February 9, 1934 – May 27, 2019
Jim Reed died rather suddenly on May 27, 2019 at the age of 85. His life took him from Seaham Harbour, England, where he lived through the war, to Ocean Falls, Campbell River, and Richmond, BC. For the last three years he lived in Campbell River at Berwick by the Sea and Discovery Harbour/New Horizons where he experienced the challenges of increasing dementia.
Jim worked for Crown Zellerbach at Ocean Falls in the pipe shop, and then in the Industrial Relations department. He was transferred to Elk Falls in 1966 and then to Richmond in 1969, where he was a production manager. He was a proud and loyal employee of the company and sought to create a safe and respectful work environment for everyone.
Jim had many loves but his family was the centre of his world. While he couldn’t always be near them, he travelled to see them, wrote lovely birthday cards and Christmas letters, and was a solid family foundation in difficult times. Jim was a kind man who always wanted to make people laugh and smile so they would have a good day.
Jim was a keen athlete and coach, participating in basketball, soccer, and swimming in Ocean Falls, and taking up running in later life. He and Louise participated in 10k runs all over the world. He also loved to dance, especially jive dance. For years he visited dance clubs, and even while living at Berwick and Discovery Harbour he would dance when the opportunity arose. Being a responsible and fair man, he took on several executive roles in his condo association over many years.
Jim is survived by his wife, Louise; his two sons, Kevin (Lisa) and Scott (May-Sim); his three beloved granddaughters, Vanessa, Rebecca and Ava; his sister Kitty McMillan; as well as many in-laws, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. We would like to thank all those who cared for and supported him in the last few years.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Jim at the Campbell River Legion, 301 11th Ave., on Sunday, June 9th, from 1:30-3:30 pm. Rather than flowers, a donation to the Alzheimer Society, or a charity of your choice, is preferred.
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