James Holden

James Holden

Monday, March 30th, 1942 Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

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Obituary for James Norman Holden

James passed peacefully in the early hours of the morning on October 27, 2020 with his wife at his side. He leaves to mourn and remember, his loving family, wife Betty, daughter Debbie (Don), grandsons Kelvin and Derek, son Jim, grandson Dustin, sister Kathleen, sisters in law Elfrieda and Mary, brother in law Edward, many wonderful nieces and nephews, as well as treasured friends.

Jim was born in Vancouver to Beatrice and Norman Holden and attended Kitsilano High School. He worked for Fleck Brothers and then was Purchasing Manager for Vancouver General Hospital. In 1978 he moved to Victoria as Purchasing Manager of Royal Jubilee Hospital and then Director of Material Management for G.V.H.S. Later he formed his own company, Optima Management, providing inventory management services within the health care sector. Health issues forced an early retirement.

There was an instant connection when Betty and Jim first met and they were married in Kauai on October 28 1981, and lived their best life in Victoria.

Jim's joys in life were boating, gardening, cooking, music, science fiction, dogs, playing poker, chocolate and afternoon naps.

Jim bravely faced his many health challenges with courage, humility and his wonderful smile.

Grateful thanks to Drs. D. Hamilton, F Edora, H Domke, the staff at Mt. Tolmie Hospital, and the Summit for their excellent care, compassion and kindness. Thanks also to family and friends for their unwavering love and support at this time and during Jim's many years of relentless illness.

There will be no service at his request. In lieu of flowers donations to the Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Rest in peace, you were dearly loved and will be forever in our hearts.

"Though we need to weep your loss
You dwell in that safe place in our hearts.
Where no storm or night or pain can reach you."
- John O'Donohue

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There will be no service at his request. In lieu of flowers donations to the Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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Clarence Gray

I woke up this morning with Jim and my mind and then discovered his obituary online. I am so sad to hear this. He was always a dear friend and neighbour and will not forgot his advice and sharing of stories that helped me. You’ve been through so much. Many hugs and much sympathy to you Betty and family. Take care.
Comment | Posted at 09:26pm via Condolence

Jean Stankov

A very kind man, condolences to the family on the loss of your dear one.
Sincerely, Jean Stankov
Comment | Posted at 06:43pm via Condolence

Peter and Heather Warwick

It has been 46 years that I have known Jim and I always appreciated his enthusiasm for work, for friends and for play (such as boats!) He made us think and he made us laugh at the world and also laugh at ourselves. He will be sorely missed. It is impossible to imagine a world without Jim

Peter and Heather
Comment | Posted at 12:55pm via Condolence

Hazel Waters

My heartfelt condolences to Betty and Jim’s family from a former neighbour on Parkside. I have thought of you often over the years and still have the Kauai travel book you gave me, remembering your hearty recommendation. I regret I didn’t know of the challenges Jim faced after moving from the “hood” but I can see his smile in my mind and was fondly reminded by the pictures posted. Take good care Betty. Xo. Hazel
Comment | Posted at 10:36pm via Condolence

Our friendship spanned 72 years. Many fun and exciting times in our teenage years. We always contacted each other on our birthdays . Lots of many great memories which I will never forget.
I’m thinking of you Betty at this sad time. Thank you for phoning me. Rest In Peace Jim. Zan
Comment | Posted at 04:00pm via Condolence

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