It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our father, James Rodney Buxton. Dad was born in Victoria, B.C. He was one of the few children actually born at Fort Rod Hill, where his father was the blacksmith for the cavalry unit stationed there. Jim was a veteran of World War II where he served on the Nimpkish along the coast of B.C. After the war he moved to Ocean Falls, B.C., where he was the electrical foreman for Crown Zellerbach and the townsite. In 1956 he moved his young family back to Victoria, where he worked hard at two careers. He was an electrical foreman for BC Forest Products until he retired at age 65. Also during this time he started a very large mink ranch and raised all the animals needed to feed his growing family on a farm in West Saanich.
Jim came from a very large family; he was one of 14 children, at one time the largest family in Esquimalt, B.C. Most of his siblings and many of his nieces and nephews were and still are members of the Canadian armed forces. Dad was a wonderful dancer and after retirement he took many lessons in all kinds of dancing. He was also an avid outdoorsman and loved hiking, fishing, and canoeing. He has hiked the west coast trail and some favorite things to do were canoeing Bowron Lakes and the Victoria coastline.
Jim was predeceased by his parents Phoebe and Percival Buxton, many of his brothers and sisters, our mother Vivian, and most recently his son Rodney. He is survived by his children Elizabeth (Penny), Patricia, James, and Tracy [Gina]; grandchildren Yvonne, Corry, Ashley and Andrew; great grandchildren Allysha and Logan, Mercedes and Stephen and his very special friend and soul mate Jacqueline McGrath.
Son, father, grandfather, great grandfather, he will be sadly missed. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Alzheimer's Society of Canada.
Published in The Times Colonist on Aug. 26, 2014