James David Whenham


You left us just before sunrise. We were all with you to help you move on.  Now we are striving to be as strong as you were, as strong as you believed we are.


Thank you. For music; your dark sense of humor; your meditative story telling to help us to sleep; for teaching us the meaning of life and the impermanence of suffering; for loving our mom so beautifully and completely; listening and responding in song; allowing us the freedom to make mistakes; for 20 years of coaching soccer; and for loving our partners and children and always being interested in us and all the things that interested us.


We love you. For teaching us to love, to think for ourselves, question authority, and never let the man get us down; for being humble and kind and gentle and strong; all the building, fixing, maintaining, and making us help; and for letting us style your hair on quiet Saturday nights.


We will remember you always. For your strong hands that could do anything, your brilliant mind and bright eyes, your open smile, your wry wit and your quizzically raised eyebrow; for your unwavering compassion for all beings, showing us the beauty in simple things; your Valley Girl accent; for “petting” our babies; your enthusiastic dancing; and your unique and imaginative way of telling long, sometimes tall tales about your life, education, and world travels, as well as everything you heard on CBC.


You were well loved and will be terribly missed.

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Sharon Pickthorne

Janine and Family – I’m sorry to hear that David has lost his battle, and I’m sorry that I never got to know the man. Losing your partner so early must be heartbreaking, but so was watching him suffer with his health. Celebrate his life, remember, be strong, cry and laugh. My thoughts are with you. I’ll phone you in August, my life has been a bit upside down and I was unaware that he had passed. Big hug across the mountains to you!

Carol Hutchings and Andy McCready

We will always remember the pride and love you had for your family. You experienced such hardship in the last few years of your life, yet you felt lucky for all you had.

You are truly and inspiration in so many ways. We will never forget you. Love Carol and Andy.

Sandra and Harry Borys

Dear Janine and Families
So sorry to hear of your loss. We hope you can find peace in the reassurance that David is no longer suffering. Let your hearts be joyful at his memory and they will heal. We honor our loved ones by remembering the times we shared with them. Love lives on.
With Sympathy, Sandra and Harry

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