James (JIm) Forrest

August 19, 1931 – October 5, 2015


Jim’s family is sad to announce his sudden but peaceful passing on October 5.

He was born of Scottish parents in Singapore, Malaysia, and educated in Glasgow. After doing his national service with the Scots Greys in occupied Germany, he emigrated to Canada, where he eventually took an electrical apprenticeship in Ocean Falls, B.C. It was in Ocean Falls that he met his future wife Susan (nee Selbie), and where his two children were born. Later, the family lived in Kelowna before moving to Castlegar in the mid 1970s. For many years Jim worked on heavy construction though the IBEW union, participating in the building of the Waneta Mall, the 7-Mile Dam, rebuilds at Celgar, Cominco and Skookumchuk pulp mill, coal mines and gas pipe lines near Fernie, plus a number of schools, hospitals, and other mines.

Jim was proud of his Scottish heritage, but equally proud of his Canadian citizenship. He was a real history buff, with a special interest in railway and naval history. But his main love was for his family.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Susan, his daughter Patricia and son-in -law Christopher Huffam, his son Douglas, and grandchildren James Huffam, Ian Huffam, and Amanada Huffam.

Rest in peace.

There will be no service at this time, but there will probably be a memorial celebration at a future date.

Any donations would be appreciated, to the charity of your choice, but, should you be interested, Jim’s favourites were the SPCA, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the BC Wildlife Federation.Thanks.