It is with profound sadness the family announces the passing of Dr. James Stakiw on March 17, 2020.  He was the son of the late Walter and Nell Stakiw. Surviving him is his beloved wife, Diane; three children, Susan, Lesley and Jill; six grandchildren, Nicole, James, Parker, Lochlan, Peri and Blake; his brother Dr. Ken Stakiw (Elaine); and three nieces, Julie, Allison and Jennifer. One daughter predeceased him, our dearest Laura.

He received his DMD and PhD Degrees from the University of Manitoba and was a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. Although he spent his professional career maintaining a specialty practice as a Periodontist, he was often mistaken for a professional gardener as he transformed many yards into peaceful oases; he saw the potential in everything and everyone he met.

His commitment to the community in which he lived was evident by his time serving on the Boards of several organizations including the Saskatoon and Provincial St. John Ambulance, Provincial Canadian Forces Liaison Council, Canadian Corps of Commissionaires North Saskatchewan Division and the United Services Institute of Saskatoon. As an accomplished pianist, James was able to share his love of music during his time as a past President of Orchestra London.

Dr. Stakiw was a member of the teaching staff at both St. Joseph’s and University Hospitals in London, Ontario and also the President of the London and District Dental Society and an Executive Member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.  Upon returning to Saskatoon, he taught at the University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry and was Acting Dean of Dentistry from 2002 to 2006.

He was proud of his time serving as an Honourary Lieutenant Colonel for the 16 (Sask) Field Ambulance, Canadian Forces Health Services as well as a Dental Officer and a Logistics Officer in the CF Reserves with 22 (London) Service Battalion. To say he had an interest in the military and the welfare of the troops would be an understatement. He felt a connection and responsibility to remember and honour those who served in the military and passed along his knowledge and respect to everyone who knew him.

“The wonder of the world, the beauty and power, the shapes of things, their colours, lights and shades, these I saw Look ye also while life lasts.”

As per James’ wishes there will be a private family ceremony to honour his life.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Laura Stakiw Memorial Award in the School of Dentistry at Western University or online at  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Kam Sahota

    My condolences to your family. I have good memories of him during my time at Saskatoon. He will be missed.

  • Daniel Pesin

    Dr. Stakiw was one of the nicest professors I’ve had in dental school. He will be missed but not forgotten.

  • Volinder Dhesi

    One of the kindest men, and an exemplary individual. I’m honored to have been taught and have Dr Stakiw as my dean. He has left a legacy for hundreds to remember him by

  • Darcy Allen

    Dr. Stakiw was a professor and a colleague. I always appreciated his even temperament and candor. I remember when he was retiring from the College of Dentistry and I was given his Occlusion class to teach – he invited me into his office, pointed me to his bookshelf and told me to take what I needed. I am thankful for the time I got to share with him, and am sorry for the family’s loss.

  • Thelma Doppelhammer

    Dear Diane,I was so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences to you and to all your family. Thelma Harrison Doppelhammer

  • Brian Clark

    It is with deep regret that I learned this sad news. Jim was a friend, mentor and colleague who was very highly respected both professionally and personally. He will be deeply missed and my sincere condolences are offered to you, his family. As a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, Jim epitomized all that is good about our profession.

  • Mike and Bev Harper

    We are saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. We have fond memories of you both and have thought of you
    often over the years. Our deepest sympathies to you and the entire family.

  • Shannon Elliott

    My condolences to the family of Dr. Stakiw . I was the clerk at 16 Field Ambulance during his time as our Honourary Colonel. He will be fondly remembered.

  • John McPeck

    Dear Diane, Susan, Lesley and Jill,
    Our hearts and thoughts are with you all in sadness, as we learn of Jim’s passing. We cherish many fond and wonderful memories of family times with you all in London. Jim was a special gentleman and the world could use more like him. He was self-effacing and generous with his time and expertise. He was never too busy to rescue me from painful problems with my teeth! I am forever grateful to him for his kindness.
    We take comfort in that he lives on through all of you.
    With love and heartfelt thoughts,
    John and Jeanne

  • Melissa MacDonald

    I knew Dr Stakiw through 16 Fd Amb, he was a great man that was always concerned with the troops, he always had a kind word and always wanted to lend a hand. He will be missed. RIP Sir

  • Lesley Tyler

    I respected and appreciated Dr Stakiw from the first time I met him. He was our Hon Col for 16 Field Ambulance in the Army Reserves and with every encounter demonstrated how much he cared about us. Some of us were lucky enough to spend Remembrance Day gathered in his pool room/library/war museum sipping on scotch and quietly appreciating the heroes of the past. He was gracious, kind, humble and a person to model one’s self after. So very sad to hear that he has passed. Sincerest sympathy to his loved ones.

  • Sarah & Ryan Gallagher

    Dr. Stakiw taught us in dental school. His professionalism and service to his community were inspiring. We will most remember him for his wit and kindness. We offer our condolences to his family.

  • Judi and David Banting

    Diane and family:
    We are deeply saddened by Jim’s passing and extend our sincerest condolences to you all.
    We were privileged to have known you during your time in London and it was a pleasure to have had Jim as a colleague at UWO.

  • Paul Deyell

    I was saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. I knew him as a friend and a teacher and he was outstanding in both regards. He was a gentle soul in the kindest sense and I always thought that our world needed more people like Jim. May his memory and these many wonderful tributes to his character bring you some measure of peace.

  • Dr. Olaf Plotzke

    I was deeply saddened at the news of Jim’s passing. He was a true teacher with only the best in mind for his students.
    My sincerest condolences to Diane and the rest of his family. RIP Jim.

  • Paul Romanson

    Dear Diane, Susan, Lesley, Jill and family?
    Please accept our deepest sympathies for the untimely loss of Jim.
    He was a great friend and mentor to us professionally in the early years of our practice.
    Your are all well remembered by us as wonderful neighbours in London.
    We will hold you in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    Sincerely, Paul and Karen

  • Jesse Barker

    Dr Stakiw was such a graceful and welcoming man. He was also honest and frank in times when his dental students needed it most. His interest and passion for the military and his dedication to all serving members was encouraging and inspiring for me and many other young soldiers. Heartbreaking to hear the news. Rest in Peace Jim

  • Paul Jackson

    I was very sad to hear of Jim’s passing. My condolences to his family and friends. I worked with Jim for a couple of years when we worked together as Periodontists at St. Joesephs Hospital in London, ON. We shared many hours talking about the military. Truly an officer and a gentleman.

  • Sandra and David Wood

    Dear Diane and Family. We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We admired him as a dentist and father. Our deepest sympathies.

  • Harinder Sandhu

    My sincerest condolences to family. Jim and I worked at Western together. We published a paper together.

  • Kathe and Jack McLister

    The profession has lost one of our finest members. The world was a better place because of Jim and if each of us were a bit more like him it might be a better place yet

  • Lee Beam

    Diane and Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you

    Jim was a wonderful husband, father, friend, dentist and Canadian

    ~Lee & Elizabeth Beam

  • RosalynSmith

    Dearest Riane and family,
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
    We are deeply saddened by this news.
    I have thought of you often over the years…last saw you here in London in the late eighties.

  • Rosalyn Smith

    Dearest Diane and family
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
    We are deeply saddened to hear this news…
    I have thought of you often over the years..haven’t seen you since 1986 ☹️

  • Dr. Peter Fendrich

    This is very sad news. I have many and very fond memories of Jim. He was truly a class act who will be sorely missed. I will cherish his memory with great fondness and respect. My thoughts and prayers are with Dianne and your wonderful “girls “.

  • Sandra & Blake Nicolucci

    Diane & family
    We are so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a wonderful friend and we will all miss him so. We treasure the wonderful times we shared. Our condolences to all your family. Love, Blake & Sandra

  • Val Krpan

    Dear Diane, Susan, Lesley, Jill and families. Sorry to hear of Jim’s (Dad’s) passing . My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Many great memories . Take care.

  • Kabir Virdi

    Dr. Stakiw was the definition of a gentleman and an officer. He was my Dean in dental school. We shared the mutual bond of being in the armed forces. He was always well-spoken, articulate, intelligent and precise. A military man indeed. He was an influential figure in my career. My thoughts go out to his family.

  • Leventine Adams

    Jim and I were among the first wave of the Tarnowetzky grand children. I was the oldest so remember when Jim was born – very bonnie baby. So, it is with sadness that I send my condolences to Diane and their extended family. He certainly lived a full life.

  • Blake Mitchell

    Dr. Stakiw was a professor and faculty advisor of mine at the University of Saskatchewan. I respected his stoic personality and demeanor. A good man that I looked up during our brief time together. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Dean Kolbinson

    My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Stakiw. I worked closely with him at the University of Saskatchewan and was able to be in touch with him on occasion after his retirement. He was a valued colleague and friend and will truly be missed.

  • Roman Koutsil

    What a beautiful life he lived. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  • Vic Ukrainetz

    I am very sorry to hear of James passing and extend my condolences to the family.
    James and I were in the same grades and also took music in Foam Lake at the same time.
    I was always proud of his accomplishments and involvements in the community. He will
    missed and always be remembered as my hero.
    Our thoughts and Prayers are with you.
    God rest his soul.

  • Linda Davidson

    John and I were heartbroken to hear of Jim’s passing. He was such a “good guy”!! We fondly remember our time together with he and Diane as newly weds in Winnipeg. As the years past we stayed in touch and know his presence will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Rest In Peace Jim.

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