27 Main St. County Road 8
P.O. Box 142
Elgin, ON K0G 1E0
Phone: 613 359-5555
Fax: 613 359-6329
James   Chant

James Howard " Jim" Chant

Friday, December 28th, 1951 - Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
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Peacefully at Portland surrounded by his family on Wednesday May 13, 2020. Jim Chant, in his 69th year. Son of the late Pat and Howard Chant. Loving father of Patty Chant of Ottawa and Jeff (Ashley) Chant of Grand Prairie, Alberta. Predeceased by son, Jeremy. Dear brother of Bob (Sheila) Chant of Portland, Nancy (Bill) Dwyre of Elgin and Patsy (the late Ken) Kilgour of Perth. Predeceased by sister, Dianne Chant. Cherished grandfather of Kyra, Isla, Fletcher, Zaylea, Darien, Violet and Rosie. Sadly missed by his dear friend, Lise Crowder and family as well as his many good friends. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, A Celebration of Jim's Life will be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
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Zaylea crowder

Posted at 08:48pm
Jim used to sit there and watch bones with me. Most of us know how he had a very soft stomach. So he would sit there gagging the whole time but still watched it for me.

Joe Magnet

Posted at 01:32pm
Jim Chant – the Salt of the Portland Earth – was my friend for 40 years. I knew him through good times, better times and funny times. He touched me deeply: his practicality born of digging a living out of the soil, his curiosity, his wry and wet sense of humour, his strong and capable hands, his desire to be helpful, his uncanny ability to fix things and to mess things up. Jim’s people were always welcome at Jim’s, any time of night or day: they did not need to fit into a place because nobody fit anyway. Being with Jim, it was not necessary to act out the characters we have made ourselves into, or to be somebody other than Jim’s friend: this was as natural as it gets. Jim made us all welcome and tied us all together. We need to remember these special qualities he brought to our lives; they will not easily, if ever, be replaced.

Jessica McNally and Edmond Van Hees

Posted at 05:52pm
Portland doesn't feel like Portland today. I remember Jim as somebody who helped my family at times when nobody else would. I remember him taking a tractor to the bar instead of a truck. I remember soulful green eyes and a dark tan walking through the corn field. Rest in peace, Jim, you've earned it. Nothing but respect XO


Posted at 02:16pm
Sincere condolences to The Chant Family..He fought a hard fight..RIP Jim

Donna M

Posted at 04:14pm
Condolences to the Chant family. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

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