Farewell to a Funky Legend

This week we take a moment to reflect on the loss of a great man and original Funkster Jim Fairlie

Many of you will remember him from the old store and some might know him from his days selling produce on the West Coast. He is often remembered for having a parrot named Jasper that sat on his shoulder while he worked.

Jim sadly passed away last week

We would like to pass on to Jim’s family that our thoughts are with them and that Jim is very fondly remembered and respected as a hard worker, an expert in his field and  as an integral part of the Funky Pumpkin.

As one of our staff put it “It is as if a great tree has fallen”

There have been many people who have shared some lovely memories of Jim.

Here are a just a few of the comments

“So sad to hear of his passing. He was an inspiration to shopkeepers everywhere. Always had time for a smile & chat, even told me his age a few years ago (before I moved to N.I.) and I was gobsmacked – he looked so much younger, well and fit. God Bless you sir. R.I.P.”

“So sorry to hear this. Jim really made the funky pumpkin visits for me and knew his stuff. Last time I saw Jim was just after the new shop opened and there he was talking up the produce as he always did so nicely. RIP Jim”

“He was awesome and had a great personality and sense of humour. One of a kind ⚘”

“He used to have a parrot on his shoulder often and always stopped to say hello and chat. Great person. Condolences to his family.

Personally I only knew Jim for a short time when Ryan and I took over ownership of the Funky but even then I could see how dedicated he was to this industry and how much knowledge he had acquired over the years. He visited the new store regularly for the first year and gave us many pearls of wisdom and encouragement. He has certainly set the bar when it comes to what it means to be a shopkeeper.

Rest in Peace Jim

We know you will keep the produce up in heaven well looked after.


10 responses to “Farewell to a Funky Legend

  1. So sad to see an icon pass. He certainly lightened the chore of shopping. His smile and chatty nature is missed. R.I.P.

  2. So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Sending love to Gwen and family. Jim and Gwen were our neighbours for many years and Jim’s smile in the picture on this page says it all. He spent many hours in his garden and shared his home grown vegetables. Loved all the chats.

    1. Jim was a true West Coaster and brought good old West Coast values to Christchurch where he touched may hearts with his cheerful nature. I remember fruit and vege shopping with my mother at Fairlies where Jim always had a kind word and his trusty parrot on his shoulder in Greymouth and catching rides to the coast on the Fairlies’ truck taking fruit and vege over to the coast. Thinking of all Jim’s family and friends.

  3. RememberingJim Fairlie from when he had the Coast shop, we lived at the Engineers Camp in the Lewis Pass and his truck stopped weekly and we all brought our fruit and veges from him great service for all of us in the camp,Arthur Foster drove the truck most of the time. Fo nd memores of Jim may he RIP. Deepest Sympathy to all the family

  4. Sorry to hear that Jim passed away.He was so friendly,( when I used to come to his earlier shop) and honest . He will say , when you ask him ‘are these mandarins sweet, I don’t like sour ones ‘ always he will say the truth. He will just stop everything to chat with anyone.
    God Bless you Jimmy

  5. Fare well Jim i hope your parrot doesn’t fret for you.Thanks for all the fruit & veges you have offered to the public for sale

  6. Thank you for Funky Pumpkin Jim. I didn’t know you, YET I definitely am a customer of your creation. Condolences to your family, friend’s, colleagues & customers near & far. R.I.P & ONCE AGAIN thank you x

  7. A lovely man Used to give me a free bag of apples to take up to Broken River Ski Clubs overseas staff when I did the clubs weekly order

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