JAMES WILLIAM DAVIS
Born In: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Born: October 20th, 1954
Passed on: January 4th, 2013
Born October 20, 1954 and passed away peacefully on January 4th, 2013 after a hard-fought battle with brain cancer.
Jim is survived by his adored wife Kathryn; cherished children Jordan and Morgan; treasured step-children Anton and Danya; parents Geoff (Kim) and Joan; aunts Barb, and Pam (Dennis) Peacock; siblings Gary (Pam), Melinda (Tom) Williamson, Andrea, and Ian (Megan); nieces and nephews Lindsay, Bradley (Libby), Joren, Tessa, Sinon, Liam, Logan, and Kyra; and, lastly, his much-loved four legged friends, Athena, Ava, and, yes, even Smuggles.
Jim was born and raised in Kamloops and was an avid rocketeer, tennis player and skier in his youth. He graduated from Kam High and went on to attend university in Copenhagen and Canada, obtaining a B.A., Education, and, though he never formally taught, he was, in so many ways, a mentor and teacher to us all. He worked for years in the sporting goods industry, principally in Whistler and North Vancouver, before returning to Kamloops to raise his family. He then pursued a career in the financial industry and found this work rewarding and inspiring. He was a remarkable and competitive athlete and he continued to play tennis until his illness would no longer permit. He loved the ocean and was an able windsurfer and a passionate sailor, having purchased his dream sailboat just last September. He tinkered and played with his boat in hope of being able to, one day, resume sailing with Kathryn. His wit and intelligence made for many lively family dinners/debates with his siblings and family. He was incredibly caring, worrying more about the rest of us than himself, right up until his passing. Above all, however, Jim's passion was his family and his greatest wish was always to impart his knowledge, compassion and understanding to them all.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Nikolakis, Dr. A. Burris, and Dr. Tevendale, as well as the oncology teams at RIH and KGH. A very special thank you to the amazing staff at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice who took such tender care of Jim during his final days. Our sincerest appreciation to the staff of Interior Savings Credit Union and RIH Diagnostic Imaging Department for their support throughout Jim's illness.
Jim will be missed, but we take comfort in knowing that, at last,
he can sail forever.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Thompson Rivers University Mountain Room from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kamloops Hospice Association or to brain cancer research through the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.