James "Jim" Robert Austin
August 17th, 2022
Jim Austin, beloved husband, father, brother, and grandfather, passed away on August 17, 2022.
Born in 1934, Jim was raised on a farm near Delburne, Alberta, and left at an early age to make his way to Whitehorse, Yukon. He became an employee of Canadian Pacific Airlines, and he worked for the company for over 31 years as a licenced aircraft maintenance engineer. He was based in various cities and spent some time working on the DEW line. He took early retirement after spending a few years in management.
Jim and his wife June loved the north, and spent as much time as possible enjoying outdoor activities; canoeing, hiking, fishing, and hunting. After retirement, they began to spend winters in Arizona. They travelled in their motorhome across the southern US but spent most of their time in the south-west. As travel became more difficult, they settled in Yuma.
In 1997 they left the north and moved to Vernon, BC. They spent the next 25 years in the community of Desert Cove where they made many lasting friendships.
Jim leaves behind wife June, sons Robert and Charles, grandchildren Hailey, Amelia, Maya, and Josh, and great granddaughter Leona.
Dear June We are so saddened by Jim’s passing and extend to you our deepest condolences . We have many memories of our interactions with Jim in Whitehorse. He was always a gentleman and he was very special. June we hope you will have family and friends to comfort you through this trying time. With all our love, Ralph & Jen