December 15, 1953 – November 9, 2018
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of James Westwick of Miocene. Jim passed away November 9, at Vancouver General Hospital.
Jim was born December 15, 1953 at Dugan Lake, to Fred and Sheila Westwick (nee Fox). Jim is a grandson to Louis and Myra Westwick, a pioneer ranching Family who came to the Cariboo in the early 1900’s. At the age of one, the family moved to Bunting Lake, where he spent his entire life. He became proficient in just about everything; mechanic, equipment operator, sawyer, faller, truck drive and a rancher. There was nothing Jim could not fix or learn how to make. One aspect of ranching he did not like was horseback riding! Once he got his first bike, then better yet a motor bike, that was it, no more horses. He was an excellent horseman, he just preferred anything with a motor.
Jim’s life changed when he met his wife Amber Nehring and then his daughter Antonia Lynn Westwick was born in 2003. Jim took great pride in teaching Antonia to be a rancher, livestock handling, running all the different equipment, helping her become an excellent horsewoman.
Community has always been very important to Jim and his family, always ready to drop everything and help someone in need. Fred and Jim along with others in the community were instrumental in getting the Miocene Hall built. Jim will be missed dearly by his family, his friends and the community of Miocene.
Jim was predeceased by his father Fred in 1990, and his mother Sheila in 2015.
Jim is survived by his wife Amber, their daughter Antonia, as well as many Westwick cousins and two aunts in the area. He is also survived by his Fox family of England. There will be a Memorial for Jim November 17 at 3:00 pm at the Miocene Community Hall. There will be a tea to follow in the hall. As Jim was always the last to leave any Memorial as he was busy talking, everyone is invited to stay and visit as long as you like.