Obituary of James Kenneth Newby
Jim Newby, 82, of London, Ontario died November 11, 2020.
James Kenneth "Jim" Newby, son of Orville and Nettie, passed away in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico after being struck by a vehicle while bike riding. He is survived by his daughter Wanda Millard of London, Ontario, and his two sons Jeff Newby and Scott Newby of Calgary, Alberta. He is also survived by his 6 grandchildren.
Jim grew up on his family farm outside of Thorndale, Ontario. As a young man he met Debra Graham roller skating in Grand Bend, Ontario and as they say, the rest is history. They married in 1960 and eventually settled into Exeter with Wanda arriving in 1961, Jeff in 1962, and Scott in 1965. Debra passed away in 1985.
Jim had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and sales was his strength. His love of cars got him started in the tire industry in Ontario and continued through his move to Calgary in 1973. There he worked in numerous industries including selling tires, cars, and real estate before he finished his work career owning and operating Newby Vacuums.
Jim's retirement allowed him to enjoy traveling, cycling, and tennis year-round. After testing out Arizona for a few winters he tried Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and found his ideal winter home for the last 18 years. He loved the tennis community, the cycling community, the night life, as well as the people and culture. Splitting his time between PV in the winter and Ontario in the summer was a perfect balance for him. Being a people person, he created lasting friendships wherever he went and was able to enjoy keeping in touch with them near and far.
He will be greatly missed by his family and extensive network of friends.
Celebration for Life events will be held in London, Calgary, and Puerto Vallarta once we are able to gather again or at least be together outside. Please watch Jim’s Facebook page for details.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to a hospital foundation of their choice.
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