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EDMONDSON, James Roy (Jim) (JR)

September 2, 1954 — May 19, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Jim due to complications from lung cancer, with his wife Margie by his side.

Jim is survived by Margie; fur baby Brody; sister Susan Scoble; niece Julie, nephews Russell (Mel), and Bradley (Christina), several great-nieces and great-nephews, and cousins on the BC coast and England; and sister-in-law Karen Brown, nephew Brayden, and niece Alyssa.

Jim was predeceased by his parents Lorne (d. 1973) and Ruby (d. 2009);  as well as in-laws Don and Bernice Simmons.

Born in Vancouver BC, Jim grew up in Burnaby where he lived until moving to Kelowna in 1994. One of his fond childhood memories was the summers spent at their family property in Birch Bay, Washington. Jim loved all animals, especially dogs of which he had several.

Jim had a love of many sports & played hockey & baseball & coached several ball teams.  He was a diehard Vancouver Canucks fan & had mentioned recently his disappointment in not seeing them win the Stanley Cup.

Jim had several jobs in his early years.  In 2010 he retired from a career with the BC Liquor Stores in management after 34 years.

Jim travelled to many places but his favorite destination was the Hawaiian Islands – it was in his soul.  Our last vacation to the Islands in 2020 was his 50th trip – so remarkable.

Jim had many friends, several from elementary and high school days which he truly cherished.

Thank you to Dr. Purdon, Dr. Martos and the team at the Kelowna Cancer Clinic, and the staff that cared for Jim at the Central Okanagan Hospice House.

There will be no service at Jim’s request.  In lieu of flowers donations to Terry Fox Foundation, or BC Cancer Foundation.

Condolences, photos, or memories may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com

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  • Lois Zachary says:

    So sorry Margie and your families to hear the loss of Jim. It was a joy to work with him.

  • Wayne and Bev simmons says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  • Dianne & Tony DeRienzo and Beverley & Philip Hale - cousins in the UK says:

    Our thoughts are with you and all your family at this sad time. Our hearts are full of love for you all RIP Jim ❤️

  • Ron Halwa says:

    Margie you and JR helped me become the General Manager and person that I am today with the life skills you taught me. JR would tell me stories of working in the most grimy liquor store in Vancouver and tell me how lucky I was to be where I was. He was right, there aren’t many actual good people in this world and im lucky enough to have spent time with 2 of the realist you and JR.

    Lots of love.


  • Randy DeVito says:

    This is a very sad surprise as we were all expecting and hoping for a positive recovery for Jim. I`ve been good friends with Jim since we started high school together. We have a lifetime of great memories together and with all of our Burnaby buddies, and that was all created before he moved to Kelowna. We laugh our heads off when we relive the old times, and we are all so fortunate to be forever friends and to have lived in the time that we did. Be it work, play or family, Jim always maintained an absolute high integrity and a loyal consideration of others. Jim and Margie would invite me to stay in their home when I was in Kelowna and were wonderful hosts, and we would create new wonderful memories. They invited me to stay with them in Maui and they were the best tour guides one could ever wish for. Unfortunately we will not be anticipating any new adventures together, as I always looked forward to the get togethers that we would arrange. Jim certainly left an impression on his buddies and co-workers, and was always highly entertaining when we were together. All of his old buddies are taken back by this tragic outcome and were expecting many more enjoyable times together. I thank you Margie for all of the care and assistance that you gave Jim during his times of illness. I am sure that Jim realized that it was a wonderful life he lived, and was willing to accept this as the last chapter. From all of your old Burnaby buddies, we will all deeply miss you, and you will always be in the forefront of our memories and conversations. Here`s to a magnificent man who added so much to all of our lives. May a future of Peace be your new best buddy, Jim

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