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845 Devonshire Ave
Woodstock, ON N4S 8Z4
Phone: 519-539-0004
Fax: 519-539-0849
James Searle

James Donald Searle

Tuesday, February 11th, 1941 - Monday, February 11th, 2019
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SEARLE, James Donald L.L.B. U.W.O. 1974 – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James D. Searle on his 78th birthday, February 11, 2019 at VON Sakura House in Woodstock, Ontario. Known as “Jim” to friends and family and as “Dad/Grandad” to his adoring children and grandchildren, he passed away peacefully after bravely enduring a long period of illness. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Betty with whom he would celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this year. He was and forever shall remain a hero to his three children, Elliot (Jacquie), Stephanie (Sam) and Erica (Tim), and to his eight cherished grandchildren, Solomon and Arlo Searle, Noah, Gabriel, Hannah and Sophia Eldiriny; and Emily and Oliver Lomax. Jim was born on February 11th, 1941 to Frank and Marjorie Searle in Woodstock, spending his formative years here and later in Toronto, returning to Woodstock in 1976 to raise his young family and establish his law practice. Jim conducted his legal career with the same traits he exhibited in every area of his life: integrity, honesty, fierce intelligence, empathy, moral courage and a tireless work ethic. He set a high moral standard for his children to follow. He was well-known for his sharp wit, always ready with a well-timed retort, to the occasional embarrassment of his ever-loving wife Betty. His dry sense of humour lives on in his children to the tolerance of their own families. Friends are invited to meet with the family at the Brock and Visser Funeral Home, 845Devonshire Ave., Woodstock (519-539-0004) on Monday, February 18th, 2019 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am where the memorial service will be held in the chapel at 11:00 am, with Pastor Steve Boctor officiating. If desired memorial contributions may be made to VON Sakura House or Oxford County Animal Rescue. Personal online condolences at
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  • Visitation

    Monday, February 18th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Monday, February 18th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Brock and Visser Funeral Home
    845 Devonshire Ave.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, February 18th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, February 18th, 2019 11:00am
    Brock and Visser Funeral Home
    845 Devonshire Ave.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Steve Boctor



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Brad Bennett

Posted at 07:46pm
My most sincere condolences are extended to all of Jim's family and friends, near and far. Whether it was with, or in front of (when he was sitting as a judge), him at the lunch.........or on the golf course.........or the ball diamond.......or any and every other occasion I can possibly remember, it was always a pleasure to be in his company. His witticisms, the glint in his eye and seemingly ever present smile on his face - Jim will be missed by all that knew him.
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Richard Grant

Posted at 11:07am
In thinking back with gratitude for the decades of friendship, we have especially happy memories of the many lunches and conversations (sometimes by long distance calls) and of the wonderful time we had when Jim and Betty visited us in Nashville. Our visit to the Grand Ole Opry was special that year. We are reminded that love is what makes possible the sorrow of loss. Rick & Claudine Grant

Joel & Cathy

Posted at 08:09am
Thinking of your family during this time. Mr Searle left behind a wonderful family in no small part due to his influence and that is a testament to a life well lived. With love, Joel & Cathy
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mike rutherford

Posted at 02:05pm
Betty and family My sincere condolences to you all I enjoyed the talks we had Dad did also thinking of you at this difficult time

Tracy and Wayne

Posted at 11:51am
Words could never Express the sadness I feel. The world has lost a wonderful man and heaven is now, more beautiful.
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