Alan Murray James
Also known as Jim Harvey of Denman Island, B.C. passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 29th, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Comox, B.C. after a lengthy illness.
Born in Victoria, B.C. on November 27th, 1930 to Margaret and Robert Harvey, Jim spent his life in Victoria, Montreal, Vancouver, and finally on Denman Island.
Having a heart bigger than life, Jim was a dedicated community and green-space advocate. In addition to being an elected Vancouver Parks Commissioner in the early 1980s he was involved in many local advocacy groups including the Davie Street Merchants Association and the Denman Island Marine Conservancy. Most importantly, he was a founding member of Friends of Stanley Park. Even at home, his love of nature was reflected in his beautiful and creative gardens. Jim also had a passion for leadership and mentoring. He dedicated over ten years as a head coach of a Kerrisdale boy’s soccer team. He had an uncanny way of pulling together a disparate group of kids to form a cohesive team and engendered in them a passion for the game.
Jim is survived by his devoted wife Barbara, daughter Renata Elias and grandsons Michael and Bryan, daughter Bettina Harvey (Stephen), son Mark Harvey (Tanja) and granddaughters Aiyana and Nevaya, and brother Robert (Betsy).
A private gathering celebrating Jim’s life was held on Friday, August 10th on Denman Island.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the St. Joseph’s General Hospital Foundation in Comox, B.C. (www.sjghcomox.ca)