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James (Jimmy) Arthur Ordge
December 6, 1935 - July 1, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">Ordge, James (Jimmy) Arthur<br><br>On July 1, 2016, Mr. James (Jimmy) Arthur Ordge of Edmonton, Alberta, formerly of Donalda, Alberta, passed away of Cancer at the age of 80 years.<br><br>Jimmy was a staple of the Alberta country music scene since the early 1950’s and by the late 1960’s was achieving national success with hits such as “Irena Cheyanne”, ”Herschel’s Hemi Half-ton”, and “The Ballad of Muk-Tuk Annie”. In 1967 and 1968 he received the Moffat Broadcasting Award for ‘Best Canadian folk or country record of the year’, and received Juno nominations in 1976, 78, and 79 for ‘Best country male vocalist’. Throughout his life, he toured extensively throughout Canada and the US, playing such distinguished venues as the Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville and the Palomino Club in Los Angeles, and continued playing shows in Alberta up into his late 70’s.<br><br>Jimmy is survived by his nephews Scott and Vincent Miller, niece Spring Alexiou (all formerly of Edmonton), nephew Albert Ordge of British Columbia, nieces Carolyn, Gloria, and Alexia Ordge and nephew Steven Ordge, all of Nova Scotia, as well as by the many good friends he has made after almost seven decades of working, playing and singing in the Alberta country music scene. <br><br>He was predeceased by his father and mother, John and Annie, brothers Alec, Pat, John, Bill, and sisters Lillian and Margaret.<br><br>In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canadian Cancer Society.<br></div>