James Edward Steven

Sep 17, 1925 – Feb 27, 2018
James (Jim) Steven has gone to be with his Lord and Saviour in Heaven. He passed away in Vernon on February 27, 2018 at the age of 92, after having a stroke.

Jim was the beloved husband of Dene Steven who preceded him to glory on January 6, 2012 after 60 years of marriage. Jim was a wonderful father and friend to his four children: Douglas Steven (Cindy), Debbie Skinner, Rik Steven (Ralph Besser), and Janette Barnard (Dean).

Jim leaves behind five grandchildren: Shelby Philpotts (Dan), Courtenay Kasper (Morgan), Tyrel Skinner (Pamela), Roxanne Holstein (Kyle), and Mathew Barnard and eight great grandchildren: Emily, Avery, Faith and Jayden Kasper, Rowan and Wentworth Philpotts, and Hannah and Steven Skinner. Jim will be dearly missed by his entire family.

Jim was born in Vancouver, B.C. on September 17, 1925, the only child of James H.A. Steven (Killin, Scotland) and Gertrude A.E. Dougherty (Cache Creek, B.C.). Jim’s father was a civil engineer and travelled a lot, so before the age of 20, Jim had lived in Vancouver, Clinton, Merritt, Yale, Boston Bar, Lillooet, Kamloops, Blue River, Canim Lake, Chase, Monte Creek, and Grey Creek.

At 18 years of age, Jim was conscripted to join the navy and for the next two years served on nine different H.M.C.S. ships. Throughout the years, Jim had often worked for his father on various survey crews, so it was an easy transition for him to work for the Department of Highways.

Jim met the love of his life, Donnalene (Dene) Sackett, at Qualicum Beach and married her on September 5, 1951. The couple moved around the province while they raised their family following Jim’s transfers with the Department of Highways. Jim’s last assignment before retirement was District Highways Manager in Vernon, B.C.

Jim and Dene were very involved in Christian ministry and service for over 50 years. Jim was well known for his crazy sense of humor, silly antics and songs, and great adventures.

A Celebration of Life will happen in the summer of 2018 on the family property at Loon Lake.

We will do our best to let friends know the date for this “day of storytelling and laughter at the lake’. 

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