It is with the heaviest of hearts that the family of James Kevin Kowal announces his passing on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at the age of 54 years. Jim was born in Drayton Valley on November 18, 1961 and was at his home at Lake Isle at the time of his passing. Jim will forever be lovingly remembered by his parents, Roman and Eldora Kowal of Rocky Mountain House and siblings, Raymond (Rea), Arthur (Shelly), Karen (Ed), and Linda. To those who knew him better as Uncle Jim, he leaves 3 nephews, 7 nieces, 3 great-nephews and 9 great-nieces. For those who were fortunate to know our Jim will remember him for his quick wit, incredible sense of humour and unfaltering kindness. Jim’s life will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church – 4708 50 Avenue, Drayton Valley, Alberta on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 11 a.m. with interment to follow at a later date. Rather than flowers, the Kowal family would appreciate memorial contributions in honour of Jim be made directly to Centennial Centre –Halvar Johnson Centre for Brain Injury, Box 1000, Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1R8.