James George DONALDSON

(Jim)

(May 1, 1956 – May 2, 2009)

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Jim Donaldson. He subsided to his courageous two-year battle with brain cancer at home, one day after his 53rd birthday, surrounded by family and friends.

Jim was born in Kamloops, BC and moved to Cultus Lake, BC when he was eight years old, where he went to Cultus Lake Elementary School, and met many of his close lifetime friends. He graduated from Sardis Secondary school in 1974. It was a few short years later he started working for DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) where he would work for the next 30 years of his life. He also met the love of his life, Lori, who he would marry and spend the next 32 years with.

 Jim’s life will be remembered with affection, admiration and wonderful memories by his devoted wife Lori; sons: Brandon (Shannon), and Jake; grandsons: Kian, and Kieffer; sister, Sandra Bolko; nephews: Jay, Shaun and Darren; sister-in-law, Robyn (Robert) and nephew Matt. He also leaves to morn special friends Dennis, Linda and family; Ken, Ginette and family; Natalie, and his constant companion Zoie, who mourns him deeply. Jim also had an extraordinary amount of people who cared about him. He was a great husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, and friend.

 Jim had a tremendous amount of whit and a sense of humor that was second to none. He never backed away from hard work; especially on his beloved hobby farm with is wife and sons at his side. Some of Jim’s many joys in life were his family and he was never so proud as when a daughter-in-law and later two grandsons where added to his life.

Jim’s other passions included camping, fishing, hockey, his cows, and happy hour with friends.

 A celebration of live will be held on Monday May 18, 2009 at 1:00 pm at Chilliwack Golf and Country club.  In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations in Jim’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society, Relay for Life, which takes place at the end of May. 

You can make online donations easily through the Relay for Life website, click on Chilliwack, and then click on “Team Migrators”.