James Ernest

After a valiant battle with cancer, the Latham family announces the passing of James Ernest Latham. The web of support and love for Jim during the final stages of his life was truly remarkable. He was never alone in the process and even during the most difficult times he somehow managed to take care of those who took care of him. Jim felt that he was “lucky in life” beyond his wildest dreams, and because he believed it, he truly was. He will be forever loved by his wife Freddy (nee Lowe), daughter Megan, and son Steven. They will always be the 4 Jolly Lathams. He will also be fondly remembered and deeply missed by his brothers Bob (Linda) and Bernie, sister Joan (Bob), brother-in-law Ron, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and his Cultus Lake family Elaine, Minda, Michael, Cedar, and Kasey Chittenden, as well as his feline friend Murray. Jim was predeceased by his parents Ernie (Papa) and Marg (Gramma), and many great friends including Harold (Oscar to his Felix). He was a consummate educator whose passion for learning led him to a distinguished career in Public Education (Trail, Abbotsford, Hope-Agassiz, and Chilliwack). He was a treasured colleague and valued mentor who treated everyone he encountered with dignity and respect. Jim’s positive energy and upbeat attitude remain a part of his legacy. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday June 11 at 1:30 pm at The Rancho, 35110 Delair Road in Abbotsford. If you plan to attend, we encourage you to arrive early and to carpool if possible as parking may be limited. Donations will be accepted in lieu of flowers in person on June 11, 2016 for the Jim Latham Scholarship or at https://www.gofundme.com/26tcnjqs.

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