James Walter Ralph Runciman
passed away peacefully on October 18, 2012 at the Lodge on 4th in Ladysmith, B.C.
We wish to recognize and celebrate the life of a special man imbued with a passionate spirit, deep sense of humanity, keen appreciation of humor, love of music, unyielding sense of commitment and a selfless dedication to the service of others. All these things were what made up his soul, were what meant the most to him and were what he shared with all those whose lives he touched.
“Jim” emigrated from his native Scotland as a young boy, settling with his family in southeast Saskatchewan. He served his country in Europe during World War II, and returned to earn a degree in municipal administration that led to a long and exemplary career in both Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
We saw his soul in his love, his compassion and as a devoted husband to his loyal wife of sixty-seven years; Ann.
We saw his soul in his unwavering dedication to and support of his three children Scott (Carol) Runciman, Sandi Runciman and Bruce (Kiran) Runciman.
We saw his soul in his loving and caring commitment to his grandchildren Jennifer, Brett, Mhari and Ewan, and great-grandchildren Michaela and Riley.
We saw his soul in his deep, sustained connection over the years with his brother Mac and sister Joan.
We saw his soul in his devotion and dedication to his friends that meant so much to him and that he held close to his heart.
And we saw his soul in his optimistic, unselfish, humbly passionate commitment to contributing to both his community and the society that surrounded him through his career, charities, United Church membership and a long, fruitful association with the Rotary Club of Ladysmith.
A private family service will be held in Ladysmith.
We encourage all who knew Jim and whose lives he touched to honour the memory of his spirit through doing a good deed, reaching out to someone in need or volunteering your time in support of a local cause that will appreciate and benefit from your contribution.