James Lawrence Whittome

James Lawrence Whittome

It is with great sadness we announce our much-loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, James Lawrence Whittome slipped peacefully away on December 13th, 2018.

Jim’s children Robert (Linda), John, Jim and Janet (Craig), and grandchildren Robert (Heidi), Graeme, Melanie, Kathleen, Emily and Sophie were cherished by him as well as step-grandchildren Chad & Linnea (Jason), step great-grandchildren Olivia, Kainan & Evan. He is survived by the children’s mother Phyllis.

Jim married Dorothy in April 1983. His step-children, Vaughn (Janice), Christine (Dan) and Grand-children Andrew (Tracy) along with great grandchildren, Kaye and Logan, Sheila (Cory), Nicole (Braden), Kate (Tanner) will miss him so much.

Jim was born at Kings Daughter’s Hospital on November 3, 1929. His 89 years were a life well lived. He practised law in Duncan beginning when there was only a half dozen lawyers in town and was delighted when son Robert joined him in 1990 and eventually took over his practise. At the same time, he ran the family businesses, which were a big part of the City of Duncan. He was the third generation of the family carrying on the tradition started in 1898. He was respected and appreciated by all staff and clients.

His other love was boating. He was a happy child fishing for shiners on his Dad’s boat the Elfine, along with his older sisters, Anne and Barbara (deceased 2017). Later, when Jim’s children were young, they spent many happy times aboard the Genii. In 1977, a new boat, James 1, came into his life and he and Dorothy enjoyed exploring the coast to Alaska. His last big marine adventure was a partnership with Jim and Julie Roome when they acquired the Songhee in 1991. So many friends had memorable trips on her.

Jim was fortunate to be loved and respected by a large extended family and many friends, business acquaintances, clients and staff. He will be missed.

A reception to honour him was held at Maple Bay Yacht Club on December 18th.

Cowichan Valley Citizen

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