February 22, 1950 – March 18, 2021
It is with broken hearts and immense sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Jim. He was taken too soon, but heaven has received a pure, and loving heart. His greatest joys were his wife, Kathy and his family.
Jim is predeceased by his parents, Charles and Jeune. He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathy McNay-Dudley, stepchildren Kristian Biffen, Shaun Biffen and Paul McNay; grandchildren, twins Brooklyn and Braxton Schramm (8 yrs) and Saylor June Biffen (15 mos).
He is also survived by his siblings Linda (husband Murray Dodds), Carrie (husband Bob Burton), Bob (fiancé Janine Webber), Steve (fiancé Natalie McGarry) and Jeff. He is also survived by Aunt Flo Legebowkow and Uncle Eric Dudley, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
Jim grew up in North Surrey, BC. He loved nature and outdoor family trips helped to instill his interests in camping, fishing, skiing, swimming, running and hiking. He was a Queen Scout, a phenomenal athlete and a man who dedicated his life to helping others.
He attended North Surrey Sr. Sec. and excelled at basketball where he earned many awards and recognitions including school records that stood for many years. He attended Spokane Community College and later Western Washington University where he was voted the Most Inspirational Player.
Jim attained an education degree and returned to BC to teach at Wannock Elem., Garibaldi High School, and later at North Surrey and Fleetwood High Schools. Jim shaped and mentored many people. His empathy, unique sense of humor and genuine care always helped his students (and family) strive to become better people. He touched thousands of people in his life, and have left an indelible mark on each and every one of us.
Jim loved to create and build, and spent many hours making his homes cherished places for his loved ones. He loved animals, especially dogs, and treasured his first “Mickey” … to his last, “Addie”.
He enjoyed travelling and preferred tropical places such as Australia, Mexico, Honduras; and Florida where he met the love of his life, Kathy. They eventually settled in the Clearwater Beach area, and Jim worked for the Pinellas County school district. He retired in 2018, and they moved to Mrytle Beach in South Carolina to enjoy retirement together.
We are all devastated by the loss of Jim, but he will be forever loved and remembered in the hearts of his family and friends. A celebration of his life will be planned when family members and friends are able to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian or American Heart Foundation would be greatly appreciated.
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