Mar 20, 2018
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Jim High on March 20, 2018 in Maple Ridge, BC.
Jim passed away peacefully with his loved ones by his side at Ridge Meadows Hospital ICU.
Jim is predeceased by both parents Bill and Mary High of Cumberland, his oldest brother George and his youngest brother Lorne.
Jim is survived by his 4 children. Daughter Denise Cook (Mike) grandsons Jonathan and Nicholas, daughter Rhonda Flowers, grandsons Christian and Coleton. His sons James and Andrew.
Jim was born and raised in Cumberland, the middle son of Bill and Mary High. He and his brothers George and Lorne (Wendy) were raised in the family home across the street from the Cumberland Park.
Jim moved to Vancouver as a young man. In 1964 Jim married and began a family. In 1964 Jim also began working for Bill Baxter and Carson Smith at Metropolitan Ambulance Service. He worked there for 10 years until the private ambulance services were taken over by the provincial NDP government when they created a unified provincial ambulance service.
It was one of Jim’s greatest and proudest achievements to be a part of creating the Provincial BC Ambulance Service in 1974 and in the creation of The Ambulance Paramedics of BC Union, CUPE 873.
Jim was one of the first trained Advanced Life Support Paramedics in the province of BC. He stayed with the BC Ambulance Service until his retirement in the year 2002. During his career Jim achieved becoming an ALS flight paramedic, Instructor, Preceptor, Mentor, station Unit Chief, and retired as the unit chief of the Provincial Air Ambulance Service stationed in Victoria.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Jim at the Cloverdale Legion 17567 57 Ave., Surrey, BC on April 11, 2018 at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation for their exceptional care of our Dad during his illness.