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James Douglas Mabbott

April 26, 1937 - December 28, 2018


James Douglas Mabbott husband, father, grandfather, and kind physician and friend to many, was born in Hanna Alberta on April 26, 1937, and passed away on December 28, 2018 in Abbotsford, BC. Jim was the second child of Elmer and Marjory Mabbott, and all his siblings, Leona(Dan Goldsmith), Les(Linda), Sharon and Stan (Gina) share in the loss of their brother.


Jim’s family moved to Lacombe, Alberta when Jim was young. Jim attended school in Lacombe, graduating from Lacombe High School in 1955, before earning his BSc. (1960) and MD (1963) at the University of Alberta.


Jim had an early love of music and began taking violin and singing lessons from a family friend, Mrs. Jardine. He was a boy soprano and sang often in church and at many civic events. Singing and playing the piano, as well as listening to Opera and participating and enjoying choir music was a life long pleasure for Jim.


He also enjoyed carpentry, and doing small renovation projects, including working on “the cabin”, and was very involved in his church Braemar Baptist and Lendrum Mennonite both in Edmonton where he served in many roles including deacon.   At University he was involved in Inter-varsity Christian, where he would meet, his life long friend, companion and strength, Gweneth Nelson.   He and Gweneth were married in 1960, and after a short stint in Enderby, BC where his daughter Kim (Robert Adria) was born, he had a full career in Edmonton where sons, Donald (Brenda Lepp) and David (Susie Reiss) were born.  He was a good and supportive father to his kids, while they were growing up. He was proud of them as adults and appreciated and enjoyed their choices for spouses.


Jim was known as a caring and compassionate physician, but it was his family, and particularly his eight Grand-children who gave him much pleasure.   Jim neither watched or played sports, but each of his grandchildren remember him fondly for his many outings of mini-golf, nature walks or the Drumheller Dinosaur trip.  Michael and Daniel Adria from Kelowna, BC Connor, Aaron, Jordan and Adriana Mabbott of Toronto, Ont. and Simon and Georgia Mabbott of NY, NY, each got to know and Love him uniquely as Grandpa.


There are numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, friends and patients, sharing in the immediate families loss, and the family is appreciative of their care and condolences.   There will be a memorial service for Jim on Saturday January 5, 2019 at 11:00am, at St. Matthew Anglican Abbotsford (2010 – Guilford Drive, Abbotsford)  In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the “Canadian Mental Health Association, in memory James D. Mabbott”(website: vf.cmha.bc.ca)


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From: Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home

Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Marvin and June Walker (Herb Mabbott)
Relation: Cousin

Our deepest condolences to the family!

From: Lila J KOBI
Relation: He is my Cousin

Jim was a hero to me in many ways. When my Daughter was born I spent many a night and day walking the floor with her as she had trouble breathing. Jim and Gwen saw how beat I was and said to bring her to his office asap. He was my first introduction to Allergies. (which I had suffered with all my life but nobody talked about them before that. He helped me understand and I am grateful to this day. I moved to Ontario soon after but always remember his kindness. My Love and Prayers go out to Gwen, his Children and Grandchildren. I

From: Diane Mabbott
Relation: Cousin

My deepest condolences to you all. May God guide and comfort you all at this very difficult time. We were so glad to have had the opportunity to spend time with you Gwen, and Jim at Green Valley, several years ago, Lyle and Jim had so much fun.
Cherish all your many wonderful memories and Jim will live in your hearts always.

From: Anna Anderson Federgreen
Relation: He is my Uncle Jim.

So sorry to hear about Uncle Jim’s passing. I have so many memories of him as a kind uncle who looked after me when I stayed with your family in 1968, baked Swedish bread at Christmas, and told funny stories. Uncle Jim’s efforts made so many family gatherings possible, enjoyable and memorable. I think of the big Nelson reunion out at the acreage – what a great time that was – I still have a framed photo on my dresser from that special event! He loved his family and so enjoyed his grandchildren! I will always remember him helping us to pick out music for our wedding and singing a beautiful solo. We had many good talks when Gwen and Jim visited Don’s family in Oakville. He appreciated beauty in music, in a meal shared with relatives and even the beauty of lighting candles for breakfast on dark winter mornings! He was gentle and tenderhearted towards our daughters, Rachel and Isabel as well as myself and those memories are very precious now. I want you to know that I will miss Jim. I have been thinking of your family and I have been praying for you often these last few days.

I really would like to be there with you all. I have looked into flights to Vancouver/Abbotsford and it is not possible for me to be there for the memorial service.

Rachel, Isabel and Clive send their condolences as well and we are praying for God to give you peace and comfort as you go through the upcoming weeks. May you feel surrounded by love.

With sympathy, prayers and love,
Anna (Nelson) Anderson Federgreen

From: Phyllis Allen
Relation: Cousin - Goldie's daughter

Deepest condolences

From: Bob and Marianne Thiessen
Relation: Friends

Dear Gwen and family,
As you bid farewell to Jim, your husband, father and grandfather, we want to send our condolences.
We remember the many times we were able to share food, laughter and friendship with you and your family. Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays were just a few of the many times we shared with you. Our time with you in Spain will always be a cherished memory.
We are sorry we can not share this day with you in person. We pray that Gods loving arms will embrace you as you remember the past and plan for the future.
Much Love and Prayers
Bob and Marianne

From: Amy

May the words at Isaiah 25:8 be of comfort to the friends and family of James, where it says “He (God) will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.”

From: Garry Schaber
Relation: Friend

It is with saddened heart to learn of Jim’s passing. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to you Gwen and your entire family. I have many memories of our friendship and times together. May Gods Love surround you all.

From: Ruth Maria Adria

We believe that Dr. Mabbott is in the presence of our glorious God,
and suffers no more sorrow, no more pain in his beautiful new home.
We believe that he is experiencing the intense joy of heaven.
That he is clothed in the glistening white robes of Jesus righteousness
and that he shall reflect the light, the magnificent brilliance and glory
of our wonderful God throughout all eternity.
Daniel 12:3; Matthew 13:43
We can only envy him

Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of His saints.

Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
January 5, 2019
Beginning at 11:00am

St. Matthew's Anglican Church
2010 Guildford Drive
Abbotsford, BC Canada

2010 Guildford Drive
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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