James Douglas Hall 60, of Fruitvale, British Columbia, passed away on November 10, 2010 after a short and courageous battle with cancer.
Jim is survived by his wife Pat, children Kim, Kelly and David, siblings Marylyn (Brett), Kathy (Gord), Bobby, Karen (John), Jamie, Patrick, Michael (Linda), Grant and Alyson (Randy) as well as 8 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Jaimer and Mary, younger brother Billy and brother-in-law Gord.
Jim and his wife Pat of 34 years raised their three children in Fruitvale.
Jim was born in Trail on May 20, 1952. He was one of the first births at the “new” Trail hospital. Jim graduated from secondary school in Trail and went on to study mechanics. He completed his mechanic apprenticeship at Cominco and the City of Trail to attain his Heavy Duty Mechanic Certificate. Since then Jim continued to attain a number of additional certificates and developed expertise in many specialized fields.
Over the years Jim applied his mechanical skills and expertise to many local businesses. He coupled those with generosity and genuine interest in people and provided a variety of services to many enterprises. His legacy may be found in many community projects.
Jim will also be remembered for his ongoing commitment to his work and the well-being of his family, friends and employees. In a recent conversation Jim was asked whether someone was an employee or a friend? Jim responded “both”. This is how Jim will be remembered in the community along with his colourful personality and unique approach.
In recent years Jim enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren engaging in various activities including swimming, kayaking and cycling.
A Celebration of Jim’s Life and “Jim’s Final Retirement Party” will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #11, 2141 Columbia Avenue, Trail on Saturday, December 1 at 11am. Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.
As expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be given to the Greater Trail Food Bank, C/O Trail United Church, 1300 Pine Ave. V1R 4E6. The Family of Jim Hall wishes to thank the hospital staff, especially the oncology ward, and the many friends and relatives who were very gracious and generous with their assistance and support.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca