It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we announce the unexpected passing of Jim Ponech at the age of 59 on April 27, 2016.

He was born on December 14, 1956 in Lethbridge, AB and resided in Summerland, BC. Jim was a loving son, brother, husband, father and Papa whose generous and caring nature extended beyond his family and touched all who had the good fortune to know him.  

His energy, enthusiasm and passion for living led to a variety of ambitious pursuits with a strong pride of workmanship.  Jim had a love for music with a collection of over 1,000 vinyl records and a kind heart for horses and dogs, especially his best friend, Bear.  Generous to a fault, no project was too large or too complicated as he was always there to lend a hand to family and friends in need.  Jim was strong, committed, dependable and he, above all else, cherished his family.  In short, he was our pillar, and he will be deeply missed.  

Jim is survived by his parents Fred and Eileen, wife Patti, daughters Erin (Neil) Jantz and Kristen (Daron Kirkendall), sister Jan (Steve) Smith and grandchildren Karis and Gavin Jantz and Leah Kirkendall.  He is also survived by a large extended family of uncles, aunts, brother/sister in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.  

A Celebration of Life will be held 3:00 pm, Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at the Harold Simpson Youth Memorial Centre, 9111 Peach Orchard Rd., Summerland, BC. Casual attire is requested as Jim would have preferred jeans and a shirt. In Jim’s memory, the family encourages you to make a donation to your local foodbank. 

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