We Remember

TORHJELM, James Edward Palmer

March 19, 1937 — June 6, 2024

Born March 19, 1937, in Camrose, Alberta, the son of Harold and Blanch Torhjelm, he passed away June 6, 2024, in Kelowna, BC, at the age of 87 years old.

Jim is sadly missed by his wife of 64 years, Bette; his children Dan, Randy (Alanna), Ron, and Sandra (Andrew); grandchildren Ethan, Candice, Sheldon, Nicole, Curtis, Brittany, Joshua, Brett, and Scottie; great-grandchildren Nina & Amelia and Niya.

Jim met Bette at a softball game in Red Deer, AB in 1955. The next year they were married, August 28, 1959. Jim was working for Pioneer Electric at the time.

Jim enjoyed music, especially singing and playing the guitar. From the time he was very young, he was always ready to help others.

His early years were spent on the farm with his parents and six siblings. Over the years, Jim had various jobs. He operated an oil and gas station. Ably assisted by Bette, he had a pig farm, managed a shoe store, and a trucking and courier service.

When Bette and Jim moved to Kelowna in 1985, Jim worked for a local stationery store. Later, Jim and Bette managed Okanagan Chateau retirement residence and travelled across Canada with this company.

Jim finished his career driving the residents of Sandalwood Retirement to and from appointments for 14 years: “Jim – Thank you for all you did to get our residents to and from Sandalwood safely. We like how you Roll!”.

Jim and Bette have been valuable volunteers in the Kelowna and district Genealogy society and the local chapter of the Parkinsons Society of BC. They were also long-time members of the Mission Creek Alliance Church. Jim will be missed by many. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on SUNDAY, July 21, 2024, at 1:00 PM, at the Mission Creek Alliance Church: 2091 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC. Internment will be in Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.

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SUNDAY, July 21, 2024, at 1:00 PM

Mission Creek Alliance Church, 2091 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC

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