Jimmy Coutts was a friend of my family’s for fifty years, and his passing is a terrible blow.  He was a deeply caring and generous friend, and a source of wise advice and good humour right to the end.  He loved his family and friends, he loved politics, the Liberal Party, his native province Alberta and his country.

There are countless people and organisations that have benefited from his counsel and his extraordinary generosity, and have enjoyed his good company and sense of fun.  He had many passions and interests,  from conservation to art to birding and history, but he will be remembered above all for his gift for friendship.