July 23, 1940 – January 17, 2019
Jim passed away peacefully at the age of 78.
Predeceased by his loving wife, Diana, Jim will be sadly missed by his daughter Sheelagh (Ken), son Douglas (Kathleen), and grandchildren Jacob and Jordyn.
Jim grew up in Victoria with a love of travel which started his early life adventures of exploring Europe on a BMW motorcycle after completing high school. He came home to begin his career, but he first met the love of his life on a blind date whom he was ecstatic to marry on August 22, 1964.
In 1972, Jim and Diana started a new adventure in the small mill town of Mackenzie where they raised their family and met many lifelong, treasured friends. Jim often would reminisce with his lifelong best friend, Bruce Dodds, about the memories of fishing and hunting and all the wonderful times they had working together in Mackenzie.
In 1989, Jim and Diana returned to the Cowichan Valley where he worked as a Production Shift Superintendent at Crofton before retiring a few years later to a life of traveling, boating, and gardening. Jim spent much of his time tending to his beautiful flowers and volunteering with the Anglican Church.
In recent years, Jim’s journey lead him on a new path, learning to live with Alzheimer’s and finding new friends along the way with the Minds in Motion family. He enjoyed his family and his passions as much as possible and lived his life his way – with dignity and without regret. Jim’s humour, chivalry, and warm hugs will be dearly missed by all who knew him. A final release from a long battle, he is at peace.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Sunridge Place Residential Care facility where Jim spent his final days with amazing people and wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Alzheimer’s Society and BC Cancer Society.