Born on February 15, 1919, in Edmonton to Roy and Ella Burns, Jim passed away on December 14, 2011.
Jim enlisted in the RCAF during WWII and while attached to the RAF was in charge of radar stations in North Scotland, India and South Asia. He attended UBC following the war and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. Dedicated to his profession, he spent his working career with Westinghouse Canada in Hamilton, ON, as an outstanding expert in Metalclad Switchgear.
In 1985 Jim and Enid retired to Vancouver Island and spent many happy years enjoying travel, golf, close family life, and community volunteering until his death. A natural athlete, Jim excelled at hockey, tennis and golf throughout his life.
A dedicated husband, father and grandfather, his life exemplified quiet courage, deep faith, integrity, determination and an abiding love of family. He will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched.
Jim was the beloved husband of Enid, his devoted wife of 58 years; father of his loving daughters, Barbara and Roberta and son-in-law Michael Heaven; grandfather to Laura, Marissa and Jessica, and uncle to Burns Maddin and family. He is predeceased by his parents, sister Barbara Maddin and nephew Gordon Maddin.