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James "Jim" Ernest Donaldson

September 9, 1930 - May 1, 2020

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SEPTEMBER 9, 1930 – MAY 1, 2020

 

James Ernest Donaldson passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 1, 2020 at Mountain Lake Seniors Community, Nelson, BC at the age of 89.

Jim was born in Nelson on September 9, 1930 to James Herbert (Bert) and Mona (nee Harlow) Donaldson.  Tragically Mona passed away of tuberculosis when Jim was just seven years old leaving him and his two sisters to be raised mostly by their grandmother while their father was away working on the sternwheelers, as did his father before him.

In 1954, Jim married Rose Renzie of Procter and they settled in Nelson where their son Phil was born.

During his working career, Jim was a miner at the Bluebell Mine in Riondel, then spent many years at Kootenay Forest Products as a mechanic and as Shop Foreman, before going out on his own having a successful business as a mechanic and welder.  Later, he was co-owner of the tugboat “Melinda Jane” contracted to push CPR barges to Kaslo, Lardeau and other centres on Kootenay Lake.

In addition to building the family home at Nine Mile, Jim was skilled and methodical with a talent to build or fix just about anything.  If he didn’t have a tool or a part that he needed, he would just make it.   In his later years, before the onset of dementia, Jim could be found in his shop crafting beautiful scale models of some nine local sternwheelers and tugboats complete to the most minute detail, now in the collection at Touchstones Nelson.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, sisters Marylou Sutherland and Margaret Hagyard, and his son Phil in 2016.

He is survived by his wife Rose, granddaughter Andrea Donaldson (Vancouver) and daughter-in-law Lana Donaldson.

The family extends its sincere appreciation to the staff at Mountain Lake Seniors Community for their kindness and care of Jim in his last years.

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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Lynda iwanik
Relation: Family friend.

Condolences to all of Jim’s family.

From: James & Marriane Taylor
Relation: Acquaintanse

Rose sorry for your loss. Though did not know Jim that well did run into him on Kootenay Lake and his famous hunt for batteries.

From: Brian and Ev Sutton
Relation: neighbor

We are so very sorry for your loss.

From: Joe and Sandra Lintz
Relation: Close neighbors for four decades, at least.

We were saddened to read of Jim’s passing in his sleep. He will be missed, as I recall the many times he lent neighborly assistance with projects or repairs which he willingly provided. As a Nelson native, Jim’s stories of early nelson, the paddlewheelers, his years on the tug, the Bluebell mine all contributed to his interesting depth of character. He leaves us with many memories. May he forever rest in peace.

From: Joe Lintz
Relation: Neighbour

Sorry for your loss, Rose.

From: Jack and Sharry Heighton
Relation: work mate

Sorry to hear of Jims passing ,when i worked with Gord and Colin S utherland Jim did repairs on our trucks great mechanic! and all around good guy.

From: Boris & Duane stefiuk

Rose it’s our deepest sympathy at we share this with you at the time of your loss of Jim.

Rise it’s with our deepest sympathy that we share in your loss of Jim

From: Boris & Duane stefiuk

Rose it’s our deepest sympathy at we share this with you at the time of your loss of Jim.

Rise it’s with our deepest sympathy that we share in your loss of Jim

From: Donna Zalai
Relation: neighbour

I am so sorry to read of Jim’s passing. When we building our home on Granger Road, Jim was the first one to welcome us to the neighbourhood and a constant visitor.When we were working outside in the yard he would often stop by his walks to chat about the old Bluebell Mine, bears and skunk cabbage and many other things. He was such a fixture in the neighbourhood. He continued to stop by even after my husband died and I missed his visits when he had to go into care. I will always remember him fondly.

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The family extends its sincere appreciation to the staff at Mountain Lake Seniors Community for their kindness and care of Jim in his last years.

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