a son-in-law Shorty Suitor, Dec. 1984.

Surviving are a son Kenneth (K.O.) Brodie and his wife Sandy of Duchess, two daughters, Donna and her husband BiIl Grant of Merville, B.C. and Pat Suitor of Duchess, a brother Bob Brodie of Brooks, three step-brothers and their wives, Walt and Lee Christensen, Bassano, Peter and Monica Christensen, Brooks, Cal and Gladys Christensen, Brooks, a step-sister June Edwards and her husband Dick of Brooks, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 21 at 2 p.m. in Trlnity Lutheran Church with Pastor Kenneth Grambo officiating. Interment will follow in Brooks Cemetery.

If friends desire memorial tributes may be made to the Brooks Health Centre Memorial Fund or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Brooks Bulletin  May 20, 1987     Roll 44   Image 178