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Over the past ten years or so, Jim had to deal with some extremely serious
health issues. It seemed as if he would just finish one life-threatening
battle when he would be hit with the next. Jim was not a religious person
but at some time he must have gazed heavenward and asked: “Come on,
can’t you pick on somebody else for a while?” If he didn’t say that, many of
us were thinking it. Jim had an indomitable spirit. He was extremely determined
(some would say stubborn) and had an incredible will to live. Most
of us would not have survived prostate cancer, blood cancer and thyroid
cancer, but Jim did. He not only survived but he thrived. He was determined
to live life to the fullest, to travel, to golf, to spend time with his family
and indeed he did all of those things, and he did them all with a smile
on his face. Anyone who had contact with Jim in the last ten years would
have been hard-pressed to notice that he was suffering in any way. He
looked great and he was always cheerful and upbeat and that was true till
the end, which for Jim came on November 29, 2017.
Yes, it seems that even in the ambulance on the way to the hospital Jim
was chatting to the attendants, telling them how he loved his family and
was so proud of his children and grandchildren.
That’s how we choose to remember Jim. A perfect golf trip with friends,
a perfect last vacation with Nola to Mexico and talking about his wonderful
family until his last breath. May he rest in peace.
Hon. William MacDonald and Glen Orris, Q.C.
1. Kim Bolan, “Long-Time Judge Jim Jardine Remembered
as ‘a Lawyers’ Lawyer’”, The Vancouver Sun
(5 December 2017), online: <http://vancouversun.
2. As The Peak reported at the time: “Jardine was with
SFU’s football team at its inception, recruited by the
Clan’s founding athletic director, Lorne Davies, who
was on hand at the ceremony as well. Despite being
brought in as quarterback, Jardine switched to
defensiveback where he’d anchor the Clan’s secondary
throughout his college career. The Clan’s original
Minister of Defence became a BC provincial court
judge after graduation”: Adam Van der Zwan, “SFU
Inducts 2014 Hall of Fame Class”, The Peak (7 April
2014), online: <the-peak.ca/2014/04/sfu-inducts-
3. See “New Judge: The Honourable Judge James W.
Jardine” (1997) 55 Advocate 759.
4. Supra note 1.