William James


Year of Birth: 1948
Passed Away: February 21st, 2024

William James Young, affectionately known as Jim, peacefully passed away at his home on February 21, 2024, at the age of seventy-five. Born in McLellan, Alberta, Jim’s journey led him to touch countless lives, leaving an indelible mark wherever he went. He was beloved in his many roles of husband, brother, uncle, father, and ‘Papa.’

Jim was the beloved third sibling among seven, including five sisters and one younger brother. In his youth, Jim married his childhood sweetheart, Anna Novielli, in North Vancouver. Their loving union spanned an impressive fifty-six years. They were partners in everything in life from parenting, hobbies, vacationing, renovating, to every business they owned. He also became a cherished brother to Anna’s four sisters. He embraced his role as a brother and uncle, showering his extended family with love, guidance, and support.

Together, they were blessed with two children, Aaron, and Ginette, who brought immeasurable joy into their lives. Their family grew with the addition of Suzanne, Kelly and three grandsons: Trey, James, and Zandar, each a testament to the love and dedication Jim poured into his family.

In 1990, Jim and Anna embarked on a new chapter, moving their family to Vancouver Island to pursue entrepreneurial ventures. From managing The Galley & Marina on Shawnigan Lake, or opening a Marine Store in Maple Bay, to his tenure as a respected Boat Broker, Jim’s career was characterized by integrity, hard work, and a genuine love for his craft.

Jim and Anna relocated to Courtenay to be closer to Ginette and her family. Jim cherished every moment spent with his family. In these last years, he truly found his inner silly child while spending time with his grandson James. His only bucket list request was spending more time with family.

Throughout his life, Jim’s hands were never idle. A skilled carpenter and boat builder, he applied his talents not only in his professional endeavors, but also in enriching the lives of those around him. Whether it was renovating homes or crafting intricate pieces in his woodworking shop, Jim’s craftsmanship was unmatched, a true reflection of his passion and dedication. Of course, every project was done with Anna by his side matching is work ethic and craftsmanship. His most recent expression of wood artistry came in the form of intricate and beautiful cutting boards and turning magnificent bowls. These now adorn the kitchens of many families and friends.

Jim’s magnetic personality endeared him to all who crossed his path. A natural conversationalist and avid listener, he possessed an insatiable curiosity and a knack for solving problems. Jim’s willingness to lend a helping hand and his boundless generosity touched the lives of many, leaving an enduring legacy of kindness and compassion. With these innate qualities, he naturally became a father figure to dozens of his children’s friends, and remained so until his passing. This included his Goddaughter, Martina, whom he lovingly embraced as his own after the passing of her father, Jim’s best friend, Mark.

Giving back was a large part of Jim’s life. He dedicated countless hours volunteering over the years to organizations like Knights of Columbus (Lifetime Honourary Membership- 35 years), coaching soccer, Salvation Army, Big Brothers, Kinsmen, and Rotary Club. Jim found solace on the open waters of the Salish Sea, while open-air driving in his motorhome with Anna, and alongside a river casting his line for a bite. Above all, Jim found his greatest joy in his family.

Jim’s legacy extends far beyond his accomplishments. His selflessness, work ethic, and unwavering love for his family serve as an inspiration to all who knew him. Though he may have left this world, his warm smile, infectious laugh, and boundless spirit will forever live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.

In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree


or give to the Salvation Army (https://salvationarmy.ca/donations/) in Jim’s memory.

Private family memorial in March. Inclusive Celebration of Life to honour Jim in the spring. Check back for details when we have updates.

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Sandra Novielli
Sandra Novielli
1 month ago

I am so sorry for the loss of your great love, Jim. He was the best of husbands to you, Anna & the best of fathers to you, Aaron & Ginette.

Jim, was truly a talented & kind man who cared deeply about others & brought life to everything he touched. I remember so well ( even though it was 45 years ago) when he showed up expectantly to paint my first condo. There he was at my door with paint supplies, Anna & his two very young children. He proceeded to paint the condo (with a little help from Anna & me) while Aaron & Ginette went down to the pool area to spend the time swimming. No fuss, no muss & it was done beautifully. Not only did my condo look beautiful, but he accomplished his mission of making me feel loved at this lonely time.

I feel privileged to have known Jim. Your grief is shared by me & many others.

Chantel McMillan
Chantel McMillan
1 month ago

There really are no words for such a loss! Uncle Jim was a great, sweet, caring, and funny man whom I will never forget. I am very lucky to have spent some time with him over the past few years. He was always so welcoming and up for a chat and the company with a smile. You are all in my thoughts, sending lot’s of love in this very difficult time.

Sandra Skinner
Sandra Skinner
1 month ago

So very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Your story of his life was truly wonderful to read. Jim will be greatly missed by both family and friends. I know how much he placed family and friends as a priority during his lifetime. My brother Mark and his family felt
support and love from Jim when he stepped in to help at a time when Mark’s need arose . Mark always spoke warmly of Jim and family and felt welcomed and loved by all the family. Sending you prayers and thoughts at this time. God Bless Sandra, Phil Skinner

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