October 7, 1930 – June 5, 2018
Born October 7, 1930 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Passed away June 5, 2018 in Chilliwack, British Columbia at the age of 87.
Jim was predeceased by his wife Vivian (Leask), two infant sons, John Brian and Douglas Colin, and his sister Isabel (Goodbrandson).
He is survived by his 4 sons David (Jennifer), Bruce (Pamela), Ross and Scott (Brenda) as well as his extended family Lynn Nider and BillieGrace Bonney, his sister Betty Hepting of Unity, Saskatchewan. Jim also had 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Jim trained as a psychiatric nurse in Selkirk, Manitoba where he met and married Vivian Leask in 1952. He later joined the Canadian Armed Forces and was stationed in Germany from 1957 to 1960. The family returned to Manitoba after Jim’s tour of duty and remained there until relocating to the Fraser Valley in the summer of 1966. Jim worked in the Corrections System until his retirement.
Jim and Vivian opened their home and their hearts to fostering children in need for more than 30 years.
In his younger years Jim enjoyed fishing and camping. He also was an avid bowler and took great pleasure in golfing with his boys. He had a talent for finding lost balls in the tall grass. You could always count on Jim coming home with more golf balls than when he headed to the golf course.
Jim joined the Mt. Cheam Lion’s club in Chilliwack and spent many years deeply involved with the club, becoming president and district governor. Jim was also a big supporter of the White Cane club.
Jim will be missed by all who knew and loved him and he will be remembered always as the kind and gentle man he was.
Happy Trails Dad!
In lieu of flowers a donation to the Mt. Cheam Lions club would be appreciated.