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James Lyons

June 8, 1942 - June 6, 2016


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved “Mr. Lovely” after complications from a blood infection. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Elinore;  son Corey (Marie) Lyons,  grandsons,  Aidan and Riley;  daughter Karin (Glen) Pedneault,  granddaughters,  Gabrielle (Gabby) and Paige.    He is also survived by siblings, Evalyn Wood, Richard (Donna) Lyons, Lana (Doug) Esau, Lorne (Natasha) Lyons and many nieces and nephews.  Jim was born in Penticton and was predeceased by parents Alex and Ethel Lyons.  He was Director of Accounting for over 20 years a the University of the Fraser Valley (formerly Fraser Valley College) and retired in early 2000.  Jim was a long time member of the B.C. Hot Rod Association and his love of cars was second only to his love for family and grandchildren.  He was Treasurer for the Historic Downtown Abbotsford Car Show Society for over 10 years and was very active in the organizing of its annual car show.  Jim was the ‘go to’ guy and his shop was always open to friends who just wanted  to visit or had a little question to ask.    He was never afraid to tackle a problem for them or to take on a challenge such as restoring a jukebox or wiring their cars.    Jim seemed to be able to fix anything.   He will be terribly missed by all his family and friends.  A Celebration of Life is being held on Monday, July 18th at The Rancho, 35110 Delair Road, Abbotsford from 2 to 5 pm.  In lieu of flowers, a donation to the B.C. Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.


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From: John & Carolyne Reitz
Relation: Close personal friend

MR. LOVELY, From the first time that we met you were part of our heart!
We could always count on you to make us smile and with your cheerful disposition not one thing ever brought you down. Great Hot Rodding trips, we could always count on you to keep us entertained! through our car problems and your miss haps, (breaking down in the tunnel after the Red Deer Super Cruise) You never let situations get you down! Wonderful Sea Cruises, (THE SHEET FAMILY), seeing Alaska and The Panama Canal together. MAUI, ALL such fun times that we will cherish forever in our hearts. Jim always like to party and be first, however I am sure this was NOT on his list of things to be FIRST at !!!!
Jim, rest in peace, until we meet again,

From: helen and bill hellofs
Relation: Neighbour/friend/landlord

Dear Elinor (and family). We were shocked and so sad to read the obit for Jim in today’s Province. We find it hard to believe that such a full of life, talented man as Jim is no longer with us. We would want to be at the El Rancho on the 18th to celebrate his good life, Elinor, except that we leave that day for a Baltic Cruise. Thru’out the trip, tho, we will be talking about our great memories of Jim – the projects he and Bill worked on; his wonderful sense of humour and happy manner (his picture in the paper brings that all back today); our fondues!, and the fact that you came all the way here for Bill’s 50th birthday party (the kids sure loved your car!). Oh and remember how, after we left Burnaby, little Cory used to refer to our 2 sons as if they were one person (“Curt-Dickie”) Those were such happy days. We will be thinking of you often and hope we can get together soon after our trip. Much love and prayers for you in this awful time. Helen and Bill.

From: Dick Bate
Relation: UCFV colleague

To Ellenor and family,
Barbara and I send to you our condolences in Jim’s passing. We both knew Jim as a valued colleague both in the days of FVC and UCFV. He was a great guy to work with, always positive, cheerful, supportive and funny. He was a problem solver and always helpful to the Luddites like me who were struggling to enter the computer age. Jim was a very bright man. I saw Jim a few times post retirement usually at car shows and once again he impressed me with his lovely and cheerful demeanor.
We extend our thoughts to you at this time and wish you and the whole family well in the future.
Regards, Dick and Barbara Bate

From: Adele (Abernethy) Friend
Relation: Former coworker

Elinor and family
I was so shocked and saddened to read of Jim’s passing. I worked at FVC/UCFV with Jim for many years. He could always make me laugh and I found him to be thoughtful and kind. We had a good rapport between us and I enjoyed our many chats. My deepest sympathies to you all.

Service Schedule

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Date & Time:
July 18, 2016
Beginning at 2:00pm

The Rancho
35110 Delair Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

35110 Delair Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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