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MURRAY, James (Jim) Christie
February 19, 1927 to June 21, 2012
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Jim Murray, beloved husband of Janie, father to Barbara (Marge), Diane (Gregg), Laurie (Brian), and Tracey (Scott); papa to Mark, Marissa, Connor, Rhys, Owen, Avery and Tarah Jayne; brother to Ronnie (Mae). He also leaves behind to mourn, his first wife Ann, many nieces, nephews and a myriad of friends and colleagues, in North America and Japan. Jim worked with his father, Ron, at the Murray Fish Company; became president upon his father's retirement and remained there until 1976. He then joined Canadian Pacific Airlines as the Sales Promotion Coordinator for South East Asia and retired in 1992. Jim's passion for the outdoors and commitment to conservation inspired him to work with the B.C. Wildlife Federation where he served as president from 1965-1967. He also was a member of the Pacific Salmon Commission. As an avid fisherman and hunter, he knew all the best fishing spots in our province and beyond. Jim truly was a Bush Baptist. Jim achieved fifth degree black belt in kendo, the first Canadian to reach this high degree of accomplishment in the martial arts. Throughout his life he contributed thousands of volunteer hours to his community. This love inspired him to run for Richmond City Council on which he served from 1971 to 1974. One of Jim's proudest achievements during his term was to create and establish the sister city twinning between Richmond and Wakayama City. He furthered this concept of twinning with the cities of Campbell River, Port Alberni and Victoria with their Japanese counterparts. He was called by his friends the "father of sister cities". He was well known and respected in a wide variety of communities in Asia for his work on their behalf. Jim was a loving father and a generous and true friend to all those who knew him. He will be greatly missed but we take solace knowing he has found the perfect fishing paradise to share with friends who have gone before him. Please join the family to celebrate Jim's life on Friday, July 6th, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Vancouver Gun Club, 7340 Sidaway Road, Richmond. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the B.C. Wildlife Federation or a charity of your choice.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on June 30, 2012
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