JAMES (JIM) ASPIN
Passed away November 5th, 2012 in his 90th year, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary, his daughters Valerie and husband Brian, Susan and husband Chris, his grandchildren Lisa (Adam), Michael (Kristina), Kaileigh-Anne and Connor.
Jim was born in Kent, England in 1922 and spent all of his childhood playing on the barges around Milton Creek (England). He gained a scholarship to Sheerness Technical School and subsequently Sheerness Dock Yard. When the war broke out, he spent his time making torpedo tubes for destroyers and cruisers and later on repairing engines and servicing submarines. With the war still on, he joined the deep sea salvage tug, St. Clears, whose job was to pull in torpedoed ships from the North Sea, Dover Straits and the English Channel, commonly known as ''Hell's Corner''. He then joined the Deep Sea ships and travelled around the world rising to the rank of Second Engineer. In 1946, his ship the Samwash, came into Vancouver where he met and married Mary Walley, the love of his life. From there he joined the Canadian National Steamships, the Prince George and the Prince Rupert, advancing to the position of Chief Engineer. These ships ran from Vancouver to Skagway, Alaska. In 1954, the Governor General appointed him as Ship Inspector and he then served in Vancouver, St. Catharines, Ottawa, Montreal and back to St. Catharines, where he retired as a Senior Surveyor at the age of 75. He retired to Kingston and used to spend an hour every day at the Loyal Oarsman, drinking his favourite Tennants beer. He was 89 years old. What a life!!
Family and friends will be received at the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Homes - Township Chapel - 435 Davis Drive (Taylor Kidd Blvd. and Centennial Drive), on Friday, November 9, 2012 from 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be celebrated in our chapel on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Final place of Rest Christ Church Cemetery, Oso.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary, 2060 Concession Road 7, Pickering, Ontario L1Y 1A2 (www.second- chance.ws) would be appreciated.
Thursday November 8, 2012
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