James “Jim” Piper

James "Jim" Piper

Jun 8, 1943 – Oct 19, 2017
James (Jim) Piper

It is with heavy hearts that the family of James (Jim) Piper announce his passing on October 19, 2017 at the age of 74 years. Jim was predeceased by both his parents, Maybelle  and Frederick Piper.

Jim moved from Waterville,Quebec to Terrace with is wife (Betty) and children (Keith & Krystal) in 1972. When he wasn’t installing cable for CFTK Television, Jim could be found at the Thornhill Volunteer Fire Department, where he was Chief from 1976-1984, or singing and playing music at one of the many dances and venues in the region. With a generous heart, Jim volunteered much of his time to help his many friends and the community of Thornhill. He was responsible for the Thornhill Community Centre, was a Fire Marshall, fought forest fires, and continuously worked to make Thornhill the best community possible.

In 1984, Jim and his family, including two of his three newly “adopted” children (Gabriela, Sabina & Andrew), moved to Ontario  to be closer to extended family. In 2000, Jim and Betty moved back to Terrace, followed by two of his children, where he remained until the end.

Jim spent his last years on this earth helping his friends, playing music, and loving his family.

Jim touched many lives with his teasing ways, his huge heart, and his open arms. He has left many people who love him, including his wife of 51 years, Betty, his older sister Margaret, his children, Keith (Krystyna), Krystal (Chad), Gaby (Mike), Sabina (Doug), and Andrew (Janelle), his grandchildren, Kaz (Megan), Xzavyyr, Trillium, Topaz,

Amethyst, Onyx, Luca, Karla, Jacquie, John, Danny, Chanice, Jacob, his great-grandchildren: Mikayla, Aurora, Violet, brother in laws, sister in laws, numerous nieces and nephews and countless others that have come into Jim’s life that he considered family. 

A celebration of life will be held November 5th at 1 pm at the Thornhill Volunteer Fire Department. 

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to the TFVD.

Monies collected  will be used to purchase pet oxygen masks.

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