Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
May 25, 2009
Trustee Urlacher served with kindness, integrity
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
EDMONTON — The Edmonton Catholic School Division has lost a true servant. Ward 2 trustee Jim Urlacher died May 16 after a brief battle with pneumonia. He was 73.
Urlacher served Edmonton Catholic for more than 44 years as teacher, principal and trustee.
“I think we are going to remember him as a very kind and gentle man with an abundance of integrity that always put the kids first,” said board chair Debbie Engel.
“I would say Jim was a man of great integrity and honesty and regardless of anybody’s rank he treated everybody the same. He was very true to the core values of the Edmonton Catholic School District, which are dignity, honesty and respect.”
BEGAN IN 1958
Urlacher began his career with Edmonton Catholic in 1958 as a teacher at Sacred Heart School. Over the next 35 years he served as an assistant vice-principal and principal at St. James, St. Vladimir, St. Martin, St. Maria Goretti and St. Timothy schools. He retired in 1993.
He was first elected as a school trustee in 1995 and served a three-year term. Urlacher returned to office in 2004 and was re-elected in 2007.
“Jim was a very wise man. He didn’t speak often but when he spoke people listened because what he said was very valuable,” Engel said.
“The board is extremely sad by the loss of Jim, not only because we know what a great person he was in his role as parishioner, father and grandfather but the instrumental role he played on the board.”
At the time of his death, Urlacher was serving on several board committees, including the Alberta Teachers’ Association negotiating committee.
“I think one of Jim’s main accomplishments was his wealth of experience,” added Engel.
“He realized how things have changed and that education has to be extremely progressive in order to prepare kids to adequately function in (today’s) world.”
A father of four adult children and a grandfather to his two grandkids, Urlacher loved to golf and curl and worked with the Knights of Columbus at St. Edmund’s Parish.
“Jim dedicated more than 44 years of service as both staff member and trustee,” noted superintendent Joan Carr. “Jim’s knowledge and understanding of both staff and district issues will be a great loss for Edmonton Catholic Schools.”
A funeral service for Urlacher was set for May 22 at St. Edmund’s Church.