Gilbert James (Jim) Reimer

Gilbert James (Jim) Reimer

July 26 1935- June 12, 2014

Jim Reimer died peacefully June 12, 2014, at Kamloops Hospital with his loving family by his side, after a short battle with pneumonia.

Jim was a big man with a big heart who leaves an even bigger hole in the lives of the people who loved him. He leaves behind his wife of 26 years Dawn, his children Carrie and Mark Reimer, (step) daughters Laura Zenzen (Shad Stephens) and Renee Lennea (Pete Lennea), grandchildren, Kristofer Ouellette, Hayden Reimer, Kayla and Kyle Lennea, Eva and Jamie Stephens and great grand-daughter Kaela Ouellette.

In 1967 Jim moved his family from Surrey to Chilliwack where he worked for the Provincial prison system in the Chilliwack Valley for most of his career. His vast knowledge of wilderness survival was instrumental in the development of the Center Creek Outward Bound Program. He loved the outdoors and knew every mountain ridge, trapper’s cabin and lake in the valley; he hunted and fished throughout B.C. Jim always had a story to tell about his time in the bush, and he was more than happy to share his knowledge.

Jim was involved with the Big Brother Association for many years, and was probably the only member of Big Brothers to have a little brother live with him and become a member of the family. 

During his time in Chilliwack he also belonged to the Black Powder Gun Club, the Rod and Gun Club, and the Chilliwack Motorcycle Sports Club. 

Jim taught himself to play the guitar, and the family has fond memories of their dad entertaining the family playing guitar and singing country songs.

He spent his retirement years touring on his motorcycle and RV’ing with Dawn. They spent the past 14 years living in Barriere where they enjoyed their grandbabies and the laid back lifestyle.

He will be remembered for his devotion to his family, wicked sense of humor and great stories;  the grandkids will remember the calls from “Santa” on Christmas eve and lots of snuggles.

Death leaves a heart ache nothing can heal

Love leaves memories no one can steal.

Life story written by Carrie Reimer

There will be a private family Celebration for Jim later in the year.

Donations in memory of Gilbert James “Jim” Reimer can be made to Variety – The Children’s Charity 4300 Still Creek Drive, Burnaby, B.C., V5C 6C6

Funeral arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Clearwater, B.C., 250-674-3030 and Barriere, B.C., 250-672-1999

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