PLASTOW, James Edward


It is with great sadness and much love we announce the passing of James Plastow at the age of 56.

James was born in Edmonton, Alberta on July 23, 1964 to Linda Holmes and Gerald Plastow.  James spent his high school years in Campbell River, British Columbia where he graduated from Southgate Secondary High School in 1982.  After studying at Red Deer College, the University of Lethbridge, and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, James had a successful career in the world of business.  James settled in St. Albert, started his career with Trafco Canada, and then moved to their parent company Alberta Traffic Supply where he eventually served as Vice President of operations.  Recently James had begun a new chapter in his career by joining Northgate Industries where he immediately made a positive impact as Director of Operations.

Although large in stature, James possessed the gentlest of hearts that touched everyone he met.  James had a unique gift of making everyone he knew feel important and because of this, he enjoyed the wealth of countless friendships.

James had many passions such as curling, baseball, and travel.  His greatest passion however was being a devoted father to his two sons.

James will be dearly missed by sons,Dave and Sean (Shawna), his mother Linda Holmes (Barry), his father Gerald Plastow, and his brother Brian (Kristine), many nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.

He was predeceased by his grandparents and his brother Kenneth.

A small Celebration of Life will be held Friday, September 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm. Due to the current government restrictions on public gatherings, we regret that attendance will be by invitation only, however the service will be live streamed for those who are not able to attend at

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the staff of Westview Health Centre.

Donations in memory of James may be made to Westview Health Centre, Canadian Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice.


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Bart and Marlene

We enjoyed the laughter and friendship of James. I am glad to have spent time with James and have great respect for the leadership skills James shared with me. Many conversations we had with James away from work usually involved his two sons and how he cared for them. A very proud father. Forever in our hearts, Bart and Marlene

David and the Wilson Clan

Well ‘Big Man’ you are going to be missed! You had a profound impact on my family’s life by bringing us to Canada. You looked after my family so well. We couldn’t of asked for more. My heart goes out to David and Sean, I am sorry for your loss but your dad will remain big in the hearts of so many people he touched with his kindness. Rest in Peace.

Cristina Sinisi

I am honored and blessed to have known James on a professional level and personal. He was truly a blessing in my life, and I will miss him dearly. My deepest condolences to his family, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts..

Grant and Yvonne Bush

So sad to hear of James passing. He was such a wonderful man. Condolences to Dave, Sean and the rest of the family.
We want to share a story about just how big that mans heart was.
When Grants mother passed away our son Alex was playing on a fastball team that James was one of the coaches of. We were at the service and Alex was really struggling to deal with his grandmother’s death. He was standing next to me crying when James walked in.
Alex saw James come into the room and his face lit up, his coach was there for him. He ran up and gave him a big hug and was able to handle the rest of the service because of it.
James wasn’t there for us, he didn’t know Grants mother. He was there for Alex and we will always be so grateful for that.
Rest well James and thank you.

Darlene Biagioni

David and Sean – I am so sorry for the loss of your father. You two were his world – he talked about you non-stop – He was so so proud of you! I have known your dad for 12 years and I feel like I know you both as well. He was big in stature but a teddy bear on the inside. He had a heart of gold and always knew how to make you laugh. I will miss those smiling blue eyes of his – I have the last few voice messages he left me – I will keep them and listen to his voice often. He will always be there watching over you. Rest in Peace Big Guy – I will miss you my friend <3

Kelly Shepard

May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.
James, you will be missed

Ross Parks

James hired me just over two years ago. In that time he, like he did with most became not only a mentor, teacher and sounding board but a friend. His concern for the wellbeing of those around him was genuine and I am better for having the opportunity to have known him, if only briefly. Rest easy my friend.

Diane M Duncan

James, I will miss you more than you will ever know. We shared many laughs and fun times. Walking with you to lay the wreath at Menin Gates is something I will never forget, you lent me your arm and dried my tears – how could I not love you. We are so happy we carried on our friendship when we return from Europe. Bob and will think of you often. RIP my buddy!

Lil Jacques

One meeting at Trafco and a wonderful friendship was made. My world, the world was a better place with James in it. To his sons, family & friends, my deepest sympathy.

Steve Robbins

To the Plastow and Sevcik families,
So very sorry to hear about James. May all the amazing memories of him help you through this difficult time.

Roland Russell

James was mentor, confidant and most importantly a friend. He always seemed to have the right thing to say and genuinely cared about the well being of others. He always had way of making me laugh. I will miss him dearly.

Kevin Waddell

James is was a pleasure getting to know you as a friend and collogue over the last 30 years. I will greatly miss our early morning conversations solving the worlds problems and lots of laughs. The impact you made on so many people in your life will never be forgotten. Rest in peace my friend, you are missed.


My sincere condolences to James’s sons and family. James is a true gentleman and a great friend. I will think of him often and will remember the laughter and fun we shared. James you are missed

Lydia and Jeff Hodgson

With deepest condolences to the family on such a tremendous loss. Our family met James when he coached fastball. Both Christina and Dennis have wonderful memories of that time and enjoyed his friendly coaching style. May his memory be eternal.

Tracy Van Engelen

James was an amazing man who touched my life in a way that I can’t even begin to describe. He showed me leadership, kindness, warmth and just how big his heart truly was. James was one one of a kind and this life has lost an amazing man. My condolences to his family especially his sons, for i know he lived and breathed for them. James i will miss you more than you will ever know. You are in God’s hands now, may we all be blessed to join you one day.


My sincere condolences to James’s sons and family. James is a true gentleman and a great friend. I will think of him often and will remember the laughter and fun we shared. James you are missed.

Linda Hajjar

I had the honour of working with James for a few years and loved his friendly, welcoming spirit. He was encouraging, warm and genuine and because he was so approachable, he was always a staff favourite. His smile, laughter and positive outlook was irresistible. All this made him a skillful leader and even more important, an incredible human being, enriching those around him. I share in your sadness.

Lorne Sullivan

James will be remembered as a dedicated father, an inspirational leader, and as a sincerely good person. His big heart, genuine compassion, and great sense of humor were exemplary. James will be missed dearly, and live on the hearts of those who loved him. I feel privileged to call him a friend.

Hayley Christen

Very sorry for the loss of your beloved brother, son and father. The obituary is a beautiful tribute and testament to him. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
– Hayley and Martin

Mark Sloan

I am very saddened by the passing of James. It is rare to find true friendship through business aquaintence however this was the case with James. We spent a lot of time together, building very successful working relationships but more importantly developing a real, genuine friendship that resulted in many laughs, good times and real life moments. I will miss James and think of him often. Rest easy my friend.

Alison McSeveney Goertzen

My sincere condolences to James’s sons and family. I had the pleasure of first meeting James in high school when I was 15 and he was 14. We reconnected about 10 years ago and often had visits when he was in Langley for work. He was planning on visiting my husband and I early this month in Campbell River and we’re both so sad that trip never happened. Our last conversation was a few weeks ago by phone. It was supposed to be my turn to call this week Till we meet again my friend Alison and Ted

Laz and Linda Tollas

We met James on our trip to Europe last summer. We formed a great friendship that carried on when we returned to the Edmonton area. Although we had only a short time together the bond we formed was genuine and we are grateful to have known him. We will truly miss hi.
Grieve not that he is gone but rejoice in that he was.

Jim & Bonnie Rediske

We had the opportunity to share a few amazing weeks together on our Trafalgar tour last summer.
Your smile was infectious thank you for your friendship dear friend
Rest In Peace

Annette Koski

Such a wonderful man! Dave and Sean I hope happy memories comfort you in the days ahead. Sympathy to all who loved him.

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