December 21, 1936 - April 20, 2023
It is with great sadness the family of Donald Albert James announces his passing on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at the age of 86 with his wife Robin by his side. They married in 2018, after being parted for 60 years.
He is survived also by his son William, granddaughters Leanne and Emma, daughter Donna (Keith), grandsons Cory and Justin, sister Betty (Larry), cousin Donna (Jim), nephew-in-law Colin (Susan) and family as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Born in his parents home on Somerville Street in Vancouver, his life was spent in Vancouver, New Westminster and the Sunshine Coast.
Don had always enjoyed taking his family travelling and ‘motorhoming’ when they were young and he continued to enjoy this throughout his life.
After spending his working life as a driver for Eaton’s, BCAA and Jersey Farms Dairy he retired to Halfmoon Bay on the Sunshine Coast in the 90’s and became affectionately known as “The Deer Man”- welcoming deer, raccoons and other animal visitors with a weekly box of apples he bought at Claytons.
As well as cherishing the wildlife, Don spent some years volunteering at the Sechelt Seniors Centre and driving the seniors bus as well as working as a DJ for the radio station.
Sadly, after moving to Port Stalashen in 2020 where he enjoyed living close to the forested bird sanctuary, he suffered a stroke. Bearing the effects stoically and never losing his wit, comic banter and quirky sense of humour, he was always able to share a joke and a cheerful smile.
Don, we wish you sunny meadows, hummingbirds and friendly deer.
Our gratitude to Dr. Jack Bryson, the wonderful Home Care nurses and the dedicated Paramedics who attended after his heart attack.
Instead of a funeral service, notice will be given of a Celebration of Don’s Life.