SIEW, James S.
Captain RCAF
Aug 12, 1928 – Mar 16, 2014
After 85 well-lived years, Jim passed away peacefully with his family at his side. He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Winifred, along with his four children: Louise (Mike), Andrea (Reg), Peter (Peggy), and Michael; four grandchildren: Patrick (Lisa), Mathew, William and Alexander (Grady) and his very special great-grandchildren: Larra-Jane and Livia. Born in Princes Town, Trinidad, Jim came to Canada in 1947 and proceeded to make an extraordinary life for himself and his family. An accomplished athlete, his life at UBC included rugby, soccer, field hockey and cricket and he still managed to graduate with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science. He then joined the RCAF as a Supply Officer, and at the same time truly began his life long pursuit of his one great passion, cricket. Often referred to internationally as of one of the best amateur bowlers of his day, his accomplishments were many. He was the top bowler in Ottawa from 1962 to 1969. After a short posting to Comox BC, he returned to Ottawa, where he continued to excel as both a bowler and a batsman and holds the Ottawa Valley record for the most number of wickets in a season (100). During his cricket career he represented the Provinces of BC, AB, SK, and ON, as well as Canada on international tours to England and the West Indies. After Jim retired from the RCAF, he found himself in Botswana as part of a Canadian Aid programme with the Canadian International Development Agency. There he also helped to establish a Botswana Umpires Association. On another Canadian Aid programme in Tanzania, he was quickly welcomed by their multi-ethnic cricket community and was instrumental in the formation of a Tanzania Umpires Association. In retirement, Jim then went on to greater leadership roles including President of the Ottawa Valley Cricket Council on and off from 1973 until 2003 (at age 73), President of the Ontario Cricket Association, on and off back to 1974, and President of the Canadian Cricket Association for 3 years. For his exemplary efforts as a player, leader and builder, Jim was inducted into the Cricket Hall of Fame at Hartford, Connecticut, as well as the Canadian Forces Sports Hall of Fame. He has also been the recipient of a number of awards, including the 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal and a Special Achievement Award from the Province of Ontario. His has been a life well-lived; full of incredible experiences which he wholeheartedly shared with his wife, family and his many friends. Those wishing to join the family in Celebrating Jim are invited to Beechwood Cemetery and Funeral Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue (east of Vanier Parkway), Ottawa, Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 1 p.m. until time of Funeral Service in the Sacred Space at 3 p.m. A Reception will follow. For those who wish, flowers or a memorial contribution in Jim's memory to the Wounded Warriors of Canada would be appreciated. Tributes may be sent via Lifetimes at www.beechwoodcemetery.com


Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Mar. 19, 2014