James Lyndon Gifford
1 August , 1932 – 28 April , 2018
Gifford, James Lyndon (Jim)
James Gifford, known to everyone as “Jim”, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2018, at the age of 85 years.
Jim was born in Calgary, August 1, 1932, but made Kamloops his home for the last several decades. Jim started out with his first love, flying planes, but then traded in his wings for his true calling. He was a long-time professional truck driver who loved his work which took him all over BC. He worked for various companies and also owned his own Freightliner for a number of years hauling freight to Prince George and all of the communities along the way. When asked what he would do for a living if he could do it all again, he simply replied “trucking”.
Jim had other passions in his life as well. He was an amazing family man and talented water color painter. He was also an avid tennis player, and his big smile and twinkling Irish eyes could be seen slamming the ball down the court on a regular basis. One of his favorite tennis events was the Team Tennis Tournament, because he was able to share his love of tennis with his family, who would team up every year for a weekend of good fun.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 58 years, Louise Gifford, his sons Barry (Lisa), Derek (Quan) and Steven (Kristina), and his 6 grandchildren, Kassia, Shayla, Sean, Stori, Alex, and Cole, who will miss him dearly.
Jim’s family would like to extend a special thank-you to all the staff on 4 North at RIH, in particular nurse Mia. You had a special bond with Jim. You both shared some great laughs and you cared for him with great compassion. As a family, we couldn’t have asked for more in a caregiver. Another large thank-you to all of the staff and volunteers at Hospice, you guys are all amazing.
A private family celebration of life will be held. Memorial donations can be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Hospice.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of James Lyndon Gifford 2018.source