October 6, 1938 – June 13, 2015
Jim passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness with his loving family at his side. Jim immigrated to Winnipeg in 1963 and married Jennifer in 1964, his childhood sweetheart. They had three daughters, Janet, Heather & Karen. Jim’s passion in Winnipeg was his soccer which allowed his involvement in the Pan American Games in Winnipeg in 1967.
The family moved to BC in 1970. They spent two years in Vancouver before moving to Hope to open up the Hope Motor Licence Office and McGaw Empress Insurance Brokers, now known as Hub Barton Insurance. He was a Partner there until he retired in 2001.
Jim quickly became involved in his new community, as Chairman of The Hope United Church Board; and President of Hope Rotary Club, as well as Assistant to the Rotary District Governor, Chilliwack. Jim’s passion was his school board activities. He had the privilege of serving as a school trustee for 30 years. He believed deeply in giving all children access to a good education and could often be found reading to elementary school children or mentoring teens at alternative education schools. He led First Nations’ education initiatives and was honoured to be chosen to be a witness at Seabird Island and other First Nation bands. He was truly touched when School District 78 named the Jim Sinclair Maintenance Centre after him. In his spare time, Jim loved to spend time out on the water ocean fishing off his boat, the Gregory J.
Jim is survived by his wife Jennifer, daughters Janet (Wayne), Heather (Sean), and Karen (Patrick) and eight grandchildren Gregory, Samantha, Victoria, Ryan, Maxwell, Erika, Julia, and Kayla.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the School District 78 School Breakfast Program would be appreciated. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Hope Legion Hall, 344 Fort St, Hope, BC at 1:30PM on July 11.