In the evening of Monday, March 2, 2015 James L. “Jim” Grant passed away with family at his side, at Royal University Hospital following a very brief illness. Jim was born August 20, 1936 in Fenn, Alberta the third of four children. He grew up working on the family farm and took his schooling in the area. Jim played many sports and played goalie for the Red Deer Rustlers and being an all-round athlete he also tried out for the Edmonton Eskimos. He enjoyed coaching but his passion was Umping. He was a Level 5 umpire with Softball Canada with numerous career highlights. Jim was never wrong and nothing topped having been chosen one of 3 umpires in Canada to ump the Pan Am games in Carracus, Venezuela. Jim was predeceased by his wife Celestine and his daughter Kim, brothers Dick, Ross and sister Dorothy. He is survived by his children: Karla (Gene) Cormack; Byron (Christine); grandchildren Kayla and Courtney, Kennedy and Ashton, Aaron and Taylor and various nieces and nephews. A Visitation for James was held Friday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. , with a Funeral Service held Saturday, March 7 at 10:00 a.m. both at Hillcrest Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations in James’ memory may be made to an organization of one’s choice. Arrangements entrusted to Basil Forsberg, Hillcrest Funeral Home, Saskatoon, SK 306-477-4400.