May 18, 1932 – March 2, 2012
Jim Swales died peacefully at his home in Barriere, B.C., after a lengthy illness.
He is survived by his loving spouse of 10 years, Ruth Christley; sons Errol (Sun Ping) Swales of Beaverton, ON, Barry (Elaine) Swales of South Yorkshire, England, Derek Swales of Orillia, ON, Jimmy (Brenda) Swales of Manilla, ON; daughters Shirley Barney of Calgary, AB, and Joan Hales of Beaverton, ON; step children Anthony Land of Hardington, ON, Christopher (Cheryl) Land of McLure, BC, Debbie Soroka of Kingston, ON, and Barbara (Brent) Land of Sydneham, ON; plus numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Jim will also be greatly missed by his four-legged companion of 12 years, Prince.
During his career Jim was a hard working man, who worked in construction with heavy equipment. He was an avid (and very skilled) fisherman and hunter, who also loved to feed the birds around Barriere. He became fondly known by many as “the bird man”.
Following cremation, private family arrangements have been made. Donations to the Heart & Stroke Fund, the Cancer Society or to the Salvation Army would be appreciated. On-line condolences may be sent to the family via www.NorthThompsonFuneral.com.
Arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, 250-672-1999.