James Alexander Horne
January 23, 1947 – March 16, 2018
James Alexander Horne, born January 23, 1947 in Winnipeg, MB, passed away peacefully with his two daughters by his side on March 16, 2018 following a short hospitalization for renal failure.
Jim leaves behind his loving daughters Jennifer (Chris) Harbaruk, Amber (Dennis) Piva, sisters Pennie (Dennis) Pella, Patricia (Dave) Helm, brothers-in-law Derik (Deanna) Roos, Robert (Brenda) Roos, nieces and nephews Jared Roos, Kristen Roos, David (Lillian) Helm, Kelsey Helm, Geordie Helm, Melanie (Alex) Auld, Daniel (Katie) Pella, Katryna and Robbie Roos, his grumpy old man cat Dusty and his very special grandchildren Jackson, Tyler, Lizzie, Alex and Joey.
Jim was predeceased by the love of his life Lynn, her parents Bob and Phyllis Roos, his parents Jim and Beth Horne and sister-in-law Ginger Roos.
Jim grew up in Winnipeg where he met his future wife Lynn. He graduated with a law degree from the University of Manitoba in 1972 and soon moved west to complete articles with Rafe Mair in Kamloops.
He and Lynn raised their two daughters in Kamloops. He enjoyed a long and successful law career at various firms, including Horne Marr Zak and retiring after working for ICBC Litigation for the past 10 years. He very reluctantly retired from ICBC in October 2017 at age 70 and greatly missed his colleagues and friends there. He looked forward to calls, updates and people seeking advice, even in retirement!
Jim was well known in the legal community as a fierce, fair, compassionate trial lawyer. James A. Horne, QC was the first member of the Kamloops Bar to take a case to the Supreme Court of Canada on a civil matter.
He was also known as a natural orator and often kept volumes of funny comments, “Jimisms” and quotes that were impactful and relevant.
Dad’s life revolved around his family…we felt loved and supported our entire lives. The “Bank of Bumps” was always open and he was the first to slip you a $20 when you left the house. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He always made a point of connecting with each of them in their different phases and activities of life…hockey, elementary school, soccer, graduation, cancer treatment, high school, relationships, university and work.
Dad slowed down in the last year but fought with stubborn determination to “get better”. In the last few months, he enjoyed visits from colleagues, friends and family; especially his two sisters, even though he never wanted to appear sick. We appreciate everyone’s calls, cards, emails and gifts. They meant the world to Dad. In his words, “I can’t believe how much people liked me!”
The last four years since our Mom’s passing were difficult for Dad and our one comfort is knowing that our parents are happily reunited. Dad is no longer “harassed and underpaid”.
We appreciate the love and support from Pastor Jane Gingrich and our church family at Hills of Peace Lutheran…no one will know where to sit from now on! Many thanks to Dr. F. Kruger and staff for your compassionate care of Dad. He liked and respected Dr. Kruger very much. Thanks also to his three angels Sandra, Allison and Liz, who enabled Dad to stay in his own home, where he wanted to be, for so long. We are eternally grateful.
We will be holding a service in Dad’s memory in late July. Details to follow.
Both Mom and Dad were thankful for the care that Lizzie received at BCCH during her treatment for cancer. Should friends desire, a donation to the “Love For Lizzie” fund at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation which supports Pediatric Oncology Research, would be appreciated.