It is with deep sadness Jim’s family announces that he passed away peacefully in his sleep on Dec 8, 2014 at 85 yrs of age. Left to mourn are his loving wife of 62 years, Mary, daughter Gwen (David), son Len (Robyn), son Allan, brothers William, Alvin & Gordon (Cecile), grandchildren Adrian, Ashley, Alexandria, Aaron & Jace, great-grandchildren Madeline and Hanna and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim was predeceased by his parents Samuel & Christina, his sister Betty and brother Robert (Bob) all of Manitoba, brother Samuel (Sam) of Vancouver, BC, and granddaughter Andrea of Kamloops, BC
Jim was born March 29, 1929 in New Westminster, BC. His family returned to the Shell River Valley near the Asessippi Valley in rural Manitoba that same year, where he grew up with his 6 siblings. At the young age of 19, Jim ventured out on his own, by train, to Vancouver, BC. After working in various logging camps for a few years, he met his bride-to-be and lifelong companion, Mary. They returned to Russell, Manitoba to be married. After a short stint of working for Globelite Batteries in Winnipeg, he was transferred to Edmonton briefly before moving his new family to Vancouver, BC. In Vancouver, Jim held several jobs over the years, beginning with operating tugboats on the Fraser River. This led him to work on The Camosun, a small ship that delivered food & supplies to many BC coastal towns and villages. He then joined Creamland Dairies, which later became Jersey Farms and later Silverwood Dairies, as a wholesale milkman delivering to various stores and businesses throughout the Lower Mainland. Jim worked as a driver for 23 years until 1977 when he and Mary moved to 100 Mile House, BC to own and operate Cariboo Vendors, a juke box, vending machine and pool table maintenance business. As well, Jim and Mary opened a gaming arcade, much to the delight of the youth of 100 Mile House. After a few years, they moved the arcade business to Williams Lake where they were highly welcomed by the community. After 18 years of operating their vending machine business and successful arcades, they finally retired, to Forest Grove, BC in 1995. Declining health brought Jim and Mary to Kamloops where they lived for the past 8 years. Jim spent the last year and a half in a Seniors’ Care Facility, where his health continued to deteriorate until his passing.
Jim will be remembered by all for his kind and gentle nature, his generosity and his wonderful sense of humour.
A celebration of Jim’s Life will be held in the Spring of 2015, in Kamloops, BC. Date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of BC (Kamloops 250-377-8200), in Jim’s memory.