August 23, 1922 – May 17, 2009
It is with the deepest sorrow that the family of Jim Bridgeman announce his passing after his battle with cancer.
Jim was born in Hamiota, Manitoba and as a young man came to the Kettle Valley with his brother Don. In 1940 they enlisted in the Army and served in Italy and Holland during WW II.
After returning to Manitoba, Jim met and married Dorothy Middleton. Four years later they moved to Codesa in northern Alberta where they farmed for 10 years.
Upon returning to Manitoba for a year, the family relocated to British Columbia where they settled in Vernon in 1961. In the years that followed he became a journeyman mechanic and ran his own auto repair business. Jim continued his passion for farming with a large garden and earned his bridge life masters. His life was home and family. Most important to his enjoyment of life were the comforts of home which, his wife, Dorothy tirelessly helped to provide. He had a kind sense of humour and was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and “the best husband a wife could ask for”. Jim was an exceptionally generous man.
Jim is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 63 years and their four children:
Daughter, Linda Trimble (Ron), of Vernon, B.C. with three children:
Patrica LePoidevin (Rhoel Gonzales) & their son Kyle;
Daniel LePoidevin, (Joan Flaspohler) & their daughter Sierra;
Samual LePoidevin, (Tisha) & their sons Kole and Anson;
Step-children, Laurie, Darren and Wade
Step-grandchildren, Brandi, Aaron, Amanda and Ashley
Son, Lewis Bridgeman (Annie) of Castlegar, B.C. with two children:
Christopher Bridgeman (Jessica) & their daughters Taylor and Jordan;
Step-sons, Joshua, Zacharay, and Timothy Reves
Daughter, Katherine Hocking (Murray) of Winfield, B.C. with three daughters:
Hannah Hocking (Grant Grady) & their son Alex:
Erin Toplis (Al) & their daughter Abby and son Mathew;
Carol Gillingham (Clint);
Son, Donald Bridgeman (Rita) of Vernon B.C. with three children:
David Bridgeman (Jen)
Jennifer Bridgeman (Colin).
Jim also has three surviving sisters; Joy Bomford of Vernon, B.C., Inez McKenzie of Portland, Oregon; and Olive Pelletier of Brandon, Manitoba, and three surviving brothers; Tom of Brandon, Manitoba, Jack of Barrhead, Alberta, and Maurice of Kamloops, B.C. He was predeceased by his parents Harry and Margery Bridgeman; as well as four brothers and three sisters.
Our family wishes to thank the VJH staff of 3 West and especially Dr. Murphy for his exceptional care.
There will be a family ceremony only on May 23. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, 250-542-4333. On-line memorial: www.mem.com