We are writing with sad news today. Jim Munro, founder of Munro’s Books, and forever in our hearts as our “Fearless Leader”, passed away suddenly yesterday. He was at home, in his favourite chair, with his daughter Sheila and wife Carole by his side. He had retired from the bookstore in 2014, after turning the business over to four long term staff members, but he still loved to keep in touch, and earlier in the day had made it downtown for his regular lunch date with Doug Koch, an employee and friend for many years.
Our thoughts are with the entire Munro family at this time. Jim touched many people during his long life, and his passions were many: art, music, politics, civic life, heritage architecture, and most of all, his beloved bookstore. Throughout his career, Jim delighted in discovering new books and promising writers. His importance in the world of books and literary culture was recognized with an appointment to the Order of Canada in 2014. His enthusiasm and generous spirit were the hallmarks of the business he lovingly built and tended for more than fifty years. He will be greatly missed.
A book of condolences for his family is at Munro's Books. You are invited to stop in and share a memory of Jim.
Jessica Walker, Ian Cochran, Sarah Frye, Carol Mentha
Photo of Jim by Jeffrey Bosdet
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