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January 4, 2014


Albert James (Jim)

June 18, 1932 ~ January 4, 2014

Just before dawn on January 4, 2014, this dearly loved and respected man departed from this earth. Jim loved his family, his province of British Columbia and messing about in boats.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ann; son, Tim (Debbie); daughter, Jane (Paul Bourke) and Robin (Steven Paul); grandchildren: Sarah and Jake Mitton, Emily and Mary Bourke, Tom (Chrisi Husted), Katy (Shawn Milligan), Joey Paul; great granddaughter, Ariel Paul; sister, Pat Brydon; niece, Kathy; nephews, Rod and David; in-laws, Bill and Mary Lennox, Joan and Jim Porter; and nephew, Duncan, along with a legion of other family and friends.

Jim’s work-life took him to the Arrow Lakes, the Okanagan, Kitimat, Chilliwack, Vancouver and in 1966, Nanaimo. Big O Tire was established; including a retread plant upstairs on Albert St. producing “Smilers” for many Nanaimo customers. Besides operating his own store, Jim served as president of Big O Tire Dealers BC for many years. Other interests included Rotary (downtown), Chamber of Commerce, member and past master of Ashlar Masonic Lodge, Shrine, member and past chairman of the board of managers St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, and member and past commodore Nanaimo Yacht Club. River fishing, curling, and golf were enjoyed but boating, sailing, racing, salt water fishing and cruising, ultimately took the prize. There was never enough time to explore the nooks and crannies of the coast.

Your smile and that twinkle in your eye,

Jim Mitton, will be greatly missed.

A private service was held in January. A sincere thank you from the family to family physician, Dr. Charles Lam and to the nurses of the 4th floor, Intensive Care and Palliative Care units at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

No time on earth is long enough

to share with those we love,

or to prepare our hearts for good-bye.

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