It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of James (Jim) Black in his 97th year. Jim was born in Montreal to Agnes and James Black (predeceased). He was also predeceased by his brother Jack and eldest son, Ian. Jim’s first wife, Edna, (predeceased) was mother to his five children. He is survived by Diana, his wife and best friend, sister Moira, sons Alan and Fraser, daughters Daintry and Wendy and 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Jim had a good life and worked most of his career with The Molson Companies, 1949-1995 where he rose from auditor to Chairman of the Board. As well as serving on the boards of several other major corporations, he was Past Chairman of Petro-Canada and Canron Inc.
Jim held honorary doctorates from the University of New Brunswick, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Calgary. He was also associated with many organizations including Junior Achievement, Pearson College of the Pacific and The Business Council on National Issues. He was past Chairman of The Niagara Institute, and the Canadian Manufacturers Association. He was a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He received an Order of Canada in 1989 reflecting a life devoted to business and to the betterment of all Canadians.
During his time in Victoria, he was a member of Uplands Probus Club and The Executive Resource Group and appreciated the visits from fellow members and friends during his illness.
Jim was a proud Canadian and to the end he remained humble and thankful for the opportunities life had afforded him. We shall miss his quirky sense of humour- and his smile. Rest well Jimmy, you have left a legacy reflected in the life you so willingly gave to the betterment of all.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 10:00am in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens Funeral Home, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC.
Our thanks to Dr. Rosenberg and staff and to Victoria Comfort Keepers for their care and compassion during the last years of his life.
Thank you to McCall Gardens Funeral Home for taking care of Jim and us.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to your favorite charity would be appreciated.
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Rick and Carol Mean
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