James Henry Fenton
14 April, 1930 – 12 April, 2021
It is with wonderful memories of a life well lived that we announce the peaceful passing of James “Jim”, “Jimmie”, “Paka” Fenton, on April 12, 2021 at the age of 90. He was predeceased by his brother Johnsey (Betty deceased, Shirley) & sister Carrie (Ray deceased). He will be dearly missed by Marion, Katherine Mary (nee Porayko) his loving wife & best friend of 69 years, his children Corinne (Keith), Jim “Jamie” (Connie), granddaughters, Christy, Lisa (Dusty), Adrianna, Claire, Natalie (Miguel) and Yvonne, great grandchildren Amelia & Jamesy and sisters Irene (Keath deceased), Phyllis (Fred deceased), Colleen (Barry) and brother Mick (Helen) as well as numerous nieces, grandnieces, nephews, grandnephews and family friend “Uncle” Bob Florko .
Jim was born on a farm in Shellbrook, Saskatchewan on April 14, 1930 to William Henry and Amelia Arabella, both immigrants from Belfast, Ireland in 1929. His family moved to B.C. in 1936 & in 1945 at the age of 15 began working at Fraser Mills on the weekends and the result was that he worked in lumber all his life.
After marrying Marion in 1951 & having two children, he was transferred to Long Beach, Calif. in 1961 to promote western red cedar for Crown Zellerbach as a salesman. He was transferred to C.Z.’s sawmill in Columbia City, Oregon in 1965 as assistant sales manager and then to superintendent. He returned to B.C. in 1971 with Allwood Industries in Langley, then became the proud owner of Central Cedar Ltd. and Greendale Industries.
Jim’s industrious nature, determination, ingenuity & always up for a challenge attitude, served him well in life & work. He had a quick wit & a keen sense of humour, a love of music & singing, camping, boating, fishing, bee keeping, woodworking & bonsai. His grand & great grandchildren will forever know him as “Paka” and remember his affectionate & ever present teasing, jokes (Irish shenanigans), smiles & laughter that will be forever missed!
In lieu of flowers, please choose a charity of your choice. A celebration of life will be held when conditions will allow.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
James Henry Fenton
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24 April 2021
I went to high school with James' son, Jim, and I worked weekends on cleanup at Allwood Industries in Langley, BC. Was at their home. James and the Fentons were classy, friendly, hard-working and entrepreneurial people. May Mr. Fenton rest in peace and may his your memories about him be a blessing. Kerry