Thomas James (Jim) Newton

Thomas James (Jim) Newton


Thomas James (Jim)

Dad passed away peacefully in his sleep

at Nanaimo Hospital on August 12 after

a stoic battle against prostate cancer.

Born 1914 in Cornwall, UK; imigrated

to Luanshya, Zambia in 1936, married

Wilma Matthews in 1939. A fi tter-andturner

by trade, he moved up the ranks

to become Sectional Engineer at Roan

Antelope Copper Mines, where he was

a much liked popular colleague and active member of the communty.

He couldn’t do enough for his family who were always the centre of

his world. He loved to travel – many enjoyable family holidays in South

Africa, Zimbabwe, a family world cruise and then he and Wilma took a

plane trip around the world checking out possible retirement places.

Immigrated into Canada in 1969 retirng in Port Coquitlam, BC. Where he

continued his woodworking hobby. Despite not being a keen gardener, he

was a hardworking partner to his gardener wife. When ALS struck Wilma

down, he turned his hand to making disability aids for her, nursing her

tirelessly until she passed away in 1987.

Moved to Coquitlam, where he met and married his second love, Margit

Maans in 1991. With Margit, Dad continued to pursue his travel and

family interests, visitng relatives in the UK and Finland, and making

trips to the USA s well as enjoying some Alaskan cruises. They moved to

Nanaimo Seniors Village in 2005. sadly in June this year he lost Margit,

to whom he gave unstinting tender care in her fi nal years.

He was above all, a devoted family man, gifted home improver, mechanical

whiz, and such pleasant company whatever the diffi culties he faced.

Predeceased by Wilma (1987), Margit (2008), and sister Dorothy (2007)

who lived in South Africa, step-granddaughter Melanie (2005).

Survived by his twin Phyllis in Cornwall UK, daugther Denise in

Birmingham UK, son Roger (Lois) Pitt Meadows BC, step-daughter

Sonja, Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, grandchildren Carina, Troy, Tony,

great-grandchildren Kylie, Cole, step-grandchildren Sherry, Chris, Anita,

Angie and special grandpuppies Mikko and Ben.

Many thanks to the superb aides and nurses at Nanaimo Seniors Village

and Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for their care during his fi nal


Dad we’ll miss your warmth, kindness, gentleness and generosity of spirit

so much. You’ve always been there for us, through thick and thin – always

positive and cheerful with a supportive word when needed. Your spirit

will live in our hearts forever never to be forgotten.

No service by request.

Telford’s Mid-Island Memorial Services


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