Jim was born in Belfast, Ireland, on November 13, 1940 to the late James & late Elizabeth Cushnan (nee Simpson).
Jim grew up playing Hurley and learning to play the most beautiful music on the banjo and mandolin.
In Belfast, Jim met a young woman named Ann Mulgrew.
After going their separate ways to start new adventures, they happened upon each other in Toronto, Canada in 1966, and the rest as they say was history.
They married in 1968 and went on to have three children and nine grandchildren. A devoted man of faith, Jim dedicated years to the Knights of Columbus, eventually becoming a 4th Degree Knight. He participated in Bible study classes and loved to teach little kids the rosary with the Rosary Apostolate.
An avid musician Jim played in many bands over the years including the Foggy Dew and The Tinkers. He loved to share his music everywhere he went but especially with his children and grandchildren.
Jim will be forever missed by his devoted wife of 50 years, Ann, his proud children Alanna (Chris Szewczyk), Erin (Mark Wilson), and Kevin, as well as his greatest joys, his grandchildren Caillean, Rhiannon, James, Tarynn, Cliodhna, Ailish, Saoirse, Liam, and Shane.
Jim will lovingly be remembered by his family in Ireland and around the world including his brothers John (Isobel), Hugh, Charlie (Moira), sisters Elizabeth (Danny), Belle, and predeceased by his brothers Frankie & Eammon, his sister Rose and sister-in-law Eleanor.
He was a much-loved brother-in-law to the Mulgrew family and uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234)on Sunday, October 21st from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at HOLY FAMILY PARISH (91 Ribblesdale Drive, Whitby) on Monday, October 22 at 10:30 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at oshawafuneralhome.com.
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