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James Shorty Irvine Malacko

May 27, 1930 - December 25, 2016


James Irvine Malacko

May 27, 1930 – Dec 25, 2016

It is with utmost sadness that we announce the passing of Jim “Shorty” Malacko. Our dear husband and Papa left peacefully at Nelson KLDH on Dec. 25th 2016, surrounded by his loving family.  Jim was born May 27th, 1930 and grew up in Lethbridge Alberta.  It was there that he started his long and successful hockey career that enabled him to see the world and eventually settle and raise a family in one of the most beautiful places on earth. 

Jim was 21 when he played for the Lethbridge Maple Leafs which won the gold medal at the World Amateur Hockey Championships in Paris, France in 1951.  The Leafs went on that year to win gold at the Sir Winston Churchill Cup Competition, in London, England. During their European tour, the team played 62 games and won 51.  Jim finished that year by staying in England and playing for the Harringay Racers and then moved to Germany for the ’52 season where he served as coach for the German Olympic Hockey Program.  He returned to Lethbridge in 1953 to marry Maxine Morgan and soon after moved his new bride to Nelson.  It was here that he continued his hockey career, playing for the Nelson Maple Leafs from 1954-1966. Noted as a small speedy defenseman, he soon became known in Nelson as “Shorty”, a name which stuck with him for the rest of his life.  Shorty played for the Leafs during their glorious season as 1965 Allan Cup finalists, playing off in the final game in Sherbrooke, Quebec.   His love for hockey never died and even when his playing days slowed down, he served as Manager and Coach for the Nelson Maple Leafs.  He was a big supporter of Minor Hockey in Nelson and never missed a Hockey Night in Canada on TV !

It was here in Nelson that Shorty also embraced the beauty of the Kootenays and became an avid hunter and fisherman.  After over 30 years working with the City of Nelson, he took early retirement in 1989 to enjoy all that the area had to offer.   Nelson was very kind to him; he loved this city and was so thankful for his many wonderful friends and co-workers.

Shorty is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Maxine; his daughters Ali (Phil Wallace), Toni (Doug Knight), and Jacquie (Tony Arcuri); and his 4 grandchildren Lisa, Taylor, Kelvin, and Rohan.  He also has 2 surviving sisters and 1 brother, and was predeceased by 1 sister and 3 brothers.   

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.  Thank-you to the outstanding nurses and doctors at KLDH for their grace in their care and support of our dear Papa.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Nelson Minor Hockey.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Stan Brost
Relation: Neighbour on 10th street

Sad to hear of Shorty’s passing. He was a great neighbour. He always made me feel lazy by seeing how he worked in the yard….or feeling tired trying to keep up with him!.
A very nice, friendly and considerate man. Our condolences to the family.

From: M Joey Gatchell
Relation: friend and co-worker at City Garage

Maxine & family, I am so sorry to hear of Shorty’s passing. I remember him well from our City Garage days….always a smile on his face when he came into my office.
Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

From: Lori Strom
Relation: Friends of their Daughters'

My heart aches for Maxine and the entire Malacko family. I hope all the wonderful memories you have will help ease some of the pain. Through my ex-Husband, years of friendship with his Daughters Toni & Jacquie, and from living up the block from them, I had several opportunities to visit the Malacko’s home in Fairview. I remember how beautiful he kept their yard and also the unique relationship he had with Morgan (the cat that was actually Toni’s) He fed that cat so much canned salmon that there was no doubt where that cat’s loyalties lied. It ignored everybody else in the room when Shorty was around. I hope you are resting in
peace Shorty.

From: Cathy Milne Niminiken
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Jacquie and Family I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad and Husband Hugs to you all.

From: Jeannine Koehle
Relation: Friend of the family

Maxine and family so sorry to hear of. Shorty’s passing. He will be missed by all. I a sure he is talking about hockey with Gerry up above. Love to all your family at his sad time. Jeannine

From: Lawrence Kosiancic
Relation: Coworker (City Of Nelson)

Very sorry to hear of Shorty’s Passing he was a good friend I worked with him at the City of Nelson shop for eighteen years, He was always very proud of his three daughters

From: James Sinclair
Relation: Friend & Fan

To the Malacko Family – I am so honored to have met and spent some time with Shorty the past dozen years or so. Loved hearing all the old Hockey stories. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to the Malacko Family.

From: Caroline O'neill
Relation: Friend of daughter

I have only known “Shorty” for the past 6 years…he always brought a smile to my face..he will be missed by so many. My deepest condolences to his wife and Family~

From: Elaine Procter Williams
Relation: Neighbour

I’m sorry to hear of Shorty’s passing. I have many fond memories of my times at Shorty & Maxine’s place. They were so patient with us kids, Wonderful neighbours.

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Date & Time:
April 1, 2017
Beginning at 5:30am

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