Uhlman, James "Albert", 97, of Pleasant River
December 12, 1923 – August 30, 2021
Quite simply, he was love, light and laughter. We know how blessed we have been and we are grateful and, because of this, we are heartbroken to announce his passing on August 30th. We are forever thankful for his unconditional love, support and the example he set of what family means. He set the bar high.
Those who knew and loved him know of that joyful, mischievous glimmer in his eyes. How he loved to tease and to laugh. His laugh was THE BEST and was infectious. And that smile! It lit up any room he was in. The nurses who cared for him even spoke of his beautiful smile and how he would smile and laugh with them. His wonderful sense of humour and love of laughter stayed with him his entire life.
He enjoyed going to friends and family’s to visit, as well as, having them drop into his home. He was a social butterfly and one never left his presence feeling down. He was very good at keeping in touch with his siblings, whom he loved dearly, either visiting or calling them regularly. He often spoke with such adoration about his sweet Mama, as well as, his Papa, telling us
many stories from when he was growing up. Although his family was large and they didn’t have many material things, there was an abundance of kindness and love and he certainly lived those values his entire life. They learned of hard work at an early age, doing chores on the family farm, and that work ethic followed him into the working world. The details of the jobs he worked were not so important but, rather, how he worked and that he loved to work. How he worked was the man. He only knew how to work hard and he leaned into it, never complaining and he always did what needed to be done and gave his best. He felt working, and the ability to work, was a huge part of his worth. Providing well for his family was the most important thing.
He loved to help and do anything he could for anyone and it
was a common occurrence to hear him say "Need any help?" or
"I’ll give you a hand" and before you could even
answer, he was there helping. He had a large inventory of whatever you
might need up in his building. He’d say "I think I have
one of those up in the building" and off he’d go to get
it. We often referred to him
as the Energizer Bunny as he had that kind of energy, if not more.
He had a lifelong passion for music, especially for fiddle
music. He owned many different fiddles throughout the years and
enjoyed having fiddlers come to the house to play together or just
listen to them. He would put on private concerts for his grandkids
when they would come for sleepovers or visits, resulting in some
silliness and making us all laugh til we cried, especially
his Gwennie. He could always make her laugh. How special that was.
There were many family picnics, bbq’s, camping trips, corn boils, beach days and overnight trips throughout the years. He looked forward to extended family get togethers of the Uhlmans and of the MacQuarries. His biscuits were very well known and were always requested for potlucks. He was known to even make a batch when you’d visit and then have you sit down to eat one (or three) with Gwen’s strawberry jam and a cup of tea. Biscuits will never taste the same.
We fondly remember the nicknames he used like "you little snapperdoodle" or "inkinpink" and who could forget "eye winker, tommy tinker, nose smeller, mouth eater, chin chopper, tickle, tickle, tickle"(under the chin) and a favourite saying "holy snappin’ ol’ ball headed" or "by the snappin’ mister". Brian tells us that there were other words but we didn’t hear those. Haha. Some of the young guys of the family got to hear him tell some jokes that he would add "you didn’t know I knew of stuff like that, did you?". How he loved to tell stories and when he "sometimes" stretched the truth, he would stop and say "and I bet you don’t believe that" and then laugh, slap his knee and lift his leg, as he was known to do a time or two. Oh my, he was quite the fella.
When making his rounds of phone calls, he would often
disguise his voice with a high pitched one to try to fool us. It was
the same voice every time, as if we didn’t remember it from
the last call. Haha. He’d ask how are you and then say
"well, you’re lookin’ good" or, if we
were calling him, he’d say "who is this" (knowing
full well who it was) and we’d tell him and his response
"I thought that looked like you" and laugh that wonderful laugh. He loved to laugh and we loved that laugh and we already miss it.
He would tell us the story of how he used to walk the tracks from New Elm to Grammie’s house on Gilmore Rd every day and say "now she must’ve been quite a girl for a fella to go through all that trouble" and then laugh, of course, but add so sweetly, "She was worth every step".
Blessed to love him, have been loved by him, and left to celebrate him and to mourn the loss of him, are his wife, Gwen (MacQuarrie), whom he married on April 13, 1948 and shared 73 anniversaries; two children, Barbara, Wileville; Brian (Cheryl), Pleasant River. Grandchildren; Lisa (Tim), Mike (Julianne), Julie (Shannon), Josh (Tasha), Jennie. Great-Grandchildren; Chelsea (Cody), Meggi (Joel), Gracie, Abigayle, Gabe, Matthew, Emily (Luke), Spencer, Jonah & Sophie. Great-Great Grandchildren; Cecelia, Camilla & Jackson. Sisters Edith & Florence, Brothers Martin & Avery. Sisters-In-Law: Marilyn &Jeanette (Arlyn); Brothers-In-Law Ronnie (Lorraine), Gerald (Evelyna) and numerous Nieces and Nephews.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, Joseph & Estella, Brothers Wilbert, George, Max, Wade & Robert, and infant brother William; Sisters Muriel, Lottie, Winnie & Lucy. Brothers-in-law Clarke, Dougie & Kendall; Sister-in-law Vivian. He was also pre-deceased by his beloved son-in-law, Junior.
Truly, to know this man was to love him and we love him dearly and for always. We miss him more than we can put into words. His beautiful smile is forever imprinted in our hearts.
Special thanks to the nurses and staff of the 4th Floor medical unit and Dr Chiasson at SSRH for their kindness and care of Albert. The family very much appreciates it.
No service as per Albert’s wishes. Donations in his memory may be made to the South Shore Regional Hospital Foundation or the North Queens Fire Association. On-line condolences may be made by visiting www.corkumfuneralhome.ca