With great sadness we announce the passing of Jim Lawrence, beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Leona, daughters; Ann (Don) Powell, and Lori, sons; Alex (Nadine Normanton), Jay (Pam McGrandle), grandchildren; Tricia (Toby), Alicia, Carley, Curtis, and Spencer, great grandson Justin, father Alex Lawrence, sister June (Colin) Tyrie, niece Alexis, nephew Roy along with his extended family, Marilyn (Kevin), and the Gabriels. He was predeceased by his mother Mary and his stepmother Ann. Jim was born on Sept. 20, 1934 in Clydebank, Scotland – a heritage of which he was always proud. As a child he survived WW II and the bombing along the Clyde. He served an apprenticeship at Singers and received his journeymans papers. Excused from the National Services, due to a mastoid infection, he came to Canada in 1956 to spend some time with relatives. Here he met Leona and they married on Sept. 20, 1957. Together they raised a family and made many good and close friends. Jim began working for the Corporation of Delta in 1958 as a building Dept. Clerk. He was an avid sports fan and co-founder of the Delta Juvenile Soccer Association, coaching from 1958-1974. When the family moved to Langley he coached the Fort Langley Wildcats and served on the Langley Minor Hockey Executive as well. He was a fan of the Hibs, Whitecaps, and Canucks. He was also “The Music” for many local dances, parties, and weddings. Jim contracted Hepatitis C from a blood transfusion in 1988. Because of his failing health, Jim retired in 1990 from the Corporation of Delta Engineering Dept., where he had worked for 32 years. He and Leona moved to the Cariboo. He loved the natural beauty of his home on the lake where he filled up his “non-sports” hours with woodworking for as long a he was able. When his health began to seriously fail he and Leona chose to “winter” closer to the hospital. Jim died on April 09, 2008 in the 100 Mile House Hospital after a series of strokes and the inevitable effects of Hepatitis C. The family sincerely thanks Dr. Blair Main and the amazing nurses at 100 Mile hospital for the tender care given to Jim over the years, especially in his last few weeks. Thank you to Gail for her special care in Jim’s last few hours. Jim was laid to rest in the 100 Mile cemetery on April 12, 2008 surrounded by his family. Donations in Jim’s memory can be made to Hepatitis C research.
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100 Mile Funeral Service Ltd. entrusted with the arrangements. 395-3243