James Arthur Carnago

March 25, 1942 - December 11, 2021

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Service Details

Prayer Service:
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – 7:00pm
Holy Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church
Main Street, Englefeld, Saskatchewan

Funeral Mass: Livestreaming Available
Thursday, December 16, 2021 – 2:00pm
Holy Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church
Main Street, Englefeld, Saskatchewan

Thursday, December 16, 2021
Holy Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Cemetery
Englefeld, Saskatchewan

Memorial Donations:

*In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation:

Holy Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church
c/o PO Box 189
Watson, SK, S0K 4V0
Phone: 1-306-287-3260
Visit: Watson & Area Roman Catholic Parishes


Born on March 25, 1942, to his parents Archi Medi and Josephine (née Calcaterra) Carnago, Jim grew up and went to school in Herrin, Illinois. An avid baseball and basketball player in his high school years, he was awarded scholarships but did not pursue them. Instead, Jim enlisted in the US Air Force (1960), which led to his being stationed in Japan for three years. The US Air Force Base where Jim was, in Misawa, was located in the northern part of Honshu, Japan. His parents were not too happy about this decision, but it turned out for the best as his next posting was to Tampa, Florida. While there he met the love of his life, Lani Rae, in January of 1964, and from that moment, they were never far apart. Along with dating Lani Rae, Jim served this last year of his service at MacDill Air Force Base, a posting which spanned the time of the Cuban missile crisis. The couple were married in Englefeld, SK, where Lani Rae grew up, on October 31, 1964. But for their first two years of marriage, they moved back to Illinois where Jim worked with his Dad, at the Herrin Bakery. By 1966, Jim and Lani Rae relocated to Canada, and this led to Jim’s long career with Schulte Welding and Machinery, working for his father-in-law, John Schulte. Their family grew to include two sons, Dean, born on August 27, 1966, and Hal born two years later on September 26, 1968. Working and contributing to his family and community brought Jim fulfillment and purpose. Making his home in Englefeld, Jim also helped manage the town’s senior hockey team in the 70’s, was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, served as a councillor for the village for multiple years, and was elected Mayor from 1997-2003. During his time as Mayor, Jim helped to save many homes and businesses during a major flood where he advised cutting open the railway and highway to divert water from the community. For fun, Jim curled and played BS Poker with his Englefeld buddies at various rinks but we hear Muenster was the most fun. Over the years, there were plenty of trips back to the US with the family to visit relatives and friends. Jim was an avid goose and duck hunter with an incredible shot. He rarely missed and he let you know if he tagged the bird. A coffee with a sandwich, or a trip to the local restaurant for a big breakfast always followed the hunt, with plenty of chatter about the next outing and the day’s successes. He would fish everywhere he lived and visited, and he would let you know if he got one when he let out an “errr – got one” or sometimes he would give you the silent treatment, while sneaking one in when you had your back to him, and he would give a smile as he pulled the fish in the boat. Jim and his friends in Englefeld or Greenwater Lake always had a special place for him at the coffee table and at the Greenwater Beach Café he had a seat at the “Round Table.” Alongside his home and community life, Jim’s work with Schulte spanned four decades and his leadership was key to Schulte Industries becoming one of the first Saskatchewan manufacturing companies to start exporting products from Canada. He served as a director on the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership Board for multiple years, between 1992 and 2002, and again from 2005 to 2008. He developed relationships and pioneered new contacts with other countries throughout his career by attending countless trade shows, and making lifelong friends from countries such as Australia and Sweden in the process. By 1999, his hard work was rewarded as it helped Schulte Industries to win several export awards including: The Canadian Export Award for Canada, the Saskatchewan Trade Export Partnership Award, and the Western Region Export Award from Canadian Airlines. Beginning to prepare for his retirement years, he built a retirement home in Bonita Springs, Florida in 2001, as Jim and Lani had spent many winters enjoying the sun and building new friendships down south. In their marriage, Jim and Lani were the best of friends and enjoyed each other’s company and their lives together. If they were not side by side, it was only because Jim was away at a farm show or out fishing and hunting. As a final recognition of his dedication to the company and his efforts towards to furthering of the industry, in his last year before retirement, 2005, Schulte was recognized as the Saskatchewan Business of the Year, while Jim was president of the company. Jim retired from Schulte in January of 2006, and he enjoyed more time with his family and friends, fishing, hunting, and being away most winters. He will be dearly and lovingly missed by all. 

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