It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Jim Drever on Monday, November 13, 2017. He was our beloved husband, father, and Papa, brother, friend and colleague.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Effie Drever, and his brother Malcolm. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 47 years, Jackie; their children Cam and Jocelyn; granddaughter Emma; brother Bruce (Donna); sister-in-law Celia, and many nieces and nephews.
Jim was born in Winnipeg September 10, 1944, growing up in the West End. He joined the Winnipeg Police Service October 18, 1965. He had a varied and interesting career, retiring April 15, 1995. Starting as a beat cop, in the days of wearing the old buffalo coats, he went on to spend many years in Plain Clothes as a Detective, working in Fraud, Commercial Crime, the Manitoba Integrated Intelligence Unit, Crimes Against Persons & Property, Homicide/Robbery, and back to Uniform, retiring April 15, 1995 as Staff Sergeant in District 2.
The next love of his working life was serving as Director, Security Services & Parking at Red River College. He thought he’d stay for three years but liked the people and the job so much he hung around for 17!
His humour and lightheartedness were enjoyed wherever life took him. Jim was an avid water skier. He couldn’t pull a boat and a trailer at the same time, so Jim and Jackie always found campgrounds to park their trailers year-round. They spent many years at Lee River, Royal Lake, and Lac Lu, bringing up Cam and Joss, and later Emma, providing fun and games, cards, water skiing, tubing and making life-long friends to journey with throughout life.
Jim and Jackie also enjoyed winter holidays downhill skiing, a couple of cruises to Alaska and Hawaii, and travels to the Bahamas and the USA. He became very content puttering in the yard, watching Emma on the trampoline, TV with his girls, and being Taxi Papa and Cheer Papa to his favourite Cheerleader. His home was his sanctuary. He was a family man always.
Jim fought courageously with leukaemia and cancer these last four years. Thanks to the staff at CancerCare, St. Boniface, Health Sciences Centre, Dr. Dhaliwal, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Drachenberg, Gayle Nickol, and Dr. Morham.
For any donations in lieu of flowers, may we suggest: Winnipeg Police Museum and Historical Society Inc., CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, or any other place dear to your heart.
A Celebration of his Life will be held Monday, November 20th, at 2:00 p.m., at Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd, Winnipeg, MB.< back to obituary listing