James Harrison Van Tine

Jim was born at home on Ootsa Lake on July 27, 1927, nineth of 12 children to Ed and Madonna Van Tine. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 44 years, Arlene; his 5 children, Lynda (Bob) Peebles, Dana (Tom) Mackey, Sheri (Charlie) Peebles, Cathie (Alan) Ahlbrand, & Ron (Tanya) Van Tine; 12 grandchildren, Don Peebles, Mikel (Josh) Platt, Janice & Kirsten Klassen, Sheila, Jillian, Bailey, & Jesse Peebles, Xandria Ahlbrand, Ryann, Tyson, & Sydney Van Tine; and a great granddaughter Tahya. Sister Eleanor Anderson of Burns Lake, brothers Doug (Anetta) Van Tine of Enderby, Bill (Kirsten) Van Tine of White Rock, & George (Margorie) Van Tine of Sidney BC.

He was predeceased by his parents Edward and Madonna Van Tine, brothers Merle, Lawrence, Charles, & Leo, and sisters Ruth Gowans, Florence Hoegen, & Margaret Carlson.


Husband, father, grampa, brother and friend. Most would remember him from fishing days on Ootsa or Eutsuk Lake, his cherished fishing camp on Pondosy Bay in Tweedsmiur Park, hunting the bush country around Ootsa Lake and the southside of Francois Lake, and his meat shop and his home at Ootsa. The friends he made through a life of doing what he loved is too long to even imagine, but stretches throughout Canada, the US and into parts of Europe. The phone calls and the visitors he received when in the hospital during his last days are a testiment to that. He loved his family, and his home above all, and today his legacy, his morals, his deep love and respect for family, friends and the land continues. He will be remembered for his sense of humour, great story telling and as a practical joker. He loved Christmas, Easter, Valentines Day or any other reason to get the family or friends together to buy gifts, visit or just have a meal. He believed in Santa Claus and the Easter bunny until the end. He was a hard worker as known by anyone who knew him and as impatient and rough as he ever seemed to be while doing a hard task, you always knew that in the end he loved and enjoyed your company no matter what the circumstances. He instilled in his children his strong sense of cummunity spirit and positive regard for his friends, neighbours and all people and animals. He would do anything for a friend or anyone in need, including lend or give away anything he had. All you needed to do was ask. He loved what he did, was good at what he did, and he did what he loved. See ya Dad, we love you!

July 6, 1927 – April 18, 2009