James Gregory (6 May 1936 - 23 Jan 2019)

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Location
Canley Crematorium - Cannon Hill Chapel Cannon Hill Road Coventry CV4 7DF
Date
18th Feb 2019
Time
12.45pm
Funeral Director
The Co-operative Funeralcare Kenilworth

In loving memory of James Gregory who sadly passed away on 23rd January 2019.

Jim was born in Coventry in 1936, the only child of Claude and Frances Gregory. He spent his early childhood during the war, and like many young boys he found it rather exciting. He also loved to spend time with his aunties, uncles, and cousins.

His interest in magic started around the age of nine, and aged just 16 he joined the Magic Circle. He went on to have a successful career working the club, corporate, and variety circuits as a comedy magician. And he continued to entertain people right up to his final days.

He met his wife Maureen at a dance the day after her 17th birthday. Whilst posted in Hong Kong as part of his National Service in the RAF, they wrote to each other every day. In 1961 they married and were together until sadly Maureen passed away in 2009.

They had two children, Julian and Jenny, and two granddaughters, Emma and Alice. And in November last year Jim was delighted to welcome a great granddaughter, Daisy, to the world.

Jim had a very wide circle of friends, including life-long friends that he met in the RAF. He touched many people’s lives, and will be much missed by all.

On 18th February we will be celebrating Jim’s life, and hope you can join us. If so, please click the ‘attend funeral’ button. We’d love also for you to add messages and photos.

Jim asked for donations in lieu of flowers to Myton Hospices. He had three separate stays at Myton in Warwick, and each time the care was wonderful.

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Jane Paul donated £20 in memory of James

In memory of Uncle Jim

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I first met Jim in 1951 when we both joined the Coventry Magic Circle. It turned out our style of magic was very similar and we enjoyed performing together over the years at numerous events.
I’ll certainly miss our friendship and the banter that we shared together.

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Nigel Sharpe wrote

I first met Jim in 1957 when I started work at the BTH in Coventry, Jim had just completed his National Service and took me under his wing showing the 'new boy' the ropes. Later I followed him to Massey Ferguson where again he broke me gently in. No one ever had a finer friend and although in later years we didn't meet up so often, I will always regard him as one of my best friends. A lovely man who will be sadly missed by many. RIP Jim

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Ruth Abigail donated £5 in memory of James

Jim and Maureen made we welcome in to their home from the very first day I made friends with Jen. Jim knew my voice when I phoned, and he always add a bit of extra magic when I came to visit. I give Thanks for your amazing daughter Jen. Love Me! X

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  • They loved you very much, almost as much as I do ❤️

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Lavina Hardwick wrote

Jim was my second cousin from the Ireland side of the family. We made contact through our interest in family history, and actually met up on a few occasions, the last time being about 3 years ago at Hambleton. A true gentleman it was a pleasure to have known Jim. My condolences to his family.

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verlie jacqueline davies wrote

Jim was a lovely gentle gentleman. We had many great Skyp's when we both could get the stupid thing to work. It was great being able to talk about people, places and other Magicians we both knew in the business. I shall miss you Jim, now I have lovely memories.You were a Magic man. Sleep well. Jackie x

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Jim and my husband's great uncle Louis Flynn on same bill.

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In memory of my cousin Jim Gregory - alovely man.

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aruna jennings wrote

Have happy childhood memories of visits to Jim and Maureen's over my school holidays-Maureen took Julian and I out on great trips, sometimes Jim came too. One day we all went to Weston-super-Mare together. Such a lovely sunny day. Jim was always cheerful and made it fun. I also remember him encouraging us as children to be creative, and play good snooker. He was a pro.

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Andy Kirk wrote

Always enjoyed being in Jim’s Company, talking magic and always had a laugh. He was a great guy and will be greatly missed. Thoughts to his family at this sad time.

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Jim enjoying magic talk at the Leamington Day of Magic.

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Ingrid Boonstoppel wrote

I will remember James as a man that always made you laugh. He always made me feel welcome in his home. He was interested in your life. I will cherish the magic stick that he gave me on my last visit. I will miss him deeply. I wish Jen, Julian and all other family and friends a lot of strength.

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Alexander Atkin wrote

This is a great man I met at Penny Brohn Cancer centre in Bristol and had the privilege of spending a few days in his company with his daughter. I have fond memories, especially of entertaining us at dinner with magic tricks.

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