OBITUARY

James Frederick Wilson

October 2, 1937December 26, 2020

James Frederick was born in Kelowna, BC on October 2, 1937 to Elva and Mervyn. The family moved to Vancouver and Fred became very active with the boxing community, where he fought and later coached, helping neighborhood youngsters a chance to learn this life improving skill. He was also building and racing cars, fast ones, clocking the top speed record in 1956 with a speed of 129.9 MPH. He spent the summer of 1959 prospecting for gold in the Yukon, and was successful at staking an asbestos claim instead. His fortunes improved with a chance meeting of a lovely and beautiful girl, Jennifer, who became his betrothed in 1964 and they began a 56-year adventure together.

The early years found them in Haney, BC and the family grew to four with the arrival of two daughters, Juli and Joanne. Jim spent many early mornings driving milk collection trucks for Dairlyland, and in his spare time, volunteering with the Vancouver Police Department Dog Squad as quarry, trainer and rehoming the dogs who failed to make the cut. A business opportunity in logistics and storage working closely with the fruit industry allowed the family to move to Oliver, BC. Continuing to follow his passion for helping the community, Jim found time to join BC Search and Rescue, Civilian Air Search and Rescue Association, Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, and still managed to put on the gloves to help youth with their boxing skills. During retirement, Jim and Jennifer travelled the world, spent many nights camping throughout their favorite places in BC, and Jim re-visited his thrill for speed and motorcycle riding with countless hours spent on the roads of BC and celebrated his 83rd birthday with a ride along the shores of Skaha Lake.

Fred/Jim had a kind soul, and was generous with his free time to worthy causes. He was close to his family, and was considered “one of the good guys” by his large circle of friends from every chapter of his life.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to do so may make donations in memory of Jim to a food bank of your choice or joining in his support of the Vancouver Police K9 Squad by donating to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Due to current Covid guidelines, there will not be a memorial service.

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Cal &Nola Reid

January 18, 2021

I first met Jim when we flew as spotters with Air search and Rescue, he kept a log book that showed many hours of training and searching for missing aircraft. He often spoke with pride auto racing, boxing, building sports cars and training dogs for police and other work as a family enterprise. Jim loved people, adventures, outdoors, biking and a challenge to organize unit 9 of Canadian Coast Guard Axillary with members in Princeton, Summerland, Penticton and the Kootneys, to inspect pleasure boats for safety and his special love was to teach water safety to primary school students from Osoyoos to Vernon and the Kootneys with the aid of BOBBY the SAFETY BOAT.

Chuck & Jean O’Fallon

January 12, 2021

Jim and Jenn were original owners in Redwing. We moved in across the street in 2002, and we’re so welcomed by them and we became immediate friends. Lots of socializing, lots of laughs and lots of catching up on our pasts. We were surprised to find that Jim and Chuck’s paths had crossed many times, many years before , creating an instant bond.
For a few years, during hockey school we had 4-5 grandkids staying with us for the summer. Jim and Jen had a big pontoon boat and he was enthusiastic about taking the kids for a ride out on the lake. They loved him!!!
One fun incident happened over 15 years ago when we had a birthday party for Chuck and another neighbour. I made up a menu of drinks that would be available that night, knowing various friends preferences. Jim was outrageous that night - he just said ‘Start at the top, and I’ll work my way down the list’. He did just that! It was a very fun night for all.
We both love Jim (and Jen), and have remained good friends thru all the moves both couples have made. We really regret the loss of Jim, will miss him so much, and mostly regret that COVID has made it impossible to be together this past year.
Rest In Peace Jim!

Jim Grindlay

January 11, 2021

Dear Jenn and Family,

What a moving tribute you've written in memory of your beloved Jim. I wish you strength and peace as you come to terms with his departure from your lives.

Jim was a terrific guy. He extended the hand of friendship to me when I joined his motorcycle group, and I was honoured to take it. He made me feel welcome and taught me to be a better rider.

I felt privileged when 'Father Jim' bestowed upon me the nickname 'Brother Jim.'

And you're absolutely right: Jim was one of the rare, 'Good Guys'.

Bill Chenery

January 9, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss. It was through Jim that I became a member of the Jurassic Riders. He will be missed on the rides. Memories will last forever.

Scott & Bonnie Crossley

January 9, 2021

There are certain people we encounter throughout our lives that just resonate with our inner selves. It is not anything that can be easily described; it just is. Jim was such soul. Jim’s persona was evident the first time I met him amid fellow motorcyclists. Read his obituary as it reveals a smidgen of the many chapters of his life, a varied career, his kindness and gentle soul. Jim was always there for those around him.

Stories? I remember Jim lying on his back on a BC Parks picnic table staring up at the sky contemplating life while the rest of us fed crackers and bread to the fishes at a rest stop along Highway 5A. On a different occasion when I had a motorcycle accident and dislocated my shoulder far from home, Jim and another colleague paralleled me on the return ride ensuring I got home safely. This is just who Jim was.

He shall be missed by all of us and our deepest sympathies and condolences to Jenn and his family.

Bob Smith

January 8, 2021

Had some great rides with Jim with the Jurassic Riders. Struggled to keep up with him most of the time. Will miss him.

Nancy Lind

January 8, 2021

I first met Jim in the late 1950's when my brothers and Jim were involved in boxing. Jim used to come over to Saltspring Island with his buddies and coaches.
I have visited Jim & Jenn over the years at their various homes.
I have fond memories of visiting them in Haney when all our kids were very young. My late husband went with Jim on one of his milk runs. Jim was training with police dogs then.
Another time in Oliver picking peaches. Jim off to his packing plant, and Jenn running the girls back and forth to their swimming, which Jim was very proud of them.
Anton & I enjoyed cruising with the Wilsons along with 4 other couples.
May you rest in peace Jim, you will be missed.
Nancy (Reynolds) Lind

Ross Potter

January 8, 2021

Jennifer and family. Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of Jim. I remember well the summers working at Valley Storage, the hours and hours spent building apple box's using the original jig's and the time spent with him in Search and Rescue. All great memories. I am sorry I never got out for a Bike ride with him. You are in our thoughts. Ross and family.

Vance Potter

January 8, 2021

So sorry to hear of your loss Jen, Jim was a wonderful man, with a great history in our area. I still talk of making wooden apple boxes for him down on Sawmill Road. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sharon and Vance Potter

Doreen Barr

January 8, 2021

my deepest condolences to Jenn and her family. Jim will be remembered by me as a person who welcomed my husband and I to Red Wing resorts. In the summer he would wave from across the street and say "beer time". Jim gave freely of his time and was always ready to give a helping hand. He shared his interest in motor cycles and riding with my Jim and offered his time when my husband had Alzheimer disease and could no longer ride safely.
I say good bye to Jim for now and will miss his generous gift of time and as a friend.

FROM THE FAMILY