James (Jim) Ellison
Dec 21/1933 Nov 19/2010
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our dearly beloved husband, father, and grandfather. James passed peacefully in the company of his family on November 19, 2010 at 11:20 pm in his 77th year.
James was predeceased by his parents John and Margaret, brother John Ellison and loving daughter Shelley.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 53 years Karen, Daughter Cindy (Al Williamson), sons Kevin (Denise) and Randy (Kendra); grandchildren Brett, Drew, Kurt, Jenna, Bryan, Ian, Kassidy, McKenzie, Kora, and Calvin. Also in Northern Ireland his sister in-law Rene Ellison and niece Jennifer (Ian) Duncan and family, brother Frank (Colleen) and family, as well as his brother William in Australia. James also leaves behind many sister and brother in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins, and dear friends here at home in Canada as well as Northern Ireland, England, Denmark, and Australia.
James was born in Antrim, Northern Ireland on December 21, 1933. He was the third son of 4 boys. At the age of 19, James traveled to Canada on the M.V Augusta. Once in Canada, he made his way to Semans, Saskatchewan where he worked on a farm. Once there he met and married Karen and they had four children together. James worked for McLeods in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan for a number of years before deciding to move the family to Kamloops, BC. During his time in Kamloops, James was involved in a number of businesses, many related to the construction industry.
James was a proud Lions Club member. His commitment to community started in Strasbourg when he first joined Lions and continued while he was still able. During his time in Lions he held many positions from Club President to Zone Chairman. James was honored with a Melvin Jones Fellowship for distinguished service in Lions.
James will be remembered as a great friend to many and a wonderful father. He enjoyed being with family and friends even to the end. Although he could not always participate, he just loved being a part of what was going on around him.
The Family would like to thank the staff and nurses at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice, Dr Felik, Dr Chung, Dr Proctor, Dr Bishop, and the nurses from the Cancer Clinic all who made his battle with cancer more bearable. As well the many family and friends who called and visited him on a regular basis. Thank you all for making his life that much better.
A Memorial Service will be held for James at the Kamloops United Church on Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 2pm for those wishing to join in celebrating his life.
Should friends desire, donations to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, Cancer Services Fund, 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2T1 or the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, 72 Whiteshield Crescent S., Kamloops, BC V2E 2S9 would be appreciated in Jims memory.
Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenings.com
Cremation arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service 250-374-1454