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James Block

August 27, 1954 - October 21, 2016

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Jim Block passed away on October 21st shortly after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Jim was born in Edmonton Alberta, the son of Ivy and Delmar Block. He spent his early adult years gold panning and living in a rustic cabin in the Yukon where he apparently shared his abode with a Chipmunk and a Jay. He enjoyed an occasional pint in the local tavern with the Yukon artist Ted Harrison. He attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology after his return to civilisation in Edmonton. He then returned to the land as a surveyor’s assistant, surveying places across Alberta for many years. He later became Recreation Facilities Manager for the Town of Devon. In 1981 he met his future wife Hayley and after owning a daycare business there, they moved with their 3-month old son Joshua to a Cobble Hill acreage on Vancouver Island in 1991. Jim purchased a company called D and D Sign Setters, working in the real estate industry on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Jim was a capable carpenter and leather-worker who crafted his own saddles for members of the family along with clothing and art. Fishing was his ‘get away’ hobby that he shared with his son Joshua. Jim and Josh were both members of the Cowichan Fly Fishing Club. Jim helped countless young anglers to get their fly fishing technique out of the classroom and onto the water. Jim is survived by his mother Ivy Block, sisters, Adell (Blize) and Bonnie (Chalmers) as well as brother Rob Block. A patient gentleman, Jim will be missed by many especially his son Joshua, his grandson Dominic, Stacey and Hayley. Jim has graduated to the great wilderness in the sky where the rivers run free and the fish are plentiful!

There is a place for innocence and free spirit;
It flows in the rivers over flat stones in the bed.
The trout and birds and mountains are witness
To the chill waters and the chatter of the creek.
A fish rises and follows the fly;
‘Our Jim passed by’, they whisper in the wind.

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From: paula foot
Relation: ex son in law

Jim, your passing out of our lives for the second time in a way, is difficult, but I am so glad we saw you before you left on this final journey. Thank you for being such a wonderful uncle to the kids and for your wit and wisdom and playfulness. You were always there for Joshua, and we admired your fortitude and compassion. He can’t do better than being a chip off the old Block! We hope the fishing is good, and know that you will be inspiring and looking out for Dom from wherever you are.

From: Lesley Joy
Relation: I taught his son Joshua

Dear Joshua and Hayley, I’m sorry to read of your loss of Jim. He was a good help to me when I started teaching at Sunrise and, all round, a good fellow. Joshua – I know you have the best of him in you; to work with daily and to pass on to your offspring. He’ll be with you – especially when you go fishing! Take care. Love from Lesley.

From: Gordon and Laila Craddock
Relation: Friends

Our deepest sympathy, we were sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.

From: Gerry Burke and Judy Green
Relation: back in the day

Judy and I never will forget the big smile of Jim Block , back in the day he was there with bright eyes wanting to share.. like something big was about to happen.. and he was including you.It was all about sharing back then.. the movement was happening.. and we were all in it together.see you on the other side.Jimbo.

From: Inez Louden
Relation: Jim put up my sign posts

My condolences to Jim’s family for the loss of a great man. I am one of many Realtors Jim put up For Sale posts for since he started D & D Sign Setters. Jim called me after installing my sign post telling me it was his last day because he was diagnosed with cancer – we had such a heart warming conversation and I am so grateful for that. Jim was consciencious, reliable, very personable and is missed greatly. Inez Louden

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