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November 7, 1935 - June 25, 2024

In Loving Memory ~

James (Jim) passed away on June 25th 2024 at The Campbell River Hospital, with his daughter, Catherine, Son, James and Granddaughter, Kelsey by his side. In the days leading up to his passing, he was surrounded by his loving family, as well as some of his Discovery Harbour family, filling his room with stories and laughter and many many tears.

Jim was born in Nanaimo BC, and then as a young man moved to work in the Pulp Mill in castlegar BC. He soon found his career as a pipefitter there and he followed that career up until his retirement.

Jim also found another love in Castlegar, his wife Margaret, they were married and had two children. They were married for 62 years and through out their life together they travelled all over the world, but the place they loved the most was Melaque, Mexico. Dad loved his second home in Melaque so much that up until the day he passed he was still planning his next trip! I'm sure if he has any say in it, heaven will be in Mexico!!

Then in 1964 dad applied at the pulp and paper mill in Campbell River and was hired as a pipefitter, so they packed up the family and we were off to make a ton of memories in Campbell River.

Dad joined the Kinsmen Club where they made a ton of family friends that they still cherished till this day. He also became a Shriner in his later years and was a part of the Masonic Lodge.

He loved fishing on weekend and after work, where his dog Toby and one of us kids would tag along. He was an avid moose hunter and I'm pretty sure the move to Mackenzie BC was not only due to the new Pulp Mill but more that he could moose hunt all the time, and he did, again with his reliable dog and one of us kids in tow.

Dad did however try some interesting jobs in between his pipefitting career. He was offered a job with" Can Ocean" as an underwater pipe-fitter in Brazil, and could not pass it up. So off he went to Brazil for a few years. He loved the work and the fellows he worked with! Margaret even got a few Brazilian vacations out of the deal.

Our parents both lived a good and interesting life, having many great travels and many great stories to share.

He also tried commercial fishing for a stretch but he always went back to the big wrenches. He moved around a lot to new start up pulp mills, shut downs and many maintenance shuts, taking him to Squamish, Powell River back up to Rupert and Gold River, where he was maintenance supervisor and was also the last place he work before he retired.

Where ever dad went he had a way of gathering lifelong friends, whom always stayed connected and care greatly for him.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, James and Eileen Dobinson, his sister, Doreen white, and his wife, Margaret Rose Dobinson.

Jim leaves behind his son, Jim Jr. (Jennifer), his daughter, Catherine (Michael), four treasured grandchildren, Lauren (Max),Cole (Amelia), Kelsey (Jay), and Jordyn(Keith), two great grandchildren, Brayden and Ellie, many nieces and nephews and some great friends.

The last few years of Jim life were spent at Discovery Harbour Care Centre.

The family would like to thank Dr. V. Veerapen, and the many doctors and nurses who cared for him up until the end. Lynsey in the ER who had known dad all her life and his palliative nurse on 3A, Joy, who has also known and loved my father her whole life, it was such a blessing having you ladies in dads final hours.

And of course we will never forget the love the care- aids, activity staff and nurses showed my father for almost 7 years at Discovery Harbour Care Home. They all called him poppa! The love and respect you all showed towards our dad did not go unnoticed, and we will be forever grateful to you all!

Jim (Dad, Poppa) will never be forgotten and will always be in our most blessed memories.

We will carry him in our hearts forever.

Go find mom, and be eternally happy, and we will all be together again one day. Love you Dad xo

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