ALBRECHT- Jim, Born July 25, 1916 in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan. Jim died at home on Sept. 23, 2008 at Little River with peace and dignity – age 92.
He was predeceased by his brothers: Lou and Phil and sister, Dorothy.
He is survived by his life partner, Edith (Edo) of 64 years; sisters: Lucy DeAtley and Anna Jones; brother, Paul; sons: Jack (Ruth), Bob (Val), Ken (Allison); grandchildren:
Jasmine (Kim), Leila, Nairn (Rosalyn), Amber, Katy (Jerry), Jessica (Olav) and a
great-granddaughter, Esmé. Jim left home at age 16. Armed with a Grade 8 education in the midst of The Great Depression he rode the rails west to Vancouver and after a stint in a sawmill at Fraser Mills joined the R.C.A.F. Jim was proud of his service during WW II with 8 B.R. Squadron, including a tour in Alaska. After the war he trained as a carpenter and worked at CFB Comox for 25 years until his retirement at 60. He had no trouble keeping active, constructing two houses, commercial fishing, boat building and keeping his three sons on the straight and narrow through university to independence. Despite his Grade 8 education, Jim had a brilliant mind – no problem was unsolvable. In retirement he became an avid golfer and Tai Chi enthusiast to the level of instructor. He was an active member of the Comox Golf Course and Branch 160 of the Royal Canadian Legion. He remained fit and active with an impeccable driving record to age 91. The family is deeply appreciative of the following for the support provided enabling Jim to spend his last days at home: John and Teddy Glover, Gerry Allardice, Linda Fournier, Val Hammell, Trudie Newman, Morris Hill and in particular Dr. Bradley Harris, staff at the Comox Medical Clinic, Home Care Support workers and Home Care Nurses. Jim will be missed by his family and friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at Branch 160, Royal Canadian Legion, 1825 Comox Ave., Comox, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth….
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.”
High Flight by John Gillespie Magee Jr.