BURNS, James Edward (Jim)
May 22, 1943 — February 1, 2024
The family is sad to announce the peaceful passing of Jim in Kelowna on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at the age of 80 years following a brief illness. He is survived by his beloved daughter Jennifer (Nick); Jennifer’s mother Pauline (Mike); and his siblings Don, Patricia, Mickey (Bill), and Joann; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his cherished wife Erika Henfling; and siblings Larry, Brenda, and Connie.
Born in Montreal, Jim was educated at Concordia University (BA), Queens University(B.Ed), and the University of Ottawa (M.Ed).
He moved to Kelowna in 1981 to teach at Okanagan College where he met and fell in love with Erika Henfling. While in Kelowna Jim loved to organize weekly pool matches for himself and a variety of friends and Okanagan College colleagues. His weekly reports on those matches are legendary. Sometimes you could see a touch of the fighting Irish in his blood, but that was only fleeting moments. Those moments would pass and the glint in his eyes and laughter would return. He loved music, played lead guitar in a band during his Montreal days, and always had a song in his heart.
The family will be forever grateful to his friend and colleague Doug Birtwistle who helped him through the final stages of his illness, and also to his very close friend Walter Wheatley. A special thank you to the nurses and staff of Three Links Manor and Brandt’s Creek Mews for their compassionate care and kindness.
There will be no service per Jim’s request. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
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