MOIR, James Robert

Born: Apr 26, 1949
Died: Sep 13, 2017


James Robert Moir

Jim passed away at St. Mary’s General Hospital on September 13, 2017, after a brief illness.  He had lived in Baden, ON for 20 years.  He grew up in Kingston, ON and attended Queen’s University, earning a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in civil engineering.  Jim practiced engineering for 40 years, most notably in remote regions of Canada in the western Arctic and the MacKenzie River, NWT, which was the foundation of his career.  He continued designing large-scale engineering projects across Canada and the United States.  Along the way, he was a mentor to numerous young engineers.  Jim was also an avid model railroader, known throughout North America for his pioneering research into the application of computer software to model railroad operations.  In 1988 Jim married Natalie, a scientific editor who had immigrated to Canada from her native Boston.  He is survived by his brother, Mike (Sara) of San Rafael, CA, his sister, Lynn D’Alton (John) of Guelph, and several nephews and a niece.  We thank the St. Mary’s cardiology department for their immense talent and compassionate care.  We are also grateful for the help provided by our friend, Jim Switzer of New Hamburg.  Cremation has taken place.  Private interment will be held at a later date.   Mark Jutzi Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements.  Online condolences and donation information available at

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Condolence from George and Jan Giles sent on March 1, 2018

It is with great sadness that we send our condolences. Jim was, despite the distance and infrequent contact, one of our closest friends. He will be greatly missed.
George and Jan Giles

Condolence from Mike Hurlburt sent on September 22, 2017

I am so sorry to lose such a unique individual. Never met Jim in person, but always treated me like we had met. Sad new in today’s email.

Condolence from Robin Becker sent on September 20, 2017

My deepest sympathy on your loss. Jim was a pioneer and had amazing insights.

Condolence from Jeannie Harris sent on September 19, 2017

My deepest sympathy for Jim family. Jim was a amazing man to work for at CRA/GHD, his kind heart, warm and sunny demeanor, was a joy to work for the past 28 years. Jim will be solely missed. Jim may you continue to enjoy your trains and take a journey wherever they take you. Jeannie Harris

Condolence from Carol Mosburger sent on September 19, 2017

May another good angel meet together In heaven !