James (Jim) Bruce London

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of Dr. Jim London. Jim passed away early on Sunday, January 13th, 2008.

He is survived by his wife, Doris, his three sons Dan (Barb), Dave (Kathy) and Anthony and his two beloved grandchildren: Rhys and Ronin.

Jim led, what can only be described, as an extraordinary and full life. His lifelong passion for education was first realized as a teacher in Langford before he became a Vice-Principal and Principal for Fort Nelson and Clearwater high schools.

After leaving the public school system, Jim continued to serve the causes of education teaching at Malaspina College and UVic. Recently he served on the Board for the Sooke School District.

Jim’s love of teaching was also expressed through countless coaching and management positions for the numerous sports teams in which he and his sons participated.

He was also a founding member of the Victoria Judo Club.

Jim’s dedication to community manifested itself in a variety of ways. He served as Langford’s first Mayor. He was the founding President of the Juan de Fuca Kinsman Club and recently served as President of the Rotary Club of Colwood.

Jim’s sense of adventure was legendary amongst those who knew him. From diving Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to circumventing Vancouver Island in his beloved sloop ‘Epiphany” and traveling far and wide on his motorcycle,

Jim was always on the lookout for new people to meet and exciting places see.

His business “Classic Memoirs” was an extension of his great interest in history and people. He was often fond of saying how assisting people with getting their personal histories on the page was even more enjoyable for him than it was for his clients. He loved recording the rich tapestry of their lives.

A memorial service followed by a reception is planned for Friday, January 18th at 2:00 pm at the Gordon United Church, 935 Goldstream Avenue in Langford. In lieu of flowers, donations of blood to the Canadian Blood Services would be greatly appreciated or alternatively donating to the Gordon United Church Memorial Fund.

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