of Looney Bin Toys
Jim passed away suddenly after a brief illness with cancer. James Daniel Preus was born in Edmonton on August 7, 1938. Predeceased by his parents Rader and Ione, son Brian and daughter Cindy. He is survived by his wife Gail, daughter Bonnie (Cory), son Peter, step-daughter Alexandra, granddaughter Lindsey, grandsons Christopher and Daniel and great grandson Aidan. Brothers Esmond, Rudy and Dick, sisters Karen and Marilyn and many nieces and nephews as well
as his aunt Nadine.
Jim was a naval cadet and after graduating high school, Jim joined the Navy, where he spent 8 years. Then after that he worked for logging companies as a driller and blaster building roads. Jim always loved woodworking and after he retired he spent all his time making wonderful wooden toys for kids. He also made replicas of logging equipment for what he called his big boy’s toys. Many children in BC, across Canada, Austrailia, Germany and Great Britain have been the recipient of his toys. Jim loved his dogs, but had a special fondness for his orange cat, Gus (also known as his orange dog,
as the cat followed him everywhere).
Services will be held on Saturday, January 29th at 2:00 pm at Comox Valley Funeral Home, Cremation & Reception Centre, 1101 Ryan Road, Courtenay. For those who wish, donations to the SPCA Box 1284, Comox, BC V9N 7Z8 or a charity of your choice
would be appreciated.