Jim Porter - Evergreen
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10/7/2014 02:54:57 pm
Jim was a truly remarkable Evergreen. Always a presence at our Christmas Dinners, Founders Nights and a true gentleman. Sad to say goodbye to a great Evergreen.
10/7/2014 04:53:01 pm
I am truly sorry to hear of Jim's passing, he was truly one of the most inspiring players I ever had the privilege to call a teammate. Both he and Joan always exhibited the empathy and kindness toward others, whether they be rugby players a long way from home in Canada at Christmas, special folk often overlooked by many of us or just fellow team members that I have always wished I could emulate. "Clutch" as I called Jim had the strongest hands of any player I knew and a ready smile and great sense of humour. He was always first to welcome to Evergreen functions "civilians", non-rugby players like my wife and visitors and he was always directing our attention to those who would otherwise have been overlooked or made to feel like outsiders. I never got to see him play in his glory days, but I did get the privilege of playing with him and seeing what a classy gentleman he was. My sympathies go out to Joan and Duncan and all the rest of the Porters who must truly miss him. Let us hope he is at peace now.
10/8/2014 12:21:12 am
I am informed Jim's funeral will take place at Kerrisdale United Church at 1pm on October 15 th. Followed by a reception at UBC golf club
10/8/2014 01:28:15 am
A great team mate and player and a better friend. My sincere condolences to Joan and the Porter family. You'll be missed and remembered. Thank you for all you contributed on and off the field.
10/8/2014 03:17:06 am
So sad to hear of Jims passing .I am only thankful I got enjoy Joan and Jims company for so many years .Jim was a true gentleman and a good friend .he allowed me to make a start here in Vancouver working with his company .The Christmas Eve Orphans parties at Jim and Joans house will always hold a special memory for me .My sincere condolences to Joan and Duncan
10/10/2014 09:13:09 am
A brief Biography of Jim and Joan
10/8/2014 03:28:39 am
My deepest sympathies to Joan and Duncan. My way of showing respect for someone I have known is to incorporate one of their qualities into my life. I will always remember Jim as one of the most generous people I have had the honor and pleasure of knowing and calling "a friend", especially when it comes to making "strangers" feel welcome. Jim, you are a tough act to follow but you will be my guide. May you be at rest, my friend.
10/8/2014 04:08:56 am
I have found out that there is no Kerrisdale. United church and beleive I must have been incorrectly advised. Their is a Kerrisdale Presbyterian church at 2733 W 41st. Which is more probable as Joan's father was the minister there for many years.
10/8/2014 12:14:10 pm
Jim always made me laugh, he was kindness, gentleness and a true gentleman! I just know your on the select team with Ripper Xo
10/8/2014 12:57:42 pm
I have known Jim Porter since he was 13 years of age.We grew up together. We played rugby together at the Vancouver Rowing Club for many years .. He first played wing three quarters and had speed , strength and a handoff that left most of his opponents derailed.We traveled together on the Canadian team to the British Isles in 1962. After the tour he decided that eighth man would be a better position to apply his strength and skills and proceeded to develop into a scrummer and represented Canada in future years..Jim was a great sportsman,President of the Vancouver and B.C. Rugby Unions for several years. A loving family man , a gentleman at all times and very successful in the business world. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him..
10/9/2014 01:54:44 am
Our thoughts are with Joan and Duncan.
Pat and bill Porter
10/9/2014 05:44:03 am
Thanks so much for doing this.
10/9/2014 08:25:29 am
My first tour was with Jim, during my rookie year as an Evergreen: Japan 1982! On the field Jim was arguably the "Man of the match" in every game. Off the field He and Joan were outstanding ambassadors for Canada and the Evergreens. Duncan was on that tour, just a teenager at the time. There were many games and tours in the years that followed. I regret that I will be out of town the day of his service. My condolences to Joan and Duncan and my regards to all my former teammates.
10/9/2014 10:31:51 am
- It would take a huge list to even begin to acknowledge what Jim and Joan have contributed to Canadian Rugby over a 50 year plus span. It was a privilege to play with such an excellent athlete. I had the fun of being a team mate with Jim when I was in grade seven and he was the star at Point Grey Junior high school and at that time he showed a great deal of strength and talent in the beginning of his rugby career. My deepest regrets go to the entire Porter family.
10/9/2014 11:03:33 am
i was truly saddened to hear jim had passed away...as many others have said he was a true gentleman...a great ambassader to the game and a real freind to all of us that had the privalige to play with the evergreens...i remember my first night at the evergreens when i was introduced to jim and shook hands i wondered to myself.....how long will it take to get the use of my right hand back.in use.....he had a hell of a grip......i remember wiping the blood out of his eyes when we in the masters tourny in portland a lot of years ago....he said...i,m good mate ..go get em....he will be missed by all that new him wether it be rugby or any other part of his life....my best to joany and duncan and the rest of the porter family....sorry i cant be there.
10/10/2014 02:37:52 am
I had the privilege of meeting Jim and Joan at the Meraloma Rugby Club, where my husband and sons play(ed). I was in charge of billeting and hosting the New Zealand - U21 (future All Blacks)
10/10/2014 03:34:54 am
As Mike "Trinkets" Clark has stated, Joan and Jim have made a huge contribution to Canadian and BC Rugby. No less of a contribution was made by J&J to world wide frienships, taking in strays, including yours truly , when I was in transition. Jim always found the good qualities in a person before any gentle critique, "Get out and do it!"
10/10/2014 03:40:56 am
I had the privilege of getting to know Jim and Joan Porter when I started playing rugby in 1980. Being part of the football program, I was not immediately accepted by most in the rugby fraternity, that is with the exception of Jim and Joan. Since then, I have enjoyed a regular invite to the orphans Christmas dinner at their home, something my wife Tabitha and I try never to miss. Capturing his genuine smile and firm and friendly handshake is something I will miss for all time. Rest in peace my friend.
10/10/2014 05:06:56 am
What a fine man..............It just won't be the same!
10/10/2014 06:35:36 am
all my sympathies to Joan and duncan , un homme formidable , rest in peace mon ami
10/13/2014 12:15:29 am
10/13/2014 06:05:51 am
There is part of Jim’s amazing sports history that seems to have fallen though the historical cracks.
10/13/2014 06:21:20 am
Like Barrie Stubbs, Jim and I go back to grade seven at Point Gray Jr. High. We grew up together in Marpole and spent a lot of time at the local community center playing a variety of sports. Jim and I played football together for one year and then he moved on into rugby and I moved on to football at UBC. Our last meeting was on a bus when he and Joan were on their way to a walk in False Creek, and as usual he had his ready smile and a good if brief chat followed. I will miss him as will all of his long and short term friends.
10/13/2014 01:54:09 pm
One of the true gentlemen and givers of our game!!
10/14/2014 01:26:30 am
A CLASS ACT, ALWAYS WITH AN OPEN HAND TO WELCOME YOU ,AND A SMILE TO SAY HELLO.
10/15/2014 02:08:42 am
Jim was a most welcoming host for whom I hold fond memories during my days enjoying rugby at the Evergreen Club - he really made people feel at home and smile.. has touched many people.. a great man indeed.
10/14/2014 03:56:44 am
I was saddened to learn of Jim's recent passing and do have many fond memories of games played and trips made . I first met the Porters in the Fall of 1973 when I was invited to join an Over Forty Rugby Club . I remember Joan's attendance, accompanied by son Scott, and later by Duncan, at all our local games. I was fortunate in being able to take tours to Japan in 1974, '78 and in 1982 and learned during these trips, that the Porters were great ambassadors to our country , to the game of rugby and to the Evergreens .
Harry & Pat Short
10/14/2014 04:11:56 am
Joan & Duncan , Jim was not only an outstanding rugby player with class both on & off the field, he also commanded the utmost respect in the window covering business. Truly a class act
10/14/2014 09:10:57 am
10/14/2014 09:19:29 am
Jim was a true gentleman on & off the rugby field. I have been blessed to have known both Jim, Joan & Duncan in my life. I met him in the early 1980s when I was a rookie trainer at UBC. He was taking down the ropes after a game and I was packing up all the medical supplies, water bottles, coolers... he offered to help. From that moment on, he has been a big part of my life. I am proud to call him my Rugby Dad!
10/15/2014 02:52:16 am
So sorry to hear of the loss of a GIANT of Rugby!
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