James Allan Harney

Born: Tue., Sep. 16, 1969
Died: Sat., Apr. 15, 2017

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HARNEY, James Allan

September 16, 1969 –April 15, 2017

Jimmy Harney of North Bay Ontario passed away on Saturday April 15, 2017 with his family by his side.  His courageous battle with cancer has come to an end and he is now at peace.

Jimmy was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario on September 16, 1969. It is here where he learned to love the outdoors. In 1983 Jim and his family move to North Bay, Ontario. It is here where he grew into the amazing musician he became.

He will be forever loved and greatly missed by his love Tracey, parents Jim and Helen Harney, his children, who were the light of his life, Josh and Lydia.  Sisters Cindy Sweig (Brian Close), Joanne Kok (Adrien Chan), Barbi Tomas, Kim D’Angelo (Tony), Laura Michaud (Troy).

Uncle Jimmy held a special place in the hearts of his nieces and nephews, teaching them to follow their dreams and to be themselves. He will be sadly missed by Lauren and Steven Sweig, Jamie and Ashley Kok, Alysia, Andrew and Addison Tomas, Kelsi, Eric and Jillian D’Angelo, Josie and Ben Michaud. He is also survived by many loving Aunts, Uncles and cousins.

Jimmy has touched the hearts of many throughout his life. He was a gentle man who always thought of others first. His “family” consisted of many and will be missed by Shelley and family, Jana, Kate and Emily, Tracey’s family James and Chelsey, Liam and Emma, Rocky and Billy Dean. The “Shack” Family, and his close friends Bob, Waxxie, Peter, Mike and Dean, as well as brother in-laws Michael Sweig, Harvey Kok and Barry Tomas.

Jimmy was predeceased by grandparents Allan and Siri Untinen, Helen Whiteman and Acy Harney, Uncles Ron and Ken Untinen and cousin Rhonda Slongo-Neron.

We would like to extend our sincere thank you to the entire staff at the North Bay Regional Hospital. Words cannot express how grateful we are to all of you for providing such excellent care for “Our Jimmy”. Jimmy was in awe of how caring everyone was. Thank you to Dr. O’Grady and Paula Doncaster and the staff of 3B and 3C for your compassionate care and guidance. 

Cremation has taken place and at the request of Jimmy there will be no service. Celebrate his life and cherish the memories and the music. Donations can be made to the North Bay Regional Hospital if desired.

From the words of our beloved Jimmy:

“I don’t mind you lending me a hand….you know this damned thing keeps on getting heavier…give it one HEAVE HO! And that will be all she wrote. Now we’re all keeping on and it’s better with you along. Cause it eases my mind when we spend our time..TOGETHER”


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Jane Howe
   Posted Mon April 17, 2017
Heart felt sympathies to Jim's family. Our Stop Energy East group hosted a fund raiser in an ongoing effort to stop the trans Canada pipeline from being built through our water shed. Jim was front and centre. He was such a fine musician and a genuinely decent human being. He will be missed.

Ava Vosu
   Posted Mon April 17, 2017
Heartfelt condolences for every one who will miss Jim's shining smile and warm heart, especially little Lydia, whom I was able to welcome at birth and shared the special honour of being her midwife. This was a very special bond between us all and I hope to make a contribution for a Trust Fund for Lydia, if this is made possible! Warm regards to all the family and extended family!

Billy Bob n Jan,
   Posted Mon April 17, 2017
Miss you already bro,see you in Heaven!😇💔

Frankie and John Weinhardt
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
Our condolences to Jim's loving family. We had great fun with Jim in his younger days and have great memories, what a kind soul he was.

Jamie Forcier
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
Jim to your family I am so sorry for their loss, but also the loss of your talents, your amazing personality and your bright outlook on life...RIP my friend..You will be sadly missed.

Suzanne Foisy
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
Rest in peace dear Jimmy....your voice and lyrics will be dearly missed!

Joanne Stokaluk
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
My thoughts are with you all at this time. Jimmy is resting in peace now. The angels will get to hear Jimmy's amazing voice now.

Brent LaBrosse
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
Tracey and family. My deepest sympathies on Jim's passing. A truly talented individual who shared his talent with whomever asked for it. A leader in the music industry in North Bay and surrounding area with many of us being better musicians because of Jim. When I found out that Jim had passed, I immediately thought of a sunrise several years ago when Jim was singing Michael Buble's song "HOME" just as the day was breaking during the cancer walk at the base. Well Jim, you are now home and without pain and looking down on all of us and being our musical angel. Please know Tracey and Jim's family that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this very trying time. RIP my friend!

Brian Duval
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
On behalf of all kids who sang and danced with Dreamcoat,Toros and the summer challenges -thank you Mr.Harney -my son sure appreciated all the time and effort you gave-especially with Camp Rock!!!!! rest in peace friend...you will be missed!!!!

Molly Cleator
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
Goodbye Dear Jim.
Condolences to all of your family and extended family. God has a new angel singing in His Heavenly Choir. Thanks for all of the wonderful musical memories.
How appropriate that your passing should happen at Easter, you who portrayed Jesus so well in Jesus Christ Superstar. I am certain that we will all hear your voice when we listen to the wind.

Kirsten and Dan Steele
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
Our deepest Sympathy to Jim.s Family, we lost an amazing person and musician, fantastic artist, we will forever cherish the beautiful memories.
Love and peace

Lynda and Gordon Smith
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
We are so sorry to hear of Jims passing. He loved life, music and his family and friends..he will be missed so much..our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

Jerry Dempsey
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
I will miss you Jimmy. The talks we had and the stories we shared. You were an amazing musician and I was thrilled that you saved a copy of your last CD for me. I play it often and will continue to so that I can hear great music and think of you. Rest in Peace my Friend. You were the love of Tracey's like and my thoughts and prayers are with her.

Micheline and Andrew Dunn
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
Our deepest sympathy, Cindy, Mrs. Harney, Laura and families. So difficult to find words to express the sadness of learning of Jimmy's death. From the time I met Jimmy at Chippewa and throughout the years, he never failed to brighten my day whenever we crossed paths. His smile was extremely infectious and lit up the room. Whether he was sharing his talent with the high school bands, Drama club or later on at the Capitol Centre with the Symphony Orchestra, right through to the children's group "Starburst Theatre", he made everyone around him feel like they were very important and valued. More lately, we would see each other at the school where Lydia and my son David share a classroom and no matter how busy his day probably was he would take time to speak with me. Jimmy was most certainly "The real deal" and he will most certainly be very sadly missed by so many people whose lives he touched. Please know our thoughts are with you. Micheline

mark lyons
   Posted Wed April 19, 2017
I'am sorry for your great loss.I didn't know him great but we were always friends for many years.Always a kind gentle soul who has made a great impact on many.

Irene Dolata
   Posted Wed April 19, 2017
Dearest Tracey and family. My deepest heart felt sympathies on Jim's passing. A gentle, kind and loving soul. Words fall short expressing my sorrow. May you all be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.

Bev D'Angelo & Family
   Posted Thu April 20, 2017
Helen, Jim and Family

I was sad to hear of Jimmy's passing. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
My thoughts are with you all.

Marja & David Mack
   Posted Thu April 20, 2017
Our deepest sympathies to Joanne and the rest of the Harney family at this very sad and difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you all be comforted by the memories you all share together that will keep Jimmy forever in your hearts.

Thinking of you,
Marja & David

Renee Mascarin
   Posted Thu April 20, 2017

I'm very sorry for the loss of your brother. I noticed the obituary in the Thunder Bay Chronicle. Although I didn't know your brother, if he was anything like you he would have been an amazing person. Hugs

Renee Mascarin ( Zyla )

Bob Bell
   Posted Fri April 21, 2017
My heartfelt sympathies to the whole Harney clan for your loss. I had the chance to meet Jim not too long ago when Barbi and I travelled to Ottawa together. I immediately sensed his passion for music and how deeply he cared about his friends and family. A huge loss for all of you but, Jim sure left his mark! Take care

gerry mendicino
   Posted Sun April 23, 2017
my condolences to tracey and the family

Kleda and Serge Lapierre
   Posted Mon May 01, 2017
We were honored to have Jim play outside the chapel doors of our wedding. The memory of hearing his amazing voice as we walked those first steps, into our new life together, was a blessing, we will always cherish. Thank you Jim. Condolences to your family for their monumental loss.

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