1925 – 2015
Dad, better known as Jim, passed peacefully in the compassionate care of Hospice House April 24 just a few months short of his 90th birthday. The fifth of seven children, he was born in Whonnock, BC and spent his early years there on his family’s berry farm. As in any long, well-lived life he had his share of good times and hard times.
During the war years Dad’s family was forced to leave their coastal home and were sent to southern Alberta where they worked the sugar beet fields. After the war, Dad lived briefly in Ontario and then returned to Alberta where he met and married a wild, red-haired girl named Joy. He worked as a mechanic, did long-distance hauling and eventually acquired his own truck.
In the sixties he moved his family to the Okanagan Valley, a place he’d always wanted to live. He continued as a mechanic, often working away from home in logging camps, and qualified as a heavy duty mechanic. This led the way to a job with Consumers Glass where he worked in fork lift maintenance until he retired. Dad lost our mother in 1982 and a few years later sold the small Bella Vista acreage where we kids had grown up. He bought a condo, took up golf and was a regular at Hillview, often playing twice a day, and began to travel, visiting China, South America, the Arctic, the Panama Canal, anywhere his fancy took him.
Our family thanks Dr. Long and his staff, the nurses and support workers at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, and everyone at Hospice House for their wonderful care of Dad. A special note of appreciation also goes out to the staff and residents at Canterbury Court where dad was so content in his final years.
Dad requested no service but, if you so wish, a donation in his memory to the North Okanagan Hospice Society would be appreciated. Or just pull on your cowboy boots and head out to an auction or a garage sale. Dad would get a kick out of that.