James H. Ferris

July 8, 1914March 1, 2013

We are saddened to announce the passing of a dear father and a loving husband. James Harold Ferris passed away peacefully on March 1, 2013 at Menno Hospital in Abbotsford, BC.

James "Jim" was born to James and Janet Ferris at Ladysmith, BC on July 8, 1914. He spent his early youth growing up in Vancouver. Later as a young man and during WW2, Jim served with the RCAF as a flight sergeant and tail gunner. After the war was over, Jim married Anna Neilly and together they raised 3 children. Jim and Anna later divorced in the early 60's. Several years later, Jim married Francis Ripley and together they raised 4 children. They enjoyed a happy life together for the next 39 years. Although they later divorced in 2007, they remained good friends right up till the end.

Jim's first wife Anna passed away on February 4, 2013 at Kamloops, BC. Jim is survived by his ex-wife Francis Ripley and his children, Gail Forrester, Robert Ferris, Lynne Frederiksen, Joanne Elliott, Louise Thomas, Arthur Ferris and Graeme Ferris; grandchildren, Denise McConnell, Michael Forrester, Christine Ponuick, Brigid Elliott, Manuel Elliott, Kerry Thomas, Reese Thomas, Lisa Hahn, Karen Watson, Rodney Frederiksen and Amber Thomas; and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, March 11, 2013 at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, 45865 Hocking Ave, Chilliwack BC.


  • Service of Remembrance Monday, March 11, 2013

James H. Ferris

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Bill taylor

March 7, 2013

Jim was a hard-working father and a very devoted husband. He was a very nice, easy-going kind of guy with a great sense of humor. Just the same, he did a fantastic job of bringing up the four children currently in Edmonton and the other three in BC. He will be sadly missed by all. Rest in peace, Jim.

James Harold Ferris

March 7, 2013