In Loving Memory

James “Jim” McGregor

January 31, 1934 - November 9, 2021


James Harold McGregor (“Jim”) was born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, on January 31, 1934.   He was the youngest son of James Harold and Verna Merrium McGregor and was raised on the family farm on a cliff above Lake Erie near Port Stanley, Ontario.  His childhood was spent helping to care for the animals and learning skills that would serve him well throughout his life.

Growing up, Jim raced go-carts and other vehicles, including snowmobiles.  When he began racing top fuel dragsters in the 1960’s, he became a Canadian record holder and earned the title, “Fastest Man in Canada”.

Jim’s professional life in the automotive industry began at a young age with Clevite Industries in St. Thomas. In his many years with the company, he held various managerial positions in Ontario, Indiana, and Ohio.  He was also responsible for introducing and coordinating several provisional production lines in western Canada, Italy, and Japan. 

Jim was tech-savvy, mechanically inclined, a lover of animals and country music, an enthusiastic golfer for many years, and skippered a number of pleasure crafts during his life, the most recent being “So Far, So Good” docked on Mobile Bay, Alabama.

If it is true that “a wise man keeps his own counsel”, then Jim was the wisest of all.  His family and friends enjoyed his wry sense of humor and agree that Jim was, first and foremost, a gentleman.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Maryellen Needler McGregor; his son, Stephen (Christy); grandson, Liam, and granddaughter, Cameron, of Saline, Michigan.  Many surviving nieces and nephews hold “Uncle Jim” in high regard.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Alec and Donald, and his first wife, Patricia.

Condolences for the family may be offered at Hughes Funeral Home, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Connie Reas

    He was a great guy. I was blessed to have known him as a co-worker but more importantly as a great friend. Lots and lots of memories. Eh 🙂

  2. Cheri Mattox

    Maryellen I am so sorry for your loss. I know what you are going through right now. Good memories help. I pray you have friends to surround you with love and support. We’ve lost touch after you moved but I understand the pull from the beach. I’m in Orange Beach for winters! My prayers are with you! ❤️

  3. Ginny Stevens (Sparks)

    Dear Maryellen,
    When I read in Saturday’s Angola paper of Jim’s passing many memories of the time you lived here came flowing back. I lost track of you after your move from here years ago. I do hope these last many decades have treated you kindly, as you have deserved such. I remember you being such a kind, classy, and caring gal. May God touch you with His love.

  4. Joan Pyron

    I will always remember Jim sitting on the back of his boat, waiting for his MaryEllen to return from a daily walk. That was the first time we met, followed by a deep friendship of two couples that has left many sweet memories. Fred and Guy are both gone, but our friendship, MaryEllen, remains as two friends as close as two sisters. Jim was a remarkable man and will be remembered as such. I look forward to the times we will have together in the future, sharing memories of good times we had with our wonderful sailors. Gone, but certainly not forgotten.
    see you soon

  5. Claudia Jackson

    Maryellen, I am soooo sorry to hear about JIM. I can still see him patiently sitting on the back of the boat enjoying looking out over the water and waiting for you, Joan, and me to return from our adventures of shopping. He was such a sweet gentleman and will be missed by many. Sending hugs and prayers for God to surround you with HIS comfort and peace. Claudia Jackson.


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