James Nixon

James Allen Nixon

Saturday, July 19th, 1930 - Monday, October 12th, 2020
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James Allen “ACE” NIXON

July 19, 1930 - October 12, 2020

Our family is deeply saddened to announce Dad’s passing on Monday, October 12th, 2020, in his 91st year. Loving husband of the late Florence (nee Bell), wonderful father to the late Allan (Brenda), Donna Mansfield (John Magee), Carol-Ann McCoy (Wayne), Jim (Carolyn) and Pam (Brian Lavergne). He will be deeply missed by his 7 grandchildren: Amy (David), Melissa (Steve), Jamie (Shelby), Dwayne (Sarah), Michael (Teresa), Stephanie (Jamie) and Jacqueline, and 12 great-grandchildren. Grampa Jim will also be fondly remembered by Dana Howes and Andy Aitken.

Dear brother of Shirley Sweeney, Robert Nixon (Leanne) and Gary Nixon (Judy), and brother-in-law of Pauline Nixon, Bonnie Nixon and Kay Gallagher. He is predeceased by his parents, Raeburn and Jana “Jennie” Nixon, and his siblings: Gwen Whiteside, Bill, Lorraine Reaburn, Elma Cupskey, Dave, Bev “Wolfie” and Dennis.

From a young age, Dad became known for his outstanding hockey abilities. He was inducted into the Owen Sound Sports Hall of Fame for Hockey, recognizing his early accomplishments; he played hockey in Collingwood for the Shipbuilders in the 60’s. He received numerous Ontario titles as Coach and player with the Durham Huskies and later as provincial champion as Coach of the Hanover Barons.

Dad signed a professional hockey contract when he was 17 years old with the Providence Reds, of the American Hockey League, but made his decision to stay at home and play locally.

Dad was surrounded by love his entire life, and this remained true, as we had all been with him when he left us to join Mom, Allan and his family that went on ahead.

Friends may call at the McCulloch-Watson Funeral Home, Durham on Wednesday, October 14th from 6 – 9 p.m., and Thursday, October 15th from 1 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. A private funeral service celebrating the life of James Nixon will be held. Friends and extended family are welcome to view the service via live stream on Friday at 1 p.m. by visiting the McCulloch-Watson Funeral Home Facebook page ( Interment at Durham Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to West Grey Minor Hockey or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Due to Covid-19 protocols masks are required, social distancing must be respected on Funeral Home property and a limited number of people will be allowed inside for visitation at one time. If you wish to attend visitation, please call the Funeral Home at 519-369-3837 or visit the death notice on the Funeral Home website ( and click on the “make a reservation” to confirm your attendance.
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Chris Ahrens

Posted at 01:19pm
I would like to express my sincere sympathies to everyone on the loss of a great hockey legend. I know to his family they lost so much more but I will remember him as one of the best coaches I ever had to play for or to coach with. A true icon who will be sorely missed. RIP Ace!!
Chris & Lesia Ahrens and family

Linda Hutchinson

Posted at 11:47pm
Thoughts and prayers to you all.
Linda (Hamilton) Hutchinson

Keith Tippin

Posted at 08:23pm
Dear Donna and the Nixon families. I'd like to send my deepest condolences and prayers on the passing of Mr. Nixon.
My fondest memory of him was being lucky enough to sit with him on the couch in the lobby of the Collingwood Legion during a municipal debate for an election that Donna was running in(and should have been elected). His face just lit up everytime she spoke and he didn't have a problem making a comment or two with what he didn't agree with.
He will be missed
Keith Tippin

Ron Taylor

Posted at 05:12pm
We want to express our deep condolences to Jim's family. He will be missed....treasure your memories!
I (Ron) remember many good times playing hockey with Jim .

Ron & Nancy Taylor

Sandra Loughead

Posted at 07:44am
Carol-Ann, Wayne and Family. Very sorry to hear about your loss, thinking of you all at this time. Sandra

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