James Archibald (Jim) Chapman

May 6, 1924 - November 21, 2013

Jim was known for his sense of humour and his love of life. His life ended at the Broadmead Lodge with his wife, Shirley, at his side and surrounded by the love of his children.

Jim was born in Edmonton, Alberta. He joined the Navy as a boy seaman soon after moving to Victoria. During World War II he served on corvettes accompanying convoys between Newfoundland and Ireland. After the war he was posted at Naden until his release in 1947. It was there that he met Shirley Banner. They were married in 1948 and had 4 children.

Family was very important to Jim. He helped his children every way he could. That love was reciprocated by all his children. The oldest daughter, Dawn (Theresa) passed away in 1996. He is greatly missed by his surviving children; Shari (Pat), Clifford (Mary Jane), Scott (Amanda); his grandchildren Scot, D'Arcy, Darin, Andrew, Kara, Daimeohn, and Claire ; great grandchildren Essence, Unity ( and their mom, Amber) and Kyra; many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jim worked for BC Electric/ Hydro from 1950 to 1984. He worked on the Island and at the Bennett Dam. He retired as an electrician. His passions included flying small aircraft in Victoria, golfing at Mount Breton golf course in Chemainus and resting in Mill Bay. Through all the moves travel was important - camping in tents, campers and trailers all over Canada and the United States as well as visiting Maui and gambling trips to Reno and Skagitt.

A celebration of the life of this wonderful man will be held at First Memorial Chapel, 4725 Falaise Drive, Saanich at 11 am on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. A short reception will follow the service.

No flowers by request, a donation can be made to the Salvation Army.

Funeral Home

First Memorial Funeral Services
4725 Falaise Drive Victoria, BC V8Y 1B4
Published in The Times Colonist from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25, 2013