Peter Isadore Jim
Jan. 1, 1916 to Jan. 18, 2004
The communities in and around Moricetown laid to rest following a lengthy illness to its oldest male, a Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief “Legibu.” Mr. Jim went to sleep peacefully with his loving wife of 58 years, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his only surviving sister, nieces and nephews and his loving sister-in-laws all by his side.
Peter is survived by his wife, Mary Jim, children Betty Tait, Larry Jim, Victor Jim, Gregory Jim, Peter Jim Jr. of Moricetown, Ruby Jim, Bernadette Rathburn Prince George, Edward Jim Hazelton, Shirley Cook, Herby Jim Vancouver, John Dennis adopted Moricetown, Leslie Casimir adopted Burns Lake, Joe Foster adopted Kispiox, sister Lucy Bazil Verigin Terrace and many nieces and nephews across B.C. and Alberta.
Peter was born to Mary Mooseskin Jim and Mosseskin Jim at Buck Flats in Houston, B.C. In his early years he spent fall and winter months at BUck Flats and moved back to Moricetown for spring and summer to gather and prepare food with his family as other families did. He and Mary were married in a double ring ceremony along with Jean Baptist Namox and Lucy Namox in 1945. Peter and Mary were the last couple today whose marriage was arranged through our customs.
Peter never attended formal school, because he was considered too old to attend the residential school during his time. He learned English as a second language from his coworkers over the years and CNR was his longest employer. Peter was considered able bodied therefore he worked for the settlers and earned $1.00 a day. He gained many skills, as there was a lot of farm machinery to operate.
He was a hard working man all his life and was an avid trapper and hunter and one of his passions was traveling. He traveled to Montana, Washington, Alberta, and across B.C. including Vancouver Island with his son Victor and family by car. He also enjoyed baseball on TV and always watched the local baseball teams as well and followed them when he could when the teams traveled out of town.
Well dad, husband, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, cousin, brother-in-law, co-worker and friend, as we lay you to rest, you will be missed by all. We will miss your humor, laughter, company, story telling, caring and loving man you were.
A special thanks to Helen Nikal, Winnie Joseph, Lillian Lewis, Beatrice Morris, Mary Alice Namox, Gloria Michell and Billy Mitchell who unselfishly looked after him the last few years of his life. Rest in peace. You will be missed dearly by everyone that loved you.