Jim was born in Smithers, B.C. and lived there his entire life. He was a familiar face along the highways and driveways of northwestern BC as he worked for L.B. Paving for most of his life. Jim had a passion for fishing, hockey, and playing cards. He was predeceased by his mother Meta (nee Bovill) in 2014, and is survived by his father Barney, brothers Joe (Laura) and Blair (Dana), aunts, uncles, and many nieces and nephews.