Allison, James Cleland.
Allison, James Cleland, died at the age of 93 on April 27, 2011 at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, Ont. Jim's connection with the Presbyterian Church began at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in his hometown of Belleville, Ont. Before leaving for the University of Toronto to study medicine, Jim was an active worker at St. Andrew's and later counted his experience there as a major influence on his life.
It was there that Jim married nursing student Clara McPhee on Feb. 5, 1944. Jim's medical career took them first to North Bay for 10 years. Jim, Clara and their young daughters attended North Bay Presbyterian Church before their move to the Toronto area so Jim could pursue his interests in medical administration and rehabilitation.
While Jim worked at Chedoke Hospital, Hamilton, Ont., he and Clara were well-loved members of the Chedoke Presbyterian Church family. Jim was an elder there and served as clerk of session from 1979 to 1981. Following their move to Aurora, Ont., in 1982, Jim and Clara joined St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Jim became an elder there and served until 1992.