Robert (Bob) Cecil James passed away peacefully on Friday, September 5th at the age of 94. He is predeceased by his wife Amy and son Frank, and survived by his sons Al and Bill (Margaret). He is also survived by five grandchildren Chris (Christine), Robert (Nadine), Lisa (Ryan), Kim (Matt), Dave (Jenny) as well as six great-grandchildren Braydon, Rhianna, Alexa, Kaelen, Anamaria and Brantley.
Dad was born in Merville, B.C. on Dececember. 6, 1919. He joined the British Army R.E. in 1937 and was part of the British Expeditionary force that went into France in 1940. Captured at St. Valery France, he spent the next 5 years as a POW in Poland and managed to survive 2 death marches among many other terrible atrocities. The last march was over 1000 miles and 4 months long. After being demobbed from the Army in England 1946, he came back to Canada and worked in the mining and pulp mill industries. He then moved back to the Island with his wife Amy in 1955 and worked at the Argonaut Mine and then Elk Falls Pulp Mill.
In Dad’s younger years he loved to fish and camp. Walking was another favourite pastime; frequently you would see him walking the sea walk in Willow Point. Dad will be greatly missed.
Private Family Arrangements.
Flowers gratefully declined. Please consider donating, in Bob’s memory, to the Canadian Red Cross. He was always indebted to them as they kept him going in the form of food parcels when he was a POW. 520 2 Ave #140, Campbell River, BC V9W 6B9 or on line at http://www.redcross.ca