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LEFEVRE, James Russell

As a young man of 25 in 1953, Jim immigrated to Canada from his beloved Scotland. Wearing his kilt and with the proverbial $40 in his pocket, he embarked on a new life in a new country. From that moment on, he became a Canadian in every sense of the word, without ever forgetting his Scottish roots. The poetry of Robbie Burns was never far from his lips. His working life was spent in the field of Golf Club Management, serving at five of the most prestigious golf clubs in Canada for the next 35 years. In 1981, he was the first golf club manager to receive an award as the top manager in Canada, an acknowledgement of his standing in his chosen career. Jim was President of the Canadian Society of Club Managers from 1975 and 1977. His love of the poetry of Robert Burns continued throughout his years in Canada. He served a term as President of the Burns’ Club in Edmonton. Many happy evenings were spent quoting Burns with great abandon and flair in the broadest of Scots’ accents. In the late 80’s, he was instrumental in establishing a Course at Selkirk College specifically designed for Golf Club Managers, a programme which continues to thrive to this day. However, and without exception, Jim’s most precious achievement revolved around his family. He met his wife, Barbara, in Toronto soon after arriving in Canada. They were married in 1958, and their three children, Nancy, Sandy and Andrew were born in the early ’60’s. To say that they were his pride and joy is an understatement. They are a testament to having grown up in a home filled with laughter and happy times. Jim spent his retirement years in the Okanagan, a place that evoked memories of his beloved Scottish Highlands. Over the years horses were a big part of his life, as well as numerous hobbies and a love of reading. Some years later, his wonderful grandchildren arrived on the scene; Tiana, Ryan, Colin, Justin and Ben. Over the years there were many get togethers in both Vancouver and the Okanagan – happy times indeed. Jim is also survived by his beloved sister, Jean, and her family who live in the U.S. They spoke on a weekly basis for many years, and enjoyed a wonderful reunion in Vancouver and Whistler last September. Our lives have been blessed by this dear and good man. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 5th at 2:00 pm at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 5505 Butler,
Summerland, BC.  Donations, if desired should go to Kelowna Meals on Wheels, 2009A Enterprise Way, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8G6 or St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog
Programme, www.sja.ca/Canada/AboutUs/Pages/DonateNow.aspx.  Donations, if desired should go to Kelowna Meals on Wheels, 2009A Enterprise Way, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8G6 or St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Programme, www.sja.ca/Canada/AboutUs/Pages/DonateNow.aspx.  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.”

Saturday, October 5th at 2:00 pm

Lakeside Presbyterian Church

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The service for LEFEVRE, James Russell is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th at 2:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Lakeside Presbyterian Church

5505 Butler Summerland, BC


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  • Trudy Hollosi says:

    To the Lefevre Family;
    My deepest sympathy for your loss. Sorry I could not be with you, but my thoughts and prayers are. To all of you my best wishes and love

  • Don&Mardele says:

    To the LeFevre Family: Our heartfelt sympathy. Jim will always have a special place in our hearts. Love Don & Mardele

  • Taeghan says:

    To Barbra and the Lefevre Family –
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Jim was one of a kind. His love for life and his family (including his dogs) wasn’t lost on anyone who met him. He will truly be missed.
    We will be out of the country for his service but our thoughts and prayers will be with you at this time.
    Taeghan and Dave

  • Liliana Perez-Lefevre says:

    I feel so lucky to have met Jim. I really enjoyed our time together doing Meals on Wheels and always felt a connection with him sharing the same last name.It was easy for people to assume we were related. I always teased him saying he pronounced it wrong but he insisted that his Scottish family had that name and pronunciation for many generations!
    My heartfelt sympathy for the whole family. A special hug to Barb.
    Liliana Perez-Lefevre and family

  • Jacinda Sze says:

    Barbara and the Lefevre family –
    We are very sorry for your loss. Jim will truly be missed, and will always remembered for the wonderful person he was. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jacinda and Raymond

  • Darlene and Jerry Heickel says:

    Barbara and family. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Jim’s quick wit and sense of fun will be remembered always. We will miss him also. Be good to yourself and remember the fun times.

  • Peg Harrington says:

    Dear Barb and Family,
    My sincerest sympathy goes out to you.
    I will write a letter as soon as I can.
    With Love: Peg Harrington

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