October 10, 1922 to May 23, 2012
Jim passed away at Hardy View Lodge after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. Jim was born and raised at Vancouver, attended UBC, and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force to serve overseas during WWII as an aero engine mechanic. After the war, Jim became a dairy farmer in the Fraser Valley, a hay and beef cattle rancher in Ashcroft and also in Creston. Thirty years ago we purchased our ranch and home in Rock Creek.
Jim’s childhood dream of flying became a reality when he earned his pilot license and purchased his airplane (which he promptly named the “Happy Hooker”!). He delighted in flying his Cessna 210 to most anywhere in North America to visit family, friends, or just to fly.
Upon his request there will be no funeral. To celebrate Jim’s 89 years of many accomplishments, his wife, Ginger, and close family, Kurt Orsborn and Sharon, Russ Orsborn and Kim, and Nancy Petron, will host a celebration of life, open-house gathering for family and friends at his home on Sunday, July 1, 2012, from 1 p.m to 5 p.m.