James Archibald GUTHRIE

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GUTHRIE, James Archibald December 7, 1950 April 1, 2012 Sadly we announce the death of James Archibald Guthrie (Jimmy) unexpectedly at Victoria, BC. James was named after his uncle, RAF Squadron Leader Archibald James Guthrie DFC who perished in battle over the English Channel December 18, 1939. Predeceased by his mother, Emily (nee Cooke) and his father, Reginald; he is survived by his charming and patient wife, Carolle and the Drapeau sisters-in-law in Quebec; his sisters, Anne Guthrie-Warman (John) and Margot Guthrie, his brother, Ian; his cousins, Ivor (Nicky) of Barcelona, Jack (Yoko) of Victoria and Jim, Laurie and Doug of Edmonton and his nieces and nephews of these clans. James' education started in Rosemere, Quebec and continued at Brentwood College, Vancouver Island. He attended Camosun College where he obtained diplomas in Applied Communications and Community Support for People with Developmental Disabilities. He was variously employed as a carpenter, logger, miner, newspaper reporter and photographer, freelance writer and crisis counsellor. As the executive assistant to the Minister of Finance for five years during Bill Bennett's tenure, James learned the perfidy of politics. The talented author of many historical monographs and screenplays, he additionally wrote several articles for Equity Magazine. He travelled widely and was an avid sportsman with a particular passion for golf. James goes to meet his Mom and Dad and his Highland ancestors. We bid him adieu and a safe journey to that country from which no traveller returns. A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 21 in the Fireplace Lounge, University Club, University of Victoria from 2 to 4 pm. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Jimmy's name to the charity of your choice. 653480
Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from Apr. 13 to Apr. 14, 2012
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