Jim died 1 April at Kelowna General Hospital with his loving family at his side. He was born 20 July 1925 in Winnipeg, where he attended high school. Following discharge from the army he obtained his medical degree at the University of Manitoba in 1952.
He practised family medicine in The Pas, Manitoba, and Terrace, BC. Following this, he trained at Vancouver General Hospital in obstetrics and gynecology. He received his FRCS in 1961, and started practising in Kelowna at the Underhill Clinic. In 1969 he established his own private practice, retiring in 1990.
He was very involved in the obstetrics and gynecology department at Kelowna General Hospital, including serving as chairman for a number of years.
To Jim, medicine was a way of life that was fueled by his fascination and curiosity in the mysteries of life. He was a scientist, an artist, and a lifelong learner. He loved summers spent at the family cottage on Lake Okanagan. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Jean, and family and friends.
Upon retirement, Jim renewed his passion for painting. His painting of the original 1908 Kelowna General Hospital was chosen in a contest to be used for the hospital’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2008.
Jim will forever be remembered for his patience, gentle nature, sage wisdom, youthful enthusiasm, and pride in a job well done.
Jim was predeceased most recently by his beloved wife Jean of 56 years. He is survived by his four children, Brenda (Bob), Gary (Kathy), Kim (Phil), Mike, and eight grandchildren.
—Cliff Henderson, MD, FRCPC