Jim WARNE

Jim Warne, November 6, 1930 to March 28, 2009. Jim passed away peacefully in his home Saturday, March 28, 2009. He was predeceased by his best friend and love of his life, his wife of nearly 40 years, Fran, on March 4, 1993, with whom he has finally been reunited. Lovingly remembered by his brother George Warne of Penticton, his 6 children and their spouses, Judy Smith of Invermere, Mike (Amy) Warne of Edmonton, Jan (Pat) Warne of Surrey, Joni (Stu) Pigot of Summerland, Sherry (Garry) Vicze of Richmond and Carol (Mike) Warne of Edmonton, his daughter-in-law, Terry Murphy of Edmonton and son-in-law, Mike Smith of Invermere, his 14 grand children, Deanna (Ian) Warnock of Calgary, Tracy (Nestor) Hrycun of Edmonton, Megan Smith of Invermere, Crystal (Adam) Warne of Edmonton, Fraser (Kelly) Smith of Invermere, Kyla Smith of Invermere, Darren Pigot of Summerland, Ryan Pigot of Summerland, Alec Vicze of Richmond, Lindsay Pigot of Summerland, Jaqueline Vicze of Richmond and Doni, Toni and Brett Klyne of Edmonton, his 5 great-grandchildren, Murray Campbell and Ella Smith of Invermere, Dax and Tru Hrycun of Edmonton and Addison Warnock of Calgary. Jim grew up in Burnaby, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from UBC in 1954. He worked as a pharmacist in Burnaby, Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Invermere, B.C. during his career and took great pride in his work. Jim took his turn on the political merry-go-round during his residency in Invermere, serving two terms as Alderman followed by two terms as Mayor, and again, took great pride in his commitment to his community. Jim loved community theatre and was actively involved with it in some way in every community in which he lived. He received many awards over the years, and, as always, took great pride in his contributions to the arts. In Summerland he took immense enjoyment from his experience as director and “Father Jim” to his amazing group of 5 “Little Sisters of Hoboken” for Nunsense 1 and 2. Jim was also very happy to be able to act alongside his brother George for the first time in two very long acting careers when they performed in “Fools” in Summerland. Jim’s greatest pride came from watching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow and become adults, living lives they enjoy. He will be sadly missed by all of them. His family would like to thank all who contributed to his enjoyment of life in Summerland, especially Dr. Sue Severide, whose amazing dedication and patience will not be forgotten and the staff at Summerland Pharmacy who helped to make life easier for Jim. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at St Stephens Anglican Church in Summerland. Please join us in sharing “Jim” stories and toasting a life well lived. In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully appreciated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC, #4-1551 Sutherland, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9.