Jim passed peacefully in his sleep on March 24, 2015 at the age of 81. A kind, honest and gentle soul has gone to rest. Struggles were many in Jim’s life but he was a survivor, carrying on and enjoying his time. Now he’s left us to join the love of his life, his wife Marie, as well as two step daughters, Denise and Wendy, brother in-law Ronnie, nephew Steve, and several beloved dogs. He is survived by his brother Dennis (Diana), sister Alma, step sons, Fred (Lynda) and Brian (Michele), sister in-law Marjorie (George), brother in-law Jack (Judy), numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. In earlier times, Jim loved to explore the world. He moved from Salford in Lancashire, England to Canada in 1972. While enjoying his life here, he never forgot or lost his English traits. He enjoyed exploring his English, Welsh and Irish ancestry with his wife and helped with recording projects in the BC Genealogical Society while he was still able. He loved living with his wife ‘on the farm’, where he enjoyed the wildlife, and farm animals, and many flower gardens planted by Marie. As a younger man, Jim was a journeyman painter and member in the Brotherhood of Painters lcl 138. In later years, he was a long standing member of the ‘Cameo’ social group at RMSS, where he found many good friends and thoroughly enjoyed weekly visits. He found many good friends there and mourned the passing of many before him. HUGE thanks to WCB, Dr. Temple, Dr. Neufeld and Access Health – Gail, Adrianne and so many other dedicated care givers who helped Jim through the last decade, thank you for your kindness, patience and caring. Though his injuries were a long time ago, Jim also had a huge gratitude for G. F. Strong and the VGH Burn Unit for helping him survive. A Memorial Service will be held from 12-4pm on May 16th, 2015 at the Ridge Meadows Senior’s Society, 12150 224th Street, Maple Ridge.
Please don’t send flowers, Jim thought they looked better in the garden, spoil a dog instead!