Jim Differ  1956 – 2018

Today and for many years to come we will be remembering Jim Differ – husband, father, brother, uncle, son and friend–who passed on November 7 2018, at the age of 62, with family by his side.

Jim was loved and admired by many, and his loss will be deeply felt by the Thunder Bay community and beyond. Anyone who knew Jim couldn’t help but be drawn in by his kindness, positivity, humour, lively energy and, most of all, his passion for music.

A self-taught drummer since the age of 10, Jim began playing professionally in his hometown of Toronto at the age of 17. Early successful bands in Jim’s career included Lynx and PHD, and he continued to tour across North America alongside a variety of high calibre musicians in the years that followed. Since settling in Thunder Bay 20 years ago, Jim has made a huge impact on the Thunder Bay music scene.

Followers of local music may have seen him playing with performers such as Flamenco Caravan, The Chain, Rodney Brown, The Knackers, The Matt Sellick Trio, 21 Gun Fun, Ti Amo and so many other ensembles of musicians of every genre, from country to classical.  In more recent years, Jim developed a deep interest in jazz, and explored this genre with bands such as Mood Indigo, Sharp Nine and the Danny Johnson Trio. In his younger years, Jim often played alongside his brother John Differ and later contributed to John’s three children’s albums, one of which was nominated for a JUNO award in 2005.

Aside from his musical career, Jim was widely known as the Service Manager at Marostica Subaru. He will be greatly missed by his Subaru family and those he always went above and beyond to take care of and help. Due to Jim’s humble nature, he often did not realize the positive effect he had on others and how he served as an inspiration and mentor to so many people, young and old, throughout his life. His impact was immeasurable.


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