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Jim Hume will no longer be posting to his blog. He died at 3AM on the morning of April 13, 2022 at the age of 98, after a brief illness.

He thanks his loyal readers for many decades of support. Comments are still welcome.


  1. Farewell friend and colleague – “30” it is then. Many a good chat over the years. Roger Stonebanks.


  2. Sorry to hear that Jim has passed ..Maybe he and Andy Stephen will have a wee drop of cheer in heaven.
    Remember Jim and Andy traded stories and the ‘bull’ in our house. Jim always gave me Tea Towels after
    a trip to England. I always loved his visits. Andy has been gone 11 years – I miss them both…Joan

  3. So sorry to have to say good bye. Your Dad was a wonderful and talented man. I was proud to call him a friend.

  4. What a great writer. I only wish that what he wrote on this blog over the past several years had been in print. Because it was very, very good. Damn. I truly looked forward to every post he wrote. He knew his days were numbered and carried on.

    1. I couldn’t agree more. While I was glad to be able to continue reading Jim’s wisdom, insights and recollections, I was sorry that more people couldn’t share them. He will be sorely missed.

  5. I’m so sorry to read that your Dad has died, Nic. I’ll miss his weekly insights into local and world affairs as will many of his readers.

  6. So very sorry to hear this news. Jim Hume was one of the last of the great Canadian newspaper journalists and columnists. He knew how to cover the story and write about it brilliantly. In his years writing primarily as a columnist he could be thought-provoking, amusing and always interesting.

    bbbb `

  7. My condolences to you Nic and the family. Jim was an inspiration to those of us getting older. It was wonderful that he retained is mental capacity for good journalism until near the end. I hope his journalist friends will write a comprehensive obituary going back to his experiences during WWII.

  8. In an age of preening, overpaid prima donnas in the media circus, Jim was the genuine article….an articulate wordsmith who earned respect from everybody he dealt with. He honed his stellar reputation by presenting the facts in print, however unpalatable they sometimes were, to a large and loyal core of dedicated readers. He retained his style and sagacity to the very end of a long and full life. R.I.P. mate, from a fellow ex-Pat.

  9. I shall miss your writings Jim… you were the best of us for so many years.
    Thanks Nic for curating the trove of journalistic treasures your Dad continued until the ripe old age of 98.
    Good on him and good on you for doing so.

  10. We have lost a voice of reason at a time when the need is great. I never met Mr Hume but I feel I have lost a friend.

  11. So very sorry to read about the loss of Jim. I have read his columns and blog for many years . My condolences to his sons.

  12. Condolences Nic on the passing of your wonderful father. He leaves a great void in the tradition of well written journalism. His mind was alert to the end. He was beloved by his readers who looked forward to his weekly posts. I trust you have archived his writing. Much of it is timeless. Thank you Jim. RIP. You will be greatly missed.

  13. My condolences to Jim Hume’s family. I very much enjoyed Jim’s writing and insightful comments on day-to-day life happening from around the world. I will miss his weekly columns.

  14. May he rest in peace; condolences especially to family. I’ve been informed by his insight and appreciated his writing since the mid 70s.

  15. RIP, Jim Hume. I have admired your thoughtful writing for a long time, your ability to hold those in power to account, your principled observations. You set a standard that deserves emulation.

  16. Nic
    I am saddened by the loss of your father. He was a true icon and provided wit and wisdom that will be truly missed. Thank you for all your efforts on his behalf over the years and especially for providing the forum to continue his efforts to inform all of us that knew him.

  17. Whenever I think of the wisdom of Jim Hume, I think of the poem “Touch Hands” by William Henry Harrison Murray that he often used to quote at Christmas time. Now he will be the one who won’t be at the “Christmas board” again, but he will be remembered by so many.

  18. A sad loss, offset perhaps by the fact that Jim lived a rich and full life and touched many others lives positively along the way. We met Jim and his loving partner Anne on a cruise some ten years ago and became almost instant friends. His ability to remember back and to express insightfully, right until his passing, was so impressive. He spoke very often, with pride, of his sons, and you will surely miss him, as will we. Sincere condolences to you all.

  19. I just watched Marshall at Wristwatch Revival repair Jim’s beautiful old Rotary wristwatch. It sounds like Mr. Hume was an extraordinary man right up to the end of his life. My condolences to his family.

    1. Jim used to come every Christmas for a wee drink of Scotch with Andy Stephen.
      Sad to say they are both gone. They both were nice men.

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