In loving memory ~
It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of our dear Dad, James (Jim) Brooke Roe at the age of 85. He was a fantastic father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and son and we are heartbroken to lose him. He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Tig, his parents Colin and Olive, and his siblings; Irene, Ken, Russ and Shirley, but will be greatly missed by his children; Greg (Debbie), Bob (Lynn), Sandra, his 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and his sweet, canine companion, Ruby.
Jim was born on October 13, 1938, in Endeavour, Saskatchewan. When he was very young, his family moved to Chemainus, BC where he spent the rest of his wonderful life. Jim attended school in Chemainus and then began working at the Chemainus Sawmill as a teenager. In his early twenties, he began long-shoring and continued that career for 42 years until he retired. He married his sweetheart, Tig, on September 24, 1960, and they had a long and beautiful marriage of 63 years that included three children.
Jim started camping with his family with a canvas tent and camp stove at Chemainus River when his youngest was still in diapers. He soon bought a tent trailer and later a truck and trailer and for many years the family spent summer holidays travelling and camping throughout BC. In 1980 he bought a lot in Tall Timbers Holiday Park on Sproat Lake where for 43 years his family have happily spent their summer vacations. Over the years, he and Tig also enjoyed many trips to Hawaii and cruises with family and friends, a couple of trips to Mexico and many road trips around BC and the United States. He loved horses and dogs and in the early years of his marriage, he had a horse (Flicka), but he had many beloved family dogs through the years.
In his younger years, he enjoyed baseball and hockey and was involved in coaching his sons' teams. But, his real sports love was car racing, particularly Formula One, and during the season, he could often be found on the weekends watching his favourite sport. From 1990 - 2004 when the Molson Indy Race was held in Vancouver, Jim attended many times with his sons and looked forward to that yearly event. He also liked NASCAR racing and attended two events in Phoenix and Daytona and he enjoyed going to see the Sprint Cars at Skagit Speedway in Washington, and Stock Cars at Western Speedway in Victoria.
In his later years, Jim really liked to garden and tend to his beautiful yard and he was also one of the volunteer lawnmowers at the Chemainus Graveyard for many years. When he and Tig moved to a townhome, the gardening got easier but for many years he enjoyed helping out with the maintenance around the complex. When he was able, he was always looking for ways to help out a neighbour or lend a someone helping hand.
He had many friends and social circles and always looked forward to hosting coffees with guys, church functions, happy hours and dinners with friends or family, and get-togethers with friends he'd had since his school days. He was kind, caring and generous and he will be missed by so many.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Thanks for the beautiful memories, Dad.
Until we meet again.
A service for Jim will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, 3318 River Road in Chemainus, on Saturday, February 3rd at 1:00 pm.