It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of beloved father, brother and grandfather, James (Jim) Paul Stapleton on April 5, 2017 in Kelowna, BC. He will be lovingly remembered by his three daughters Pauline, Peggy and Jayne; 10 grandchildren Zachary, Keifer, Christine, Johnny, Wyatt, Casey, Sadie, Saskia, Celina, and Garnett; and his 10 surviving siblings. He is predeceased by his daughter Patty
Jim was born on July 6th, 1932, in a former granary that was the home of the young Stapleton family before the large family farmhouse was built. Jim was the eldest son of Mick and Elsa Stapleton’s 10 children. After the death of Jim’s mother Elsa, Mick remarried Lois whom would give Jim five more siblings, making the Stapleton clan 15 children. Jim, alongside his father and brothers, worked the family farm that grew various crops and raised farm animals. “Peanut” was Jim’s favourite horse, which he would ride to school with two of his older sisters. His younger sisters adored him; he rallied around them after their mother’s death in 1945 and tried to make their lives more meaningful. He worked in the oil rigs all over northern Alberta and BC before eventually settling in Calgary, and then Oyama, where he raised his family and worked for MediGas as a truck driver.
Jim had a love of sports and excelled in all of them. He had dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but his sense of responsibility for the family superseded his dream. Despite giving up on his dream, he never lost his love to play baseball and played in every city he lived. He was one of the best catchers many people had ever had the opportunity to see. When he retired from this sport he was well over the age of 50 and had no problem keeping up with the with young men half his age he played with. He was a big supporter of all the various local sports teams. However, he was the biggest supporter of the Kelowna Rockets Hockey team and never missed their games if he could help it! The Kelowna Rockets Team deemed Jim their #1 fan and recognized his dedication to them. They even have a picture of Jim on a variety of advertising: keep an eye out for him on the back of two local city buses! He was diligent about keeping all the statistics on the team and was always comparing their year to year stats.
Jim was a “Jack of all Trades” and he loved to build whatever needed to be built. He also loved to garden and was a wonderful resource to family and friends when it came to growing things. He kept bird houses around the property and was busy keeping the feeders full.
Although Jim was a solitary man, many people became very important to him besides his family. Those included are the Auck family, Preet and his staff at the Super Save Gas in Rutland, where he regularly visited. He was the “Grandfather” figure adopted by many at the gas station. They were all a part of an extended family and many thanks go out to them for their love and support.
Jim did not wish to have a funeral service, instead close family and friends will be attending a Kelowna Rockets game in his honour. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wolford Cemetery Fund, c/o Ed Stapleton, Box 1888, Cardston Alberta, TOK OKO. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”
Service: Jim did not wish to have a funeral service, instead close family and friends will be attending a Kelowna Rockets game in his honour.
The service for STAPLETON, James Paul is scheduled for Jim did not wish to have a funeral service, instead close family and friends will be attending a Kelowna Rockets game in his honour.. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.