CHESSWAS, James Arthur (Jim)

Peacefully at Broadview Rest Home on 6th June 2022, aged 90 years. Much loved husband for 60 years of the late Shirley. Dearly loved Dad of (the late) David, Penny and Chris, Jane and Neal, and Helen. Loving Grandad of Matthew, and Rachael; Corliss, and Kim; Emily, and Sarah; and Great Grandad of Rose, Finn, and Yuki.

Special thanks to the Broadview Community and Rest Home staff for their friendship and care of Dad.

In memory of Jim donations to Hospice Whanganui would be appreciated.

A service to celebrate Jim’s life will be held in Cleveland Chapel, 179 Ingestre Street, Wanganui on Tuesday 14th June 2022 at 1.30pm,and will be live-streamed at

Posted on

10 June 2022

Liz Anderson
I hold such happy memories of Jim when playing violin alongside him in the orchestra. He was an inspiration to continue to play his entire life. He was always so friendly and happy. Blessings. Thank you, Jim.
Tim Jones
As timpanist in the Manawatu Sinfonia, we were so lucky to have Jim in our orchestra - his endless good humour, enthusiasm and friendliness to me was always so appreciated, despite the raucous din I often created from the back! He leaves us with lovely memories and endless memorable musical moments - all my aroha to Jim’s family.
John and Fran Dryden
We pass on our sympathies to the Chesswas family
Ross McCulloch
Lovely Service!
Lynette Quinn
Thinking of you at this sad time. We enjoyed many years music making with Jim and Shirley - Manawatu Sinfonia
Lynette & Maurice Quinn
My deepest sympathy A lovely service of memories God Bless you all
John and Helen Goodare
Jim was a lovely man who cared deeply for his family, his farm, and his community. He was a welcome presence at any of the Brunswick gatherings. Jim will be long remembered
John and Fran Dryden
What a wonderful celebration of Jim's life and his musical talent he shared with so many.
We watched the service online looking across the valley to his Brunswick farm. We look out across the valley to the Chesswas farm with Ruapehu in the background.
Lois Embling née Chesswas
Thank for putting the service online. Our condolences to the family. As kids we loved going out to the farm with Mum and Dad. Always loved both Jim and Shirley with their violins and musical talent. Russell & Lois Embling née Chesswas.
Allan Rae
So sad to hear of Jim's passing I sat next to him in Sinfonia for many many years, as co-leader and later as leader.I was always amazed at how he maintained his dexterity! A wonderful enthusiastic and optimistic friend and fellow fiddler.
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