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The train has left the station. Jim Kinghorn, RPF passed away peacefully at the home he built himself 60 years ago in Victoria. Jim will be remembered for his Holly Hedge Train which became a well-known landmark and as a generous neighbour and friend. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from UBC followed by his Master’s at Duke University. His career at the Pacific Forest Research Centre was focussed on containerized tree nursery technology. Forestry research was his passion for which he received many awards and a patent. Jim loved the outdoors and his tree farm in the Highlands where he spent many years clearing brush, building roads and raising Christmas trees. He enjoyed travelling and at age 63 got his pilot’s license. He was proud of his children and grandchildren and often told others about their accomplishments and activities.
Jim leaves to mourn his children Sharon (Grant) Macauley of Victoria and Russ (Marie) Kinghorn of Cranbrook, grandchildren Matt (Melissa), Jeff (Rosalind), Laura (James), Darryn (Stacey), Kevin (Midori) and Kelly (Joanna), great-grandchildren Josh, Duncan, Levi, Benjamin, Brayden, Cam, Mari, Kylie and Jacey, special nephew Bruce (Brenda) and their daughters Erin and Elise. Jim was predeceased by his wife Mary, sister Eleanor and his infant son Keith.
A celebration of Jim’s life and reception will be held at the Victoria Curling Club, 1952 Quadra Street at 2:00 pm, Friday February 21. In memory of Jim, please plant a tree and/or make a donation to the Red Cross or KCTS PBS-TV, organizations which he regarded highly.