James Russell Osborne
October 8, 1938 ~ June 8, 2013
On the late evening of Saturday, June 8, 2013, James Russell Osborne passed from this life at the Creston Valley Hospital at the age of 74 years.
Jim was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta on October 8, 1938, one of five siblings born to Tom and Elaine Osborne.
Jim had many loves in his life – the first and foremost were his wife and two girls. He loved to travel. Jim and Dianne (Dee) experienced many adventures together to different destinations including Mexico, the South and Eastern U.S. and across Canada to the Maritimes. He had friends from Creston, BC all the way to Mexico.
Jim and Dee would have celebrated 50 years together on July 6, 2013.
Jim was a teacher, school counsellor and businessman. He was an active member of many organizations, including the Credit Union and BC Teachers’ Federation. He loved the outdoors and spent much time over the years fishing, water and snow skiing as well as playing baseball, hockey, and golf. Aside from the home they constructed in Creston (residing there for 20 years), Jim and Dee also purchased a Kootenay Lake property in 1968 and he loved all his time there with his family (and later his much loved grandchildren). In 1988, they moved there permanently.
Jim had a smiling and happy disposition. He was always ready to help whatever the need, and he had a generous and positive outlook on life. He will long be remembered for this and for his sense of humour.
Jim will be greatly missed by friends and family alike.
Left to cherish his memories are his beloved wife Dianne; two daughters Marnie (Gerry) of Redwood City, California and Michelle of Victoria, BC; grandchildren Graham, Sydney and Keslee; brother Tom; and sisters Carol and Susan. He was predeceased by sister Ruth.
At Jim’s request, there will be no funeral service; a private family gathering will take place at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made in Jim’s honor to the BC Cancer Foundation at www.bccancerfoundation.com
Condolences may be left for the family at www.markmemorial.com