JAMES I. PIRRIE Oct. 4, 1927 - Oct. 9, 2019

James Pirrie

ELKHART — James Ignatius Pirrie, of Elkhart, died on Wednesday, Oct.  9, 2019, at the age of 92.

Jim was born Oct.  4, 1927, in Melbourne, Australia, to his parents, Richard and Isabel (Maguire) Pirrie, who preceded him in death.

He was the beloved husband of Maria (Cooney), loving father of Elizabeth (Martin) Hoffmann and Helen (Joe) Roy, and cherished grandfather of Jules, Louise, and Johanna James Roy.

Jim was preceded in death by all six of his siblings: sister Helen; brothers, Richard, Kevin, John, Andrew, and Peter Pirrie of Melbourne.

In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by mother-in-law Suzanne Cooney, his sisters-in-law Donna Pirrie of Sydney, Coralie Pirrie and Genevieve Pirrie of Melbourne, brothers-in-law Ray (Mary Ellen) Cooney of New York and Brian (Carol) Cooney of Wisconsin, and a host of nieces and nephews in Australia and the U.S. who love him dearly.

Jim led a true life of service. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in the Society of Jesus in Melbourne, which afforded him the opportunity to counsel and teach in Australia, internationally, and finally to serve in the Province of Chicago. After leaving the priesthood, Jim married Maria on April 4, 1981, in Chicago. They welcomed daughters Elizabeth in 1983 and Helen in 1986.

After serving as an addiction counselor for nearly 30 years between Evanston Hospital in Illinois and Oaklawn Hospital in Goshen, he finally retired at the age of 80.

Jim was a great athlete, excelling as a young man in cricket and Australian rules football.

He always took time to greet all children in his path, was devout in his faith, and he enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds, and sneaking treats with his granddaughters.

Visitation will be at Billings Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Elkhart from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. Services will follow at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1108 S. Main St., Elkhart, at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14,  with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. The Revs. Matthew Coonan and Kevin Bauman will officiate and burial will follow at a later date in St. Vincent Cemetery in Elkhart.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Serenity Hall, 949 Middlebury St., Elkhart, IN 46516.

Please come join the family as they bid farewell and say a prayer for the old bloke.

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Max McCartney

Jim was my mentor who I worked with at Oaklawn for many years. Words can't convey my love and respect for him. I learned so much during our friendship . God Bless This Great Man .


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