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James Bromley

Jim Bromley

Wednesday, July 12th, 1922 - Saturday, July 13th, 2019
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Obituary

James Duncan Boyne Bromley

July 12, 1922 – July 13, 2019

We have lost a good man.

Jim passed away the day after his 97th birthday having enjoyed a long and full life.

He is survived by Jackie, his beloved wife of almost 69 years, his children David (Kelly), Susan (Peter)
and John (Verlee), seven grandchildren, Diane (A.J.), Debbie, Daniel (Kelly), Jim, Stephen, Sean and
David and a great granddaughter Adaline.

Jim was born in Webbwood, Ontario into a railroading family and after obtaining his BASc (Civ) in 1946
from the University of Toronto he continued the family tradition and joined the CPR. He started as a transitman and rose through the ranks to the position of Executive Vice-President for Western Canada. In 1990, he was named Transportation Person of the Year by the B.C. & Yukon Transportation Industry for “Personal Achievement and Outstanding Contribution to the Transportation Industry”. He retired that same year.

His career took him and his family to Sudbury, North Bay, Toronto, Smith Falls, Schreiber, Toronto (again) and finally Vancouver. Wherever he worked, he earned the respect of others as an exceptional railroader who was tough but fair. He was famous for his vice grip handshake. His job often meant he was away from home but he had the love and support of Jackie and he knew that his successful career would not have been possible without her.

Jim was not one to blow his own horn but led by the example he set for honour and integrity both at work and in his personal life.

He was a great athlete. At university, he played varsity hockey, football, rugby and participated in track and field. In his graduating year his classmates selected him for the Most Outstanding Athletic Services to the University and Faculty Award.

He played hockey into his 90’s and any opponent soon learned to stay away from his elbows! For many years, he was an enthusiastic participant in the Snoopy’s World Hockey Tournament in Santa Rosa, often joined by his son David and Jim’s best friend and co-worker Bob Morrish.

A longtime member of Capilano Golf and Country Club, he loved the game and continued to play until he
was 92.

Jim loved his grandchildren and he and Jackie were enthusiastic supporters of all their activities, attending countless hockey, ringette, lacrosse and baseball games.

He was generous to a fault. For many years he donated annually to at least 43 diverse charities. If you wish to honour his memory, you can follow his example and make a donation to the charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank Dad’s caregivers of the last several years and the home care nurses who helped make his last days easier. They are all wonderful people.

An informal reception in his honour will be held on Sunday, July 21st from 3 to 5pm at 1905 Peters Road, North Vancouver, B.C..
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Service Details

  • Informal Reception

    Sunday, July 21st, 2019 | 3:00pm
    When
    Sunday, July 21st, 2019 3:00pm
    Location
    Bromley Residence
    Address
    1905 Peters Road
    North Vancouver, British Columbia V7J1Z1
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    Reception will start at 3 PM and end at 5 PM.
  • Interment

    Location
    Capilano View Cemetery
    Address
    1490 Third Street
    WEST VANCOUVER, BC V7S 2Y2
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Doug Biden

Posted at 01:16pm
Our condolences to Jackie and the Bromley family. We are deeply saddened to hear of Jim's passing. We will always remember Jim's passion for sports, dedication to CPR and his friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time
Harry & Gayle & Doug Biden
DA

Dennis Apedaile

Posted at 12:43am
Dealing with Jim over 20 years at work was always a tough and positive experience. He did
things others found difficult. Strong and principled with a big heart. I know colleagues
Barry Scott and Bill Wilson would agree, and more. He deserved a good life and had it !
Dennis Apedaile
CS

Christy Smith

Posted at 07:54pm
To the Bromley family. Even though we were 40 years apart to the day, Jim and I we were kindred spirits! Sending my condolences and love to all of you! I say one last time to Jim “Happy Birthday! Cheers!” Love, Christy
GP

Grant Phillips

Posted at 07:35pm
Our condolences to the Bromley family. Jim was an outstanding athlete and businessman and all who knew Jim agreed what an optimist he was. Jim was larger than life and always a set great example for all . More than anything, I respected Jim as a true
" Gentleman " .

Grant & Cindy Phillips
DH

Don Hamilton

Posted at 04:28pm
Dear Jackie and Family,
We are so sad to hear of the passing of Jim. He was a Great Teammate, Friend and a true Gentleman. Our prayers and Thoughts are with you and the family.

Valerie & Don Hamilton
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