In Loving Memory


James Bryant Moergeli

Born in Detroit Michigan, USA

September 11, 1960

Died in Petrolia, Ontario

July 1, 2020

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Moergeli, James Bryant

On Wednesday July 1, 2020, at his residence, with his wife and cats by his side. James was the beloved husband of Diana for 14 years. Much loved son of Delbert and Joan Moergeli of Windsor, his sister Trish Riedel (Kyle) of Sevierville, Tennessee, Uncle of Ashley Davey of Gibraltar, Michigan, and her children Jada and Lucas, and his nephew Trent Riedel of Riverview, Michigan, and his Auntie Carol and Uncle Bill Johnson of Dexter Michigan. He will be fondly remembered by his brother in law Tom and Kathy Luedtke of Illinois, their children Jenny Busse (John) and their children Sam, Henry, and Oliver, and Jamie Reder (Mike) and their children Addison and Tycho, and his other brother-in-law David Luedtke, also of Illinois. James was a teacher with the Lambton-Kent School Board for 24 years and taught North Lambton Secondary School and Northern Collegiate Institute & Vocational School in Sarnia. James was an avid traveller, hiker and was a foodie. Cremation has taken place. Remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family online in “James Guestbook” at If desired donations to the Sarnia Humane Society would be appreciated.



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James was was an exceptional colegue To work with at North Lambton S.S. He enlivened the place and was an excellent and inspiring teacher. He had a important influence on both of my sons. Sam in great nine science and Max in biology. In fact Max went on to earn his PHd in cell biology at Magill in Montreal and is now a researcher at the University of Bern in Switzerland. For that alone I will forever hold his memory in the highest regard.

Eric Shafer

Di, my heart breaks for you. "Jimmy" was a wonderful man whose life on earth was much too short. You are in my thoughts.

Debi Donkers

Di, Mr. & Mrs. Moergeli, and Trish, I wish to offer my heartfelt condolences. I am truly going to miss Jim. Jim and I have been good friends since the first day of Grade 5 at Malden Central Public School in September 1970; it would have been 50 years this coming September. Being a new kid at school that year, Jim was the first person to introduce himself and then introduce me to the others in the school yard. He was such an outgoing person. He had a love of all things math and science. We shared a real interest in astronomy (remember the Moergregor Observatory?) and we even “taught” a few classes in Grade 7 science on the topic. I feel honoured to have had Jim as a close friend all of these years. We are all truly going to miss Jim.

Mike MacGregor

Although you don’t know me, Mr. Moergeli was my biology teacher in fall 2010 and spring 2011. He was an amazing teacher, my favourite teacher, who always made class both educational and fun. I enjoyed his grade 11 biology class so much that I even switched into his grade 12 biology class the next semester that same year to ensure he would be my teacher. A highlight was when he dressed up as a rapper and sang the “Cell Rap”, it was very funny and creative and the whole class enjoyed it very much. My best friend Amanda was in the class with me and I know she also enjoyed the class immensely. I just wanted to let you know that Mr. Moergeli inspired both of us to pursue a career in medicine. Before his classes we were both considering a career in chemical engineering like our parents, however after he made biology so interesting and fun that focus shifted. We are both currently at medical school at Western University, Amanda is interested in paediatrics and I am interested in Family Medicine. We were both very sad to hear of his passing and wanted to let you know his positive impact on our lives.

Siobhan Smith

I am deeply saddened by the news of Mr. Moergeli's passing. He was one of my all time favourite teachers, as I'm sure he was to many. His passion for teaching always shined through -- especially during his legendary 'cell rap'. He will be sincerely missed. My condolences to all.

Mandy Shipley

I was very lucky to have Mr. Moergeli as my biology teacher in both grade 11 and grade 12 at Northern. He was one of my favourite teachers, and his passion for the subject matter was truly infectious. I will always remember him bouncing across the front of the room as he taught a class, and drawing his flowcharts of various physiological pathways on the board (some of those flow charts I even still reference today in my studies!). I especially loved the care he put into creating test questions, trying to make them as applicable to real life as possible. It is largely because of his incredible teaching that I decided to pursue medicine (I am now in my third year of medical school at Western University), and I even featured one of his classes in my personal statement when I applied to medical school. I know he had an impact on many other students as well (including my best friend Siobhan, also now in Medicine at Western!), and he will be remembered fondly. I send my condolences to his family, friends and loved ones.

Amanda Stojcevski

Diana, I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. You both have been missed on our hikes. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Sharon

Sharon Cathcart

Although you do not know me, I knew Jim from General Amherst High School in Amherstburg and through my brother Mike who were both great friends all the way to the end. II always enjoyed Mike catching me up on Jim's activities and thinking how nice and even keeled a man he was as when I knew him in High School. He will be sorely missed but always remembered. May he rest in peace and family find solace in knowing him when he was in the prime of his life. Sincerely, Roger MacGregor

Roger MacGregor

We love you Jimmie B (The Canadian) we loved your laugh and sense of humor. You'll be greatly missed. Aunt Carol and Uncle Bill -- "Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.” —Robert Louis Stevenson

Carol and Bill Johnson

My family is heartbroken to hear we have lost a fantastic former neighbour and a talented colleague. Jim was an exemplary teacher- one the students always praised. He had an innate ability to always create a fun, engaging classroom and to reach all students. As a neighbour he was top-notch- my family thought the world of Uncle Jim. He was kind and took the time to talk to our kids despite balls constantly in his backyard, bikes driving across his lawn or being accidentally sprayed with the garden hose. He was a quiet man, but his infectious laugh always told you know when Uncle Jimmy was in his yard. RIP my friend. You will be missed!

Greg and Holly Sheeler

I am so sorry to learn of Jim's passing. I really enjoyed teaching with Jim at North Lambton S. S. He brought enthusiasm and humour to the classroom and the students really appreciated that. Fond memories of Jim include him carrying out MC duties at various student gatherings. I had the pleasure of meeting up with Jim on one of his many trips. He loved to travel and this time it found him out West. Our time together here was quite enjoyable. He worked hard and he certainly deserved many happy years of retirement. To be taken at this age is really tragic and my heart goes out to his wife. Diana, I am so sorry and I send you my condolences over the many miles. Rest in peace Jim.

Larry Hunt

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