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James "Walzy" Nicholas Walz

October 25, 1945 - April 24, 2020


Walz, James (Walzy) passed away peacefully at his home on April 24, 2020 with his wife by his side.

Jim was born October 25, 1945 in Unity, Saskatchewan. He was raised in Montrose, BC and worked for CPR, Cominco (Teck) in Trail, as well as several locations around the province at dam sites and mill shut downs including up in Fort McMurray before retiring.

His favourite place was Woodbury Resort and fishing on Kootenay Lake. In his younger years he enjoyed playing ball all around the Kootenays, as well as drag racing at Deer Park.

He is predeceased by his parents Joe and Betty Walz. He is survived by his wife Eleanor, daughter Pam (Dave) of Penticton, BC, Jim Jr. (Sara) of Maple Ridge, BC, grandchildren Jesse, Adam, Tanner and Linden, brothers Peter (Jean) of Calgary, AB, Wayne (Maxine) of Delta, BC , sister Betty-Lou (Bud) of Langley, BC, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Very special thank you to Gregg for your weekly visits with Jim. He really looked forward to them. A big thank you to Dr. Chris Cochrane for looking after Jim all these years.

There will be no service at this time.


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

From: Wendy
Relation: Freind

So sorry for your loss Eleanor , Jim and Pam ❤️❌⭕️

From: Betty Ann & Paul Bliskis
Relation: Friend

Our condolences to Eleanor, Jimmy and family. So sorry for your loss

From: Margaret & Allison Legge
Relation: Friends

Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family at this very sad time. So many fond memories of Jim. Lots of good times, he will be missed dearly.

From: Peter and Jeneane Boser
Relation: Cousin

Sorry to hear of the passing of Jimmy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

From: Bob Stanton
Relation: Friend.

Sorry to here of Jim’s passing Eleanor. Great memories of Jim when growing up and latter fishing on the lake. Take care.

From: Jim Irwin
Relation: an OLD friend

My condolences too … Jimmy, Bobby (above) and a few of us other kids shared our lives together over 65+ years ago in a little town of Montrose. I recall playing tin-can ally (our own version of cricket) on the main highway using 3 oil tins (from the local Shell station) on each end as the targets … playing yards on the street with a minii football … lots of time on our bikes … great times we shared are now our treasured memories.

From: Dennis Blatchford
Relation: Friend

Walz Family, Very sorry to hear that Jimmy Walz has left us. Jimmy took a shine to me in the early 70’s, in part because I developed into one of the better foosball players in town, but also because I could keep up with Jimmy’s wisecracking (Jimmy was the king); or at least not be buried under it as most guys were. I think Jimmy liked the challenge of both, and we became good friends and occasional teammates at foosball tournaments. Despite Jimmy’s public persona — you needed to be a bit gruff to sling beer in the Trail Hotel — those who knew Jimmy best knew he was at heart a big softy. I saw that side of Jimmy many times and was a recipient of Jimmy’s loving generosity more than once. Jimmy was a special character for sure, and my life was enriched by knowing him. Speed on, Jimmy!

From: Russ Irwin
Relation: Friend

My sincere condolences to Eleanor and the Walz family. Wally was my first bootlegger…lol. Then a few years later we became great rivalries playing in the foosball tournaments where we shared a “few” beers in the Trail Hotel. And the car stuff we all shared. Great memories of a great guy.

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Very special thank you to Gregg for your weekly visits with Jim. He really looked forward to them. A big thank you to Dr. Chris Cochrane for looking after Jim all these years.

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