James (Jim) George, MSW

August 13, 1952 – April 24, 2009

Jim was a friend, mentor, teacher, and guide, who touched many hearts and left a lasting impression. He had a love of language – its use and derivation – and was a voracious reader. A great narrator, Jim delighted in both telling stories and hearing the stories of others. Jim was an exquisite cook, who enjoyed experimenting with different recipes for variety and taste. Curious and inquistive, Jim was keenly interested in learning about and experiencing life with all its abundance and contradictions. Jim was practical and pragmatic; creative and inventive; and had great retention and recall for the smallest of details, most obscure facts, distant memories and recitations. A delightful and mischievous prankster, Jim loved to laugh, play and have fun. At the same time, he was deeply respectful and a strong advocate for the down-trodden, vulnerable, disempowered and disenfranchised. Jim was generous of heart, with a great reverence and respect for the beauty of nature, the circle of life and impermanence of form.

Held in memory and close at heart by his life partner, Christy Linder; brothers, Larry (Marina Chung) Hamilton, John Hamilton, Rick Hamilton, Bob Hamilton; sisters, Judy (Charlie) Whiteman, Maralyn Hamilton and Simone (Rob Duthie) Paul; and his many nieces, nephews, cousins, grandnieces, grandnephews, close friends, colleagues and acquaintances.

We were both touched by and grateful for the wonderful care and compassion Jim received over the past several months from Dr. E. Howard; Dr. P. Nel; VIHA Home Care Nursing, especially Val and Rita; The Comox Valley Hospice Society; SJGH 3rd floor nursing staff; and especially from friends, Maybeth, Evelyne and my sister Val.

Jim supported Doctors Without Borders generally and their Plumpy Nut Program specifically. Donations in his memory can be made to Doctors Without Borders at www.msf.ca or mailed to #402 720 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2T9.

A family service will be held in Ontario. Locally a Gathering of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:00 pm in the Artists Glade at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens.

You are invited to share your stories, memories and photos of Jim by emailing them to Christy at hamiltonjg@shaw.ca which will also then be shared with his family in Ontario.

May his joyfulness at play and gratitude of being live on in you.

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