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Chapel of Memories Funeral Directors

4005 Sixth Ave, Port Alberni, BC

OBITUARY

James Albert Hargreaves

May 2, 1950June 30, 2020

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of James (Jim) Albert Maurice Hargreaves on Tuesday June 30th, 2020, at West Coast General Hospital, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Jim will be greatly missed by his wife of 48 years, Marilyn, his daughter Jana, son Jamie (Ashley), his beloved grandchildren Taylor, Katelyn, Emme, and James, and his brothers Bob, Bill (Pam), and Tim (Lynn). He will also be sadly missed by extended family members Don, Heather, Sarah, Ryan, and Tom. Jim was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 2, 1950. He was an active toddler, child and teen playing hard any chance he could get with his brothers Bob and Bill. Jim grew to be a gifted athlete and was afforded many opportunities owing to his physical prowess. In 1970 he was drafted 16th overall to the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL. What followed was an adventurous 6 years of professional hockey, playing for teams in the NHL, AHL, and WHA. Jim was known as a physical player, a fierce competitor and a great teammate. In April 1972, following his time with the AHL Rochester Americans, he had a chance encounter with the love of his life Marilyn. True to his character, Jim knew he was in love and proposed within 3 weeks. Jim retired from professional hockey in 1976, and with Marilyn and their baby daughter Jana, began a new life in the Alberni Valley. It was in these early years in the Valley that Jim met his lifelong buddies Dan and Ben. They quickly taught him the ways of the West Coast spending countless hours down the canal fishing and building memories for a lifetime. After a short stint at Alberni Engineering, Jim settled into a career in the woods, a job he would do for over 25 years, forging some great friendships along the way. He loved being outside and the camaraderie of working in the woods with the guys. Upon retirement, Jim could be found riding his bike around town with his four-legged companion Mike at his side. Jim was a family man through and through, when he wasn’t working, he volunteered his time coaching his kids’ softball, soccer, and hockey teams. He also volunteered his time speaking to at-risk youth and took a keen interest in helping less fortunate kids. He would often buy sports equipment for kids or would show up at their house to take them to their game or practice. He was a tough coach, but he was fair, and instilled a spirit of teamwork and competitiveness on the field and in the rink. Jim was all heart, had an infectious smile and was always ready for – and often the instigator of¬ – a good laugh. We will miss him dearly. His family would like to thank those involved with Jim’s end of life care, Drs. G. DePape, E. Smit, W. Johnson, and the nursing and care staff at WCGH. A special thank you to the staff at Echo Village, who took care of Jim as one of their own for the last year and a half. Honoring Jim’s request, there will be no memorial service. Donations in memory of Jim to the Fir Park Village / Echo Village Foundation or Ty Watson House are greatly appreciated.

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Tim Nosworthy

July 21, 2020

Remember Jim as a good friend when we were in our mid to late teens. A true character but good friend, shared an apartment together with Paul, a true adventure. Have nothing but good and fun memories.
Very sad to hear of his passing🙏

bob rakai

July 14, 2020

I am saddened to read of Jim’s passing.

I vividly recall playing high school football and hockey with Jim as Hounds at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Saskatchewan. Jim always wore a big smile. Our victories in hockey with Jim often read like our football scores... 23 to1, 19 to 0, 14 to 3. Screening the opposition goalie in front of the net with Jim firing blistering slap shots (& smiling) from the blue line was not a highly desired assignment. Teammates and opposition knew Jim was destined for Pro-Hockey.

Lynn Burnip

July 8, 2020

Dear Marilynn and family,
We are so sorry for your loss....We so enjoyed our times and shared with Jim especially when the kids were young.
May the good memories you all share bring you comfort at this time
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rick and Lynn Burnip

Kelley Edwards

July 4, 2020

Jim was my neighbour across the street on Maitland when I lived at home. He was always looking out for us neighbourhood kids & making sure we were safe & careful. He cared about little things, like one time I will always remember.... I had washed my car & forgotten my sponge outside on the street. He marched right over & knocked on the door & made sure I got my sponge back. He looked out for everybody & was exactly the kind of neighbour everyone wishes they had. Great memories, too, of his big bellowing voice talking to his dog Mike. Such a nice dog. I remember, too, when he bought my Dad's old brown Chevy truck, so I still got to see it across the street. So many memories. Condolences to the family.⚘🌷⚘

Lisa Jennings

July 3, 2020

Jana, sending healing thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Always know that your dad is with you, in spirit, in a song, in a memory. I know how incredibly close the two of you are (a relationship not unlike my own with my father) and that the journey ahead will not be easy. You have made your dad proud hon. All of my love and friendship.

Lisa Jennings

Pat Pistotnik

July 3, 2020

Joe and I met Jim through Rock Steady Boxing where his lively personality endeared him to our group. We send our condolences to Marilyn and her family. So sad to hear of his passing, but glad he is at peace.

Meloney Edghill

July 3, 2020

We always loved when Jim came into our coffee shop, which was fairly often! He was always smiling and joking. Heartfelt condolences to his family and all those who loved him.

NORM BISARO

July 3, 2020

Met him at morning swims at the pool. He was so much fun to talk to and hearing his stories. My deepest condolences to all his family.

Mitch Pearce

July 3, 2020

On behalf of the Pearce family, we send our sincere condolences. My Dad Rick, know Jim well through the girls softball team, and always thought he was a really great guy and wonderful coach. So sorry for your loss.

Mitch Pearce

george priest

July 3, 2020

Mr. Hargraves, was a rigging rat, who loved his crew, job, and eager to train anyone who wanted to learn. Very easy going, usually had a joke or smile to share, Jim, was always ready to meet a challenge and share. I never knew Jim away from the job site, and am learning just how exciting his career, and life style must have been. IN the few short years l did work near Jim Hargraves, I was grateful to know him. Rest in Peace brother, may your skies be bright, your troubles few, As your family and friends, Are missing you.

FROM THE FAMILY