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James (Jim) Greenwood

March 16, 1947 – May 31, 2023

It is with a broken heart that I announce the passing of my beloved husband, James (Jim) Greenwood on May 31, 2023, in his 77th year, at Bridge Hospice in Warkworth, Ontario. Jim was predeceased by his father, James Greenwood, mother Emily (Mills), and brother John Greenwood, from Manchester, England. Jim was so loved and will be terribly missed by me, his wife Karen (Archbell), step-children Maggie and Adam Lichter (Alison Carr), granddaughter Evelyn Rose (Evie) Lichter, and nephews and nieces both in England and in the U.S. Jim will be sadly missed by the many good and loyal friends from all over the world that he made during his lifetime.

Jim was born in Manchester, England, and came to Yukon in 1973 at the age of 26 to work as a millwright at Cyprus Anvil and subsequently in construction in Faro. He later worked briefly in BC and finally, worked for approximately 15 years with the City of Whitehorse as senior mechanical maintenance before retiring. Prior to coming to Canada, he apprenticed at Mather and Platt in the UK and in his spare time, went rock climbing around the UK and continental Europe. He was an avid outdoorsman and in addition to rock climbing, loved to ski, hike, canoe, dive and camp. He and a friend once spent 3 months canoeing the Yukon River from Whitehorse to the Bering Sea. Other passions included archery and target shooting. He was a long-standing member of the Whitehorse Rifle and Pistol Club. In his later years he and Karen travelled around Canada with many trips to the east coast to visit family.

Jim had that wonderful British sense of humour, was very mischievous, and saw the best in those around him. He was known for his kindness, his generosity of spirit, and his willingness to lend a hand to anyone who needed it.

As per Jim’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date, to be announced.

Comments (2)

Karina on Aug 6, 2023 at 5:47 pm

Hi Karen,

I just learned of Jim's passing yesterday. I'm so sorry hear about this news. I imagine him now having a good laugh with my parents George and Oli up in heaven. I knew Jim as Uncle Jim as a child as he spent many holidays with our small family. It was nice to see him during the summer of 2020 when we travelled back to Whitehorse after my mom's passing. He was a kind, lovely man that will forever be in my memories.

Paul Stefanovich on Jul 30, 2023 at 8:51 pm

Hello Karen,
I'm the brother of Jims friend Vic and was just informed of his passing by Greg. Jim and Vic started working at Faro about the same time and became good friends who over the years shared many adventures in the Yukon. I visited Victor about 1980 and went on a canoe trip down the Teslin and Yukon river with Jim as well as a few forays into Alaska and other parts of the Yukon. I really enjoyed his company so am deeply saddened of his passing so soon after my brothers.
Commiserations on your loss and I wish you and your family all the best in the future.
Regards Paul.

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