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James Jim Matthew Richards

September 16, 1944 - November 27, 2017


James (Jim) Matthew Richards, 73, passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 27, 2017 at Mountain Lakes.

Jim is survived by his wife Gail, his sons Keenan (Shelley), Brian (Shenan) his grandchildren Grace, Ian and Joel, his siblings Lois, Martha, Tom and Paul, his sister in law Marion (Ken) and niece Farrah (Al and Brooklyn). He was predeceased by sisters Mary and Lydia.

Jim was born in 1944 in Penticton and lived there until he began his career as a Meteorologist for the Federal Government 1966-1995. He was the voice of the Castlegar weather centre on the radio for many years.  He then worked for the Provincial Government at the Southeast Fire Centre, Castlegar.

He was a member of the Tarrys Fire Department from April 4, 1983 and retired as Deputy Chief on April 14,2005.

Jim loved gardening, in particular tomatoes and roses, computer, the weather in all forms, and all children but in particular his grandchildren.

He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.  A special thanks to Dr. Reinecke, Dr. Janz and the staff of Mountain Lakes for the excellent care they gave Jim.

The family would like to invite all who knew Jim to a Celebration of Life on Dec 17, 2017 from 2pm – 4pm at the Tarrys Firehall.


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

From: Ron Armbruster
Relation: As manager of station operations for Time Air/Canadian Regional at Castlegar I consulted with Jim on a frequent basis while the weather office was located inside the terminal building at the Castlegar Airport.

Sincere and heartfelt condolences on your loss.

From: Catherine Wack
Relation: Friend

Dear Gail and Family.. So sorry to hear of your loss. We use to see Jim on our trips to Nelson and Castlegar. He always had that friendly smile in passing. He will be missed by may. Love and God’s Blessings. Dan & Catherine

From: Ian Sharp
Relation: Dad of friend

I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Nora (Pruesse, Crossley) Jukes
Relation: We were in grade one and two together in Carmi School in Penticton. Then, living in Castlegar from 1979 to now, I would sometimes run into him in town

Jim was a very special lad, always cheerful and in good humour. We were at Carmi School together in Penticton in those first years. It was a surprise to sometimes run into him in Castlegar 30 or 40 years later. And he still always had a smile on his face.

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
December 17, 2017
Beginning at 2:00pm

Tarry's Firehall

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