James Shear

james shear

Jim passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, January 17, 2011 after a 5 year diagnosis with cancer.

Jim was born on March 20, 1962 in Fargo, ND, the son of Alfred and Darlene (Hink) Shear. He grew up in Fargo and graduated from Fargo South High School in 1980. Upon graduation he joined the family business with his father at S & W Electric, of which he is now the owner. In 2006 Jim became engaged to Mitzi McDonald.

Jim will be remembered for his love of golfing with friends at Maple River Golf Club, fishing, hunting and his sense of humor. He cherished his time spent with family and friends, and quiet moments with his fiancée Mitzi.

Jim is survived by his fiancée, Mitzi McDonald and her daughter, Rheanon, who affectionately called him "Big J"; his daughter, Taylor Blakeway of Corvalis, OR; his mother, Darlene Shear of Fargo; his sisters, Phyllis (Jon) Hanson of Bismarck, ND; Diane (Ken) Rheault of Fargo; Kathy (Tim) Bishoff of West Fargo, ND; Janet (Dick) Fedje of Hoople, ND; and Jody (Craig) Talley of Sabin, MN;  many nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog, " Sir Ike". He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred.

In lieu of flowers, any donations given in Jim's name will be presented by the family to the Mayo Clinic for further research and hope for a cure for Multiple Myeloma.

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  1. To a wonderful family, that I have know all of my life, the loss of Jimmy was sad, but I count it a blessing to have know him at all. The memories of our families doing things together will never be forgotten.

  2. Cold Spring MN
    Mitz, Rheanon and Family of Jim,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers go out to you. God Bless.

  3. Sun City ArizonaWords cannot express the heartfelt sorrow I know Jim’s family and friends feel, but the love that they have shared during his life will be forever remembered by all who knew him.

    Being a long distant cousin it’s hard to keep up with each other, but I kept him in my thoughts and prayers during his fight in the last few years.

    May God continue to be by your side through this time and give you strength during the coming days.

    Love your Cousin,


  4. Bismarck ND
    So sorry to hear about Jimmy’s death. Our prayers are with all of you. Wish we could be there today.

  5. Mesa AzDarlene & family, We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your son and just want you and your family to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.

    I send my heart felt TLC to all. Please forgive me If i haven’t kept up with the long distance family. JoAnn Fleischer is my mother ( your cousin ) .

  7. Dear Jody and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss!! You are in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time!!

  8. Eau Claire WII am so sorry for your loss and am praying for peace and healing for your family. May Jim’s spirit fill your souls.

  9. I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Jim in high school. I lost my son just over a year ago. I know they are being well cared for. More than we can ever imagine.

  10. Eustace TexasOur Prayers our with you at this time. May God be with you and give you strenth during this time of saying good-by. We love you.

  11. Jim was a long time friend and neighbor. I also did business with him at S & W. He was a great guy and I am sure he will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jody and family.

  12. 956 S. St. Paul Mesa, AZ
    Stan and I are sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. He put up a courageous fight!

    I have some fond memories of Jim and the girls as he and they were growing up on Phllip’s Ave. in Fargo. He was a neat kid and grew to be a good man.

    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    We send our love and our sympathies.

    God bless you all.

    Stan and Marie Foss

  13. Moorhead MN
    Jody, Darlene & family…..
    When God calls our loved ones home, He leaves a gift of memories in exchange. May those memories carry you through these days and those to come.

  14. Champlin MN
    Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. Jim put up a long, hard fight. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
    Jana & Jerry Steffan

  15. Prior Lake MnSo sorry to hear of the loss of Jim. My families thoughts and prayers are with the Shear family.

  16. Moorhead MN
    Marlys, Rheanon, and family of Jim—
    As Chris put it the other day, Jim was a friend, a father, and an uncle to our children. We are so grateful for having had the opportunity to know and love Jim. Jim had a heart of gold and he will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we love you dearly.

    Chris, Trina, Mayah and Hannah Fear

  17. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It seems James led a full life and left a legacy of hope. My thoughts are with you.

  18. Mapleton ND
    I was saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. He fought long and hard with his cancer and it was great when he finally got back to the golf course. He was my friend and I will certainly miss this courageous man. My thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s family through this difficult time.
    Deb Brand

  19. West Des Moines IowaFrom the family of Todd and Carlene Olstad
    Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the family god bless love you all
    Todd & Carlene Trevor and Krista

  20. Grand Forks ND
    Jim stood up for me at my wedding 28 years ago and was a very good friend growing up. He will always be a part of my life and be missed very much. My deepest sympathy for you all.

  21. Dear Jody and Mrs. Shear, (and family),

    So sorry to hear of James’ passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  22. big lake mn sorry to hear about your loss, I thought of jim often over the years and the fight he up against. big jim always lived his life to the fullest.

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