James Ray DENHAM

James Ray DENHAM

It is with sadness we announce the passing of our Dad, James Ray on July 20, 2017, at Sunridge Place, Duncan. Predeceased by his wife Margaret Joan (1996) and daughter Barbara J. Crabbe (2009). Survived by his children, Gloria Manzano of Saturna Island and Kenneth E. Denham (MaryAnn) of Chemainus, grandchildren Leah, Trevor (Rosanna), Carlos, Michelle, Troy, Shauna (Clay), Cara (Stan), 9 great-grandchildren and 1 greatgreat grandchild. Jim is also survived by his brother Daryl (Adrienne), niece Dianne and many cousins. Jim was born July 12, 1929 to Kenneth Denham and Edna Priest in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba and later moved to Vancouver BC in 1939 when he was 10 years old. In 1942, when he was only 13 years old, he applied to work and got a position as “Seaman” with the Merchant Navy. Jim initially sailed up and down the west coast of BC on 4 different merchant ships named Prince Rupert, Cassiar, Weston Park and finally The HMCS/S.S. Dorval Park (DEMS). During Jim’s time on the S.S. Dorval, they sailed from Vancouver to Europe stopping at many different countries giving supplies. During this trip the S.S. Dorval Park sailed to Tientsin, China, where they stayed for 9 months for safety reasons. Jim made it home and discharged late fall of 1946, married his girlfriend Margaret J. Ralph and proceeded to have the lovely family stated above. Later, Jim moved to Vancouver Island, where he worked for the Bamberton Cement Co. until he retired, enjoying his hobby farm in Mill Bay, was a member of the Cobble Hill Legion, and a member of the Grand Lodge of Freemason’s Malahat Lodge for 60 years. We would like to thank everyone involved with Jim’s care over the years. An extra special thank you to all the staff at Sunridge Place, especially English Rose House where Jim received such care and attention during his stay. No service. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Alzheimer Society of BC is appreciated. FIRST MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICES Duncan B.C. 250-748-2134 Condolences may be shared online at www.firstmemorialfuneral.com


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