James DYBLE

June 11, 1910-May 18, 2003

Jim was born in Yorkshire, England and spent his young boyhood on the Yorkshire dales. The Dyble family moved to Chilliwack in 1921 where he, along with brothers, Robert, Wilfred, William and Tom settled and stayed. He passed away peacefully Sunday, May 18, 2003 at the age of 92.

Jim managed over 200 acres of hop growing in the Fraser Valley with the original 40 acre farm being on Vedder Rd. in Sardis. The farm called Kent Hop Gardens named for a variety of hop grown in Kent, England. Jim brought the industry from days of horse and plow and hand pickers to the modern equipment using mechanical picking machines. His green thumb also included his love for growing flowers. Having started out in the horse and buggy days he always had a passion for cars, and could recite his list of models he owned.

May 31, 1931 he married Kathleen Carey, daughter of Pat Carey, one of Chilliwack’s first constables. ‘Kay’ died in 1981 and he later married Cora Vyselaar of Sardis, and they enjoyed many wonderful trips together.

He was a member of the Carman United Church, IOOF Lodge, Rebeccah Lodge, and the Eastern Star and Masonic Lodge, all of the Chilliwack area.

Jim is survived by his wife Cora; sons, Allen (Nell) and Bill (Viola) of Rosedale; daughter Mary Ellen (James) Bannerman of Bellingham, WA.; daughter-in-law Joyce of Sardis, along with the Vyselaar family. He enjoyed his 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren in which he showed great pride. As a husband, ‘Dad’ and ‘Grampa’, he was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.

A son Christopher of Sardis, passed away in 2001.

His final two years were spent at Heritage Village in Sardis where he appreciated wonderful care given by the caring staff there. He enjoyed the musical activities and participated in the bell choir. The family wish to thank all those at the Heritage for their dedication in caring for our elderly citizens.

A memorial service to celebrate Jim’s life will be held on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 2 p.m. at the Carman United Church in Sardis with Rev. Michael Hare officiating and followed by a reception.

If family or friends so desire, donations to The Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.