Robert James Eagle (04/04/1943 - 03/10/2011)

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Robert James

Jim was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 4, 1943 and moved to Cranbrook when he was 4 years old. Here he developed a passion for hockey. He played on both the Midget and Juvenile Provincial Championship Teams. His success in Cranbrook elevated him to the Edmonton Oil Kings where he won a Memorial Cup in 1963. Following his junior hockey in Edmonton, Jim moved on to the University of Denver where he played for the Pioneers and graduated with a commerce degree. After university, he moved on to professional hockey in San Diego where he played for several years with the "Gulls" in the Western Hockey League. With pro-hockey behind him and living in Spokane, he entered the restaurant business. They opened the first "Chapter Eleven" in 1972. He and his partner Jim Becker expanded to 13 restaurants across the state of Washington. While growing and expanding the business, Jim moved to the "Farm" in Yakima where he found his passion for thoroughbred race horses. Jim spent the last five years in Cranbrook and continued to be involved in hockey as a scout for the Vancouver Canucks.

Jim passed away on March 10, 2011. He was predeceased by his father Bob in 1993 and his mother Hazel in 2008.

Upon Jim's request, there will be no service. A Celebration of Life will follow at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to MCPHERSON FUNERAL SERVICE.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Mar. 16 to Mar. 17, 2011
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