James Arthur Burnard
James Arthur Burnard was born Dec. 11, 1928 to Constance and Percy Burnard of Edmonton, Alberta. In 1932 the family moved to Vancouver/Burnaby where Jim participated in boxing, rugby and distance running, coming 2nd in the Seattle marathon (an accomplishment he neglected to mention to his family until 2010). Jim discovered his love of the outdoors early on – an enjoyment that continued throughout his life. While picking fruit in the Okanagan Jim met his wife and lifelong partner, Winnifred Joan Marshall. He attended UBC before accepting a job with Crown Zellerbach Ltd. in Ocean Falls. Never one to let a little rain dampen his spirits, Jim spent many happy years in Ocean Falls. In addition to making paper for CZ, Jim (assisted by Joan) produced 3 daughters. The young family spent blissful summers exploring the central coast aboard the Bonny-Ann. In 1966 Jim transferred to Campbell River and worked as a foreman on the Elk Falls paper machines until he retired in 1986. Retirement brought much travel. Introduced to the finer points of Tyee fishing by his good friend Norm Lee, Jim became a regular on the Tyee Pool, his wife Joan his most faithful rod partner. Jim was an avid reader, a lover of jazz, and a staunch environmentalist. Jim passed away March 17, 2011. He is survived by his wife Joan, 3 daughters: Linda Hogarth (Chris), Jennifer Houg (Gary) and Patricia Langdon (Tom), 2 sisters: Joan Hodgkinson and Gwen Duffy, and 6 grandchildren: Ryan, David, Derek, Carly, Keith, and Robert.
A open-house gathering will be held at Passages Resort on Saratoga Beach (8914 Clarkson Drive) Sunday, March 27 from 1 to 3. Please join family and friends to share stories and memories of Jim.