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By R.C. Tino Bella
James Matthew Poyner
Jim was born July 6, 1939 in Peterborough, Ontario
to Al and Bea Poyner. He passed away March 14,
2016 at St. Paul’s Hospital, with family members at
his side. Jim’s life was filled with many outstanding
achievements and memorable events.
Jim’s father, Al, a teacher by training, found that
in the challenging economic climate that prevailed
around the time of Jim’s birth, it was easier to earn a living as a salesman.
His mother, Bea, a registered nurse, assisted Al in his sales efforts, which
involved a variety of products over the years. The result was several moves
back and forth across the country, with time spent in Victoria, London and
Vancouver. During the next ten years, the Poyner family expanded to
include brother Eric (1941), who tragically passed away at the age of seven,
and sisters Colleen (1945) and Deirdre (1950).
During his youth Jim had a variety of interests which included playing
football and baseball on his high school team in London, and singing and
performing in theatre, all of which he did exceedingly well. His good looks
and charm caused the young ladies to show considerable interest in him
and Jim was usually receptive. Beginning at a young age he always had a
job and never shied away from hard work. It seemed, throughout his life,
the harder the task, the more he enjoyed the challenge.
Upon Jim’s graduation from high school, his mother—concerned about
his keen attention to the social scene, which included (from mom’s point
of view) a worrisome relationship with an attractive young woman—
insisted that he leave London and take up studies at UBC, which he did.
Jim then began focusing more on his studies and, at every level of university,
placed in the top part of his class. His singing and theatrical skills sur-