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James Mansfield

James Mansfield

Born In: Bell Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Born: June 18th, 1935

Passed in: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Passed on: September 22nd, 2017

James (Jim) Joseph Mansfield passed peacefully away Friday, September 22, at the Kiwanis Pavilion in Victoria, BC. He was 82.

He leaves behind his brother-in-law Tom Galway, whom he raised as his son, Tom’s wife Lilaine, both of Victoria, BC; his brothers Pat, Vince, Fred, Myles and, and sisters Rose, Shirley and Ange as well as the Galway siblings (Leo, Kay, Pauline, Gary, Ed, Judy and Don) and a large circle of family and friends. He is previously deceased by his wife Betty (nee Galway) and siblings Tom, John, Theresa, Helen and Loretta.

Jim was born and raised on Bell Island, Newfoundland, the son of John (Jack) and Bridget (nee Kent) Mansfield. He lived and worked in St. John’s for most of his life before moving for his final years to Victoria, BC to live with Tom and Lilaine.

As a young man on Bell Island where he met and married Betty, some of his early jobs there was operating the family-run movie house (Prince’s Theatre), delivering coal for his brother and mentor Pat, driving a taxi and working in the iron ore mines. After the mine shut down in 1966, he and Betty moved to St. John’s and he eventually went to work for Chester Dawe Ltd., first as a driver but he ultimately worked his way up to store manager. He worked there for over 30 years until his retirement.

After moving to Victoria, Jim became an avid lawn bowler and was a long-time member of the Victoria West Lawn Bowling Club where, apparently, he won most every game he ever played…or so he claimed.

Jim will be cremated and his remains returned to Newfoundland in the spring of 2018 when he will finally be laid to rest beside his wife Betty following a service for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.

 
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