Burden, James “Jim” William

BURDEN, JAMES WMay 21, 1931 – November 5, 2015
at the age of 84 years

James William (Jim) Burden, a long time resident of Salmon Arm, passed away unexpectedly on the 5th of November 2015 at the age of 84. Jim is mourned by his wife of 61 years, Hazel Norene, his son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Catherine, and his two grandchildren, Alexander and Liz. Jim was predeceased by his daughter Carol in 2014. Born 25 May 1931 in Chilliwack, Jim was the youngest of 12 children. In 1954, Jim and Norene were married in Abbotsford, and then moved to Prince George, where he worked his trade installing heating systems and then for the City of Prince George. They returned to the coast to be closer to family and Jim accepted a position as Superintendent of Public Works for the City of Langley. In 1968, they moved to Salmon Arm and Jim worked at Salmon Arm Sheet Metal and then at Drew’s Sawmill until his retirement. Jim was an avid pilot and he and Norene were active members of the Salmon Arm Flying Club for many years. He loved fishing and spent many happy days with Norene on their favorite lakes. Jim was a very social person, and will be greatly missed by his many friends in the Salmon Arm community. No service by request. Flowers gratefully declined.


  1. Thanks Jim for giving me all those afternoon rides to Drew Sawmills in Malakwa back in the summer of 1977. You were a smooth, safe driver; and you fit in that canary yellow VW rabbit! Even with your hard hat on ! I’d never seen double clutching done on a small car before! Dan you inherited a good set of driving and flying skills. I learned from Jim that working daily at a monotonous physically demanding job, wasn’t so bad if you could stay cheerful and keep your sights on « hump day », which Jim always announced on Wednesday at the beginning of the drive to work.

  2. Mrs Burden, Dan and family,
    I am so sorry for your sudden loss. I was shocked when I read of his passing in the paper because I had recently spoken to him coming into Lakeside. I will miss his, banter and teasing of me in the country kitchen there. I always enjoyed my chats with him. He will be missed.
    May God bless you during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts.
    Heather ( and Mary and Al )

  3. Noreen,
    We are thinking of you and Danny & family.
    Deepest sympathy, Elizabeth, Michael, Cameron, and Lindsay

  4. Hi Noreen, I was surprised and saddened when I read about Jim,s death in the Lakeshore News. His was usually the first face I saw when I came over to visit. I hope you are ok. Your (very) old friend Shirley Cumberland

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