James William Hall
Feb. 10 1923 ~ April 30, 2014
James William Hall “Jim” passed away peacefully at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, April 30, 2014, in his 92nd year with family by his side. Loving father of Sharon (Ron); Miller of Port Alberni and Heather (David) Stewart, Nanaimo. Predeceased by his wife June (06/23/1925 to 05/09/2005), his parents Raymond and Mary, sister Mary Shaw and granddaughter Becky Randall. Fondly remembered by Grandchildren Felicia and Andrea and great Grandchildren Christian, Brady, Tianna, Caylee, Caleb and Jessica. Remembered with love by all the extended family and friends.
Jim was born in Utica, NY and after the death of Jim’s Father ‘Raymond’, (1888/1936) his mother ‘MARY’ moved the family to Nanaimo. Jim completed school in Nanaimo, and worked in the Coastal Forest Industry before joining the 26th Field Regiment RCA/XII MB Dragoons in 1942. He served overseas in France, Belgium and Holland, before being returned to Canada to prepare for the push on the Pacific Front.
After the war Jim returned to the forest industry in the Alberni Valley before re-enlisting in the RCAF in 1953 and working with Transport Squadron on Lancaster’s and other Radial Engines as an aero engine technician. With the introduction of turbines, Jim served as a MSEOP in Comox and Gypsonville MB. Jim retired from the RCAF in 1968 in Comox, and after relocating to Nanaimo, worked with the BC Vocational Institute (Malaspina College) as a heavy equipment operator, where he retired in 1986.
After enjoying family camping for many years, on arrival in Nanaimo, Jim bought a small boat so that he could enjoy the wonders of the Pacific West Coast with his growing extended family. He found ‘small’ was not big enough, and with each new boat he got a larger more comfortable model. He and June enjoyed many summers of retirement on the “June Lynn” and the “Skipper” cruising the waters of Georgia Strait and the Alberni Canal.
No service by request. A family service, at a date to be determined, will be at the Nanaimo Heritage Cemetery, Townsite Rd., Nanaimo.
Jim supported many charities over his lifetime, but those wishing to make a memorial donation in his name may do so by supporting the Nanaimo Child Development Center (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) or other charity of choice.