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Schile, James (Jay) Andrew

Dec. 17, 1945 β€” Oct. 7, 2020

After a lengthy battle with cancer, James (Jay) Andrew Schile passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Fort Macleod, AB at age 74. Jay was born in Lethbridge on Dec. 17, 1945 to Frank and Margret Schile. He grew up on the family farm near Foremost with sisters Betty-Ann, Renae and Susan, and brothers Kit and Wayne. As a young man Jay struck out in search of adventure arriving in Fernie, BC, where he met Barbara Roberts. Barb introduced Jay to the Kootenay mountains, the Elk River and the joys of camping; forming a lifelong adventure they shared together for the next 49 years.

The couple married on April 21, 1971 and relocated to Fort Macleod in 1975. Along the way, they welcomed a daughter, Joy (Jamai) into the Schile family and over the course of years, Jay supported his family by working at Crestbrook Forest Industries, the Pioneer Lodge, and Scougall Motors. He was also a skilled handy-man and expressed his creativity through wood working, wildlife drawing, painting and crafting. Each piece as unique as its’ creator. Most of all, Jay liked to make people laugh. He was always quick with a joke, and on occasion a good-natured prank.

A private memorial will be held at the Fort Macleod Alliance Church on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at 2 p.m. All are invited to attend the service via live-stream at www.edensfuneralhome.com/obituary/James-Schile.

The family would like to especially thank the staff at the Fort Macleod Community Support Unit and Dr. Beekman for their care and compassion in his final days.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation on behalf of Jay Schile to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200-325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary,  T2E 2P5 or the Alberta SPCA, 17904 118 Ave. N.W, Edmonton, T5S 2W3.

Condolences may be made through www.edensfuneralhome.com.

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