Dr. James Bruce Draper (70) passed away peacefully in his home at Christina Lake, BC on Saturday, November 26. Jim was surrounded by his family and leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Donna; daughters Lesa (George), Kriste (Justin), Janet (Milan), and Diana;
sons-in-law George Renner, Justin Laragione, Milan Trpin; grandchildren Abi and Riley Renner, Finn and Banyan Laragione, Mateo and Ruby Trpin; sister, Cathy Alcee. Jim was predeceased three weeks prior by his brother John Draper.
Jim was born in Vancouver and grew up across Canada. His dad worked for The Bay
and they moved every year and a half. He met
Donna in Montreal during his senior year in high school. Jim earned a Business degree in
Accounting, a Dental Degree, and a Masters in Education. Jim loved hockey all his life and was part of the Castlegar Minor Hockey Association and President of the Castlegar Rebels. He also served on multiple boards and owned several businesses over the course of his 28 years in Castlegar. Jim served as coroner in Castlegar and officiated at many weddings during his 10 years as a marriage commissioner. He loved doing weddings and has enjoyed many visits from
“his couples” and their children over the years.
Jim loved singing and acting and was a member of Nelson Barbershoppers, Rossland Light Opera, Boundary Musical Theater and the United Church Choirs for many years in both Castlegar and Christina Lake.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to the Castlegar Public Library. Donations are being received at Mallard’s Source for Sports in Castlegar. There will be a celebration of life for Jim at The Little Bear Golf Course January 14, 2017 from 1-3 pm. All are welcome to come and celebrate with the family.