May 7, 1931 – May 18, 2020
It is with heavy hearts, that we announce the passing of James Smith, known to many as Jim.
Jim was born on May 7, 1931 in Vancouver and passed away on May 18, 2020 in Williams Lake. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Marie Smith and his children David Smith (Sonya), James Smith, Heather Carrier (Brett), and Jeff Sinclair (Cathy). Jim was a devoted papa to Ashley Merth (Danny) and Jaime Carrier, and Nicole Sinclair. Jim recently became a great papa to twin girls Sloan and Rowyn Merth.
In his twenties, Jim served as a member of the Seaforth Highlanders for many years. As well, Jim worked for West Steel Products from 1951-1965 out of the then industrial Granville Island. He went on to work for Wilkinson’s, a steel company, from 1965- 1970.
On Valentine’s Day 1960, Jim proposed to Marie Smith by hiding a ring in a box of chocolates and that November he married the love of his life. Together the two of them had three children while living in Vancouver, David and the twins James and Heather. Jim was the best dad and supportive of his children in anything they pursued. His family was always most important, Jim was a true family man, so proud of the life that he and Marie created together. Later in life, he could always be found holding Marie’s hand quietly in peace, she was his world until the day he passed.
Jim and Marie were convinced to move their family to the heart of the Cariboo, Williams Lake, in 1970 by Jim’s older brother and best friend Ray Woods. Ray had promised a job for Jim if they were to move and so Jim came north to work for School District 27 as a custodian.
Jim briefly worked at Gibraltar Mine before eventually settling in at P&T where he worked from 1973-1996. Jim dedicated 23 years of work at P&T and retired at 65. He was a hard worker with a strong work ethic and a friend to all he worked with.
Jim had no problem jumping into retirement. He soon became a full time papa. He was a loyal fan, attending as many sporting practices and games, performances, or school events as he could to watch his granddaughters. Jim and Marie purchased a motorhome and they liked to take their granddaughters on trips. Jim loved to fish and enjoyed time on the lake during his retirement. More so, special family time for Jim was spent over a game of cribbage.
Jim was well known within our community. He would walk the streets of the town and visited with many in the retail stores. He was known for his gentle demeanour, his thoughtful eyes, and warm expression. Jim was the epitome of kind.
At his request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC in Jim’s name can be made. A thank you to Dr. Neufeld for years of care and to the wonderful staff at the Seniors Village who cared for Jim in his later years.
We love you Papa Jim.
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