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Posted by: Lexi (ID *****7155) Date: March 16, 2005 at 09:09:53
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LAING, JAMES DAVID After a lengthy illness, Jim Laing passed away in Coquitlam BC at the age of 73 years. Predeceased by his wife Patricia in 1996, his parents Alex and Clara and his brother Donald. Jim is survived by his children, Rob of Calgary, Anita (Jeff) of Chicago and granddaughter Madeline. Jim was born July 9, 1931 in Bethune, SK and grew up on the family farm where his life long love for gardening was cultivated. He married his beloved Pat in 1957. He was a longtime employee of SaskTel and enjoyed his work as a lineman and repairman. This work appealed to his handyman nature. He retired in 1986 and joined the SaskTel Pioneers. It was through the Pioneers that he became a member of the clown troupe Smile Makers and his character, "Bummer the Clown", was created. He loved to see people smile at his clown antics and balloon animals. Gardening made Jim truly happy and he was proud of his large vegetable garden, greenhouse and flowers. All of us looked forward to Jim's tomatoes every year. He loved to travel and visited many parts of Canada, the U.S. and Asia. In 1996 he moved to Kelowna, BC where he lived happily for a short time before a rare mental illness overtook him. Jim spent his last years at Riverview Hospital where he died peacefully on a gorgeous spring day. The level of care that he received at Riverview was outstanding and for this we are grateful. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and many friends. Special thanks to Dr. Wong, the nurses and staff at Riverview Hospital for exemplary care, compassion and attention. Heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Lawrence Chubb and Diana Ratcliffe for all their love and support. Memorial Service planned for Saturday March 19th at 1:00 pm at the Chapel of Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to may make a donation to Riverview Hospital (BCMHS), 2601 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam, BC V3C 4J2 or the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting In living memory of James Laing, a metre of the Mission Creek Greenway will be dedicated by SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME LTD. 250-860-7077

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