ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of James Ellison. Who left us at 61 years old on the 19th of January 2023, after a short tough battle with cancer.
James/Jim/Jimmy/Dad will be loved and remembered forever.
If you have any stories, memories, words to say to him and or photos, we would love to hear them! Please leave them right here on this site, or contact his wife Theresa or his son James:
Theresa: teriellison84@hotmail.com
James: +44 07590460475
Email: jamesjohn2309@hotmail.co.uk

Instead of flowers, please consider leaving a donation for James's chosen charity Help for Heroes - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/james-rober...

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He inherited me from his predecessor; first week in his new job at Kaplan - continuity meeting, an instant understanding, getting on like a house on fire.

Jim had his moments back then - shouting at onsite trades meant I had late night calls from installers caught in the crossfire, they were told he had to take a later flight for a family holiday - to make sure the project was delivered on time.

The mark of the man.

A quick word and the storm settled easily enough
“We’re just two Northern lads, speaking our minds and getting the job done” he would say.

He mellowed with the years. We laughed a lot.

I’m already missing Jim.
Many will say he left big shoes to fill.
For me, it's a very large hole in the landscape.

My heart goes out to his family, and those colleagues who were lucky enough to work with him every day.

Our penultimate text thread was on the 14th of December.

His sign off was:  “Thanks mate appreciate it”

Likewise Jim.

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Fond memories when he was RD and RS staff at PMC Arborfield while I went through as an apprentice. After that, we did a bit of triathlon (Malta trip was excellent) and also some bike racing for the Army team....which is the only photo I have of him from around 1998 or 1999 I think. He was REME Corps RSM and did a great job, much better than that Roberts bloke ;-) Jim - you were a fine role model, soldier, REME Corps leader and a true gentleman. Everyone who knows you will miss you. Rest in Peace oppo.
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January 28
January 28
Jim and myself started working together at Kaplan around the same time in 2006 and sat next to each other in the early days. From the very beginning we always had a good laugh and great banter. Jim had the ability to talk to anyone no matter who they were and treat everyone with respect and kindness. He was a kind and considerate guy. Jim told me everything I should know about Jaguar S types and why I should buy the model and shared his adventures on his fantastic Sunseeker. I won't forget Jim, he was a very special guy. My sincere condolences to his wife, son and family
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January 27
January 27
Jim was not just a colleague he was a good friend. A gentle giant and a true gentleman, always ready to guide and support whenever it was needed (and he'd know without you saying anything).  Jim you are, and always will be, a huge miss! Condolences to Teri, James and the extended family xx
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January 27
January 27
I am deeply saddened to hear of Jimmy’s passing. We had some great times together at Arborfield, both work and play. He was a true professional and a lovely bloke. My heartfelt condolences go out to Terri, James and their extended family. RIP my friend.
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January 26
January 26
Jim, we probably had most of our meetings in classrooms, trying to figure out where to put sockets and you calmly explaining why my idea needed to be a little more practical, but together we got there.
Will miss you Jim.
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January 26
January 26
A long time friend of Jim. Served together in Y Coy First Fusiliers. A great soldier, very fit and a top athlete. Always professional in his work and dedication. Will be sadly missed by many. Sleep easy mate. Stand down. OAFAAF
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January 26
January 26
Jim, one of the things that made you so great at your job and such a great colleague was the consideration you had for the needs everybody whose working environments you were creating. You really set the tone in everything you did. You'll be so missed, but what you have built is all around us. All our best wishes to Teri and James.
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January 26
January 26
I'm shocked and sorrowed to hear of Jims passing We first met in Arborfield when Jimmy transferred over to REME. We bumped into each other a couple of times as civvies, while commuting into/out of London usually when the trains were not running to schedule.
Condolences to Teri and James. xx
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January 26
January 26
Jim, my line manager, my mentor, your beautiful soul is free now. I will never forget you. If I have to mention one thing, of the many things you have taught and shown me, is that kindness and compassion are life changing, because it comes from incredible inner soul strength. Much love
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January 26
January 26
Jim was such a kind lovely man, always had time for everyone and valued people's opinions. I had to the pleasure to work with Jim and met with him on lots of ocassions.  Sending all my love to his family at this time.
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January 26
January 26
We probably met 4 or 5 times over the years trying to resolve one problem or another at the Leicester Office.
A true gentleman who always made the time to patiently listen and then calmly guide. Jim was very professional and experienced in estate management but always made time to genuinely listen to view points from the less knowledgeable! A testament to a very humble man.
Jim always had a thoroughly thought out plan of action hence you had complete faith in his execution. My condolences to the Ellison family.
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January 26
January 26
To many fond memories of Jimmy. A truly good man.

I am just lost for words. OAFAAF

Maggie x
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January 26
January 26
How lucky we all were to have spent time with you Jim - such bright and huge presence in any room - we will miss you popping into the HR office to say hello. Your legacy is all around us here at Kaplan - you did us, and so many proud.
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January 26
January 26
Jimmy Arte et Marte
A true gentleman mentored me when I first came tovArborfield
Gone too soon
Stevie Nichol x
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January 26
January 26
James. My best friend’s big brother… such a strong handsome man. Happy childhood memories of you trying to shoot Margaret and i with your air rifle through the letter box in Sandringham Gardens  Destined for your successful career in the Army.  You’ll be a BIG miss xx Danielle
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January 26
January 26
What a lot of great times and memories I have of serving with Jim. Always the gentleman, a great sense of humour and always there when I needed a hand. Sadly missed, sleep well my friend
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January 25
January 25
So many great memories of our adventures together, from the REME hotel way back in the mid 90s to our epic South Africa Journey. I will miss you buddy. Rest in peace.
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January 25
January 25
To my brave big beautiful brother james .You have gone far too soon ,you will always be in my heart .So sorry I didn’t get to say goodbye ,Love you always.XXX❤️❤️❤️
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January 25
January 25
I worked alongside Jim for many years - and had hoped to do so for many more. Such a warm, generous person with a great sense of fun. All my love Jim and sending that love now to Teri, James and all xxx

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He inherited me from his predecessor; first week in his new job at Kaplan - continuity meeting, an instant understanding, getting on like a house on fire.

Jim had his moments back then - shouting at onsite trades meant I had late night calls from installers caught in the crossfire, they were told he had to take a later flight for a family holiday - to make sure the project was delivered on time.

The mark of the man.

A quick word and the storm settled easily enough
“We’re just two Northern lads, speaking our minds and getting the job done” he would say.

He mellowed with the years. We laughed a lot.

I’m already missing Jim.
Many will say he left big shoes to fill.
For me, it's a very large hole in the landscape.

My heart goes out to his family, and those colleagues who were lucky enough to work with him every day.

Our penultimate text thread was on the 14th of December.

His sign off was:  “Thanks mate appreciate it”

Likewise Jim.

requiescat in pace
New
yesterday
Fond memories when he was RD and RS staff at PMC Arborfield while I went through as an apprentice. After that, we did a bit of triathlon (Malta trip was excellent) and also some bike racing for the Army team....which is the only photo I have of him from around 1998 or 1999 I think. He was REME Corps RSM and did a great job, much better than that Roberts bloke ;-) Jim - you were a fine role model, soldier, REME Corps leader and a true gentleman. Everyone who knows you will miss you. Rest in Peace oppo.
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January 28
January 28
Jim and myself started working together at Kaplan around the same time in 2006 and sat next to each other in the early days. From the very beginning we always had a good laugh and great banter. Jim had the ability to talk to anyone no matter who they were and treat everyone with respect and kindness. He was a kind and considerate guy. Jim told me everything I should know about Jaguar S types and why I should buy the model and shared his adventures on his fantastic Sunseeker. I won't forget Jim, he was a very special guy. My sincere condolences to his wife, son and family
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You will never be forgotten

January 28

Jimmy and I met in Shorncliffe as a couple of 16/17 year olds and very quickly became best buddies. Through the army we travelled together, shared a love of skiing both qualifying as instructors together and shared so many incredible stories and adventures. One of my proudest moments was when we undertook an expedition in Norway and Jimmy and I were the only two to complete the gruelling challenge. To date, that was one of the hardest challenges I have every taken part in and couldn’t have thought of anyone better to share that experience with. We returned home from that trip just in time for him to marry the love of his life Teri and being his best man was an honour and a privilege. You truly were one in a million and my oldest mate. You will be deeply missed. 
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The White Camper

January 25
Around 1999 /2000 Jim, myself, Alistair Weir and Al Roberts all keen triathletes spent time traveling to events up and down the country, we all even went to Cyprus with the Army Triathlon Squad a couple of times, them as athletes and me a very keen add on.
Jim bought a white VW t25 Westfalia a beautiful van which he adored and he used regularly to stay overnight and events further afield. On the fateful day in question Jim had a work meeting in Aldershot so asked me to stand in for him on morning duties parade, on this day he would have gone to Aldershot in the camper, but the battery was flat so he put it on charge and asked Teri to keep an eye on it, He would use the Colonels staff car.
About 1000 hrs I had to come home for something and cycled past Jims house and his camper which had been pristine had burned to the ground and was a pile of ashes. I immediately rang Jim in Aldershot and asked if he knew what had happened to the van, he started to laugh out loud.
He recalled how Teri had called him and told him the van had caught on fire and was destroyed (it was a common problem on vans of that age when you charge the batteries in situ). The fire Brigade had been deployed. He then proceeded to tell me how Teri had lightened the mood by telling him it wasn't all bad and there was good news. When he said what is it she quite calmly said to him "the Fires Out" and he burst out laughing again. Great times with a big fella who liked a laugh and loved his family.

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