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Justin James (J.J.) Klassen

Justin James Klassen
1989 – 2013


J.J. was born on St. George’s Day April 23, 1989 in Nelson, British Columbia. He was raised on the North Shore of Kootenay Lake’s West Arm. He attended the Nelson Waldorf School, Trafalgar, and L.V. Rogers Secondary School. Following high school he went on to attain his Paramedic Certification at the Justice Institute of British Columbia in Victoria, BC. After graduation J.J. returned to his hometown and began his chosen career as a Paramedic with Nelson’s BC Ambulance Service.

Justin James loved life; plants, animals, birds people and places. Born and bred in the West Kootenay Mountains he enjoyed all the area has to offer; hockey, skiing, hiking, fishing, tubing and boating. He could plant a garden, fix a car, shingle a roof, paddle a canoe, and fell a mature Douglas Fir.

Well travelled, he’d been to Europe, Mexico, South Africa, and South East Asia. He had travelled the highways from Florida to the Yukon, from California to Alaska, from Bella Coola to Victoria. He had gone swimming in the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic Oceans.

J.J. leaves behind his dear Sister Jaime, his Mother Lynn and Father Frank; Uncle Glenn; Auntie Margaret, uncle Earl, and Cousins Jessie and Joe; Uncle John, Auntie Alma and Cousin John; Uncle Peter and Auntie Barbara, as well as his many, many friends.

He was predeceased by his grandparents.

As an expression of sympathy, contributions may be made towards the purchase of a memorial bench and tree in J.J.’s memory. Please contact Megan at Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. for further information.

A celebration of J.J.’s life will be held on Saturday, August 24th, 2013 at 2:00pm at Mary Hall located at the 10thStreet Campus of Selkirk College, Nelson BC.

Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.

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