James Grant Finch

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 16:40 PM

James Grant Finch
Born - November 23, 1948 - Passed Away - May 26, 2017

James Grant Finch (Grant), at the age of 68, has peacefully departed his earthly residence (Polar Star Lodge) on Wabigoon Lake for a new home within the heavens, on Friday, May 26, 2017.

Grant was born on November 23, 1948 to proud parents; Norah (Pumphrey) and Ross Finch in St. Boniface, Manitoba. At a very young age, Grant and his family moved throughout Northwestern Ontario, finally settling on the shores of Wabigoon Lake, founding Polar Star Lodge.

Grant spent the entirety of his life at Polar Star Lodge running the business and had become well known in the area for his extensive knowledge of the Wabigoon and Dinorwic chain of lakes. A seeker of knowledge, Grant spent a great deal of time studying the spiritual aspects of life and relaying knowledge to the masses helping a great many people through the trials and tribulations of life. He had become a fixture in the area and was well known as a man who was willing to help people through troubled times. He was affectionately referred to by his friends as the mayor of Wabigoon.

Grant was predeceased by his parents Ross and Norah, sister; Sharon (Fuerst) and son Jason, whom he missed terribly and whose passing had a profound effect upon his life. He is survived by his, loving wife of 42 years; Adele of Wabigoon, sister; Laurie Anne Desaultels of Dryden, brother; Tom Duncan of the Domincan Republic, step-son; Percy Derosier of Wabigoon Lake, step-daughter; Jacqueline Derosier of Dinorwic, niece; Terri Fedorchuk of Dryden, nephew; Todd Desaultels of Dryden, great-nephew; Ken McMillian, great great-nephew; Tristan McMillian, great great-nieces; Hope McMillian and Eve McMillian, sisters-in-law; Thelma Ledoux, Louise Morin and Judy Korobanik as well as many friends and extended family. 

A special message of thanks and gratitude from Adele and family goes out to Dr. Viherjoki and the amazing nursing staff of the Dryden Hospital ICU whose compassion and care made Grant’s passing comfortable.

A celebration of Grant’s life has already taken place and there will be no visitation of service. Should friends desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association through the Dryden Community Funeral Home, 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, ON, P8N 2X3.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to [email protected] subject heading: Finch