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LANG, James Williamson

LANG, James Williamson

Lang, James Williamson
Oct. 14, 1931—Dec.24, 2021

Jim passed away peacefully on Dec.24, 2021 at the age of 90. He will be sadly missed by his Son Corrie (Lisa); Daughter Cindy (Colin); Grandchildren Kaleigh, Ashlyn, Allison, Thomas and Alexa. Great grandchildren Ryder and Sienna. Jim is predeceased by his wife Lillian (February 2019) and his brother Norman. Jim was born in Sarnia Ontario and worked on the oil freighters on the St. Lawrence before joining the American Army. After the war he moved out west in 1957 and met his bride Lillian in Calgary.

Jim was a paratrooper in the American Army and a member of the 187th ARCT( Airborne Regimental Combat Team) He made a combat jump in the Korean war and four more in Japan. His continued love for jumping, out of perfectly working aircraft, continued until he was 78 years old. During that time he accumulated over 720 jumps, not all static line but earned the ability to free fall as well. He also learned to fold his own chute, told me once when I asked him why he wanted to learn how to pack his own chute he replied, “If my chute fails to open he doesn’t want the person that packed it to feel guilty, if it doesn’t open it’s on me” My dad made many jumps in many different countries, usually with the special forces of those countries. He is a proud Korean War Veteran and a proud Canadian.

R.I.P Dad (Rakkassan Forever)

Condolence Messages
  • Jan 14, 2022
    Corrie, Cindy and families, thinking of you all at this time of sadness on the loss of your dad. I have great memories of Jim in the days at the Kelowna judo club. Jim was very dedicated to judo, I have to say also to his jumping and to do it till the age of 78 and to do 720 jumps is totally amazing. I can say this they don't make guys like that anymore. Thank you for your service my friend. Thanks for the lovely memories Jim! He will be missed by many that had the pleasure to know him my deepest condolences to you all. Doug Pratt
  • Dec 30, 2021
    My condolences to the Lang Family. My ex worked with Jim at Calona Wines for 42 yrs and Jim and Lil were always the live of the party and boy could they ever tear up the dance floor. RIP Jim
    Cynthia Rantucci Warrilow
  • Dec 30, 2021
    So very sorry you Guys have lost your Dad!
    I was just telling my family how your Dad taught me Judo when our family lived on the corner of Lomond & Perth. May he rest easy!
    Tracy Churchill (Moen)
  • Dec 29, 2021
    Corrie, Cindy & Families Sorry to Hear & Read About Your Mom & Your Dad's
    Passing worked with Jim At Calona Wines for bit & Ran Into Him On Occassion A
    CHARACTER,, To Say The Least..Take Care
    Glen Sobchyshyn
  • Dec 29, 2021
    Our sincere condolences, Corrie and Family on the loss of your father. For many years he visited our Army Surplus store to talk about his next Jump trip or share his knowledge of Military History. He was always interested to hear about somebody else's experiences in the Forces. He will be missed by many.
    Albert Siemons
  • Dec 28, 2021
    I am so sorry for the loss of Jim, your loved one and friend. I met Jim at the group home I worked at. He and other Korean War vets had decided to raise funds to donate for much needed renovations for the 1921 house where we worked with barriered youth. It was there where I was blessed with hearing Jim’s stories of his paratroop days . He held the attention of those young people. Jim had such passion for jumping and it was there that I shared my Bucket List Item of wishing to jump from a plane. Jim held me to that. It took a couple of years of crossing paths in community with him prompting me, and I finally said yes. On a fine October day in 2000, Jim took me to the drop zone. After a full day of watching people jump, I finally took my turn, under Jim’s support and equal excitement for my first jump. Anytime I met him in community over the years, I felt the same level of positivity and good will as always from him. He was consistently kind and looked to support others in living a fulfilled life. I feel blessed to have met him, and am forever thankful. I can only imagine all the stories he has shared with his loved ones and friends over the years. What gifts of time you have of him to relish. Wishing you comfort as you grieve your cherished loss. Charlene.
  • Dec 28, 2021
    Will miss Uncle Jim and Lily. Jim was at most of the family party's with a camera and a good story to tell. His war memorabilia was exceptional. Always had a smile for everyone. He will be missed.
    Fair Winds Jim
    The Veselic family
  • Dec 28, 2021
    RIP Jumper. Fair winds and soft landings
    John W.
  • Dec 28, 2021
    Corey Cindy and your families sorry for your loss of both your Dad and Mom I worked with Jim at calona and all the after work events he loved to take photos at golf party’s and dancing was his enjoyment besides of jumping out of a working plane met him and your mom at orchard park when his eyes were failing him but was still on good humour his Memories will live on you will always have them From the Turvey Family
  • Dec 28, 2021
    I am so sorry on Jim's passing. He helped me get my job at Calona Wines by letting me know there was a posting going up for a lab. tech. position. He was also friends with my father who were both in the Kelowna Judo Club.
    Good Bye Jim. Rest in Peace.
    David Ikesaka
  • Dec 28, 2021
    Jim was a member Of [KDGS] Kelowna & Districk Genealogy Society!
    He helped many of us with details for military details.
    He explained some of the information I had for my father's WW2 records.
    I loved mtomhear about his latest jump!
    Thanks Jim
    Marie Loyst Ablett UE
  • Dec 28, 2021
    My condolences Corrie, and family, on the passing of your father. It sounds like he led quite an adventurous and interesting life. Jim Cronin
  • Dec 28, 2021
    Thank you for your service, may you find peace in the afterlife.
    Doug W
  • Dec 27, 2021
    Very sad news, Jim & his wife would be @ orch pk tims every AM, Jim would always have a book to read, I truly considered him as a friend, I knew about his paratrooping days, they don't make guys like him anymore. RIP we will meet again, ORCH PK ELVIS.
  • Dec 27, 2021
    My condolences to your family on Jim’s passing. I worked with him at Calona Wines from 1979-1983... best leadhand and always good for laughs. Best memories were all the chance meetings at OP and Timmy’s there. Jim and Lil were always into a chat and reminiscing about Winery days. We exchanged stories about our grandchildren often. My daughter Kim and Lisa became friends from KGH nursery times. RIP Big Jim. Glen Peterson.
  • Dec 27, 2021
    Jim was a great Judo teacher to our children. He was so proud of his parachute jumps! He will be missed.
    Bonnie “Kelly”
  • Dec 27, 2021
    So sorry to see that Jim has passed away. We have known Jim and Lil ever since he
    worked at Calona Wines and always had a smile and great stories to tell.
    Rest in peace Jim.
    The M. Ciancone family.
  • Dec 27, 2021
    Corrie, Cindy, and families,
    Sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. We have many fond memories of both your parents from spending time at their house and when they visited at our house. Dad had wonderful working friendship with your dad. They were carpool buddies and great friends. Your dad had an exciting and memorable life. He will be be missed.
    The Dionne's - Walt, Eileen, Russ, and Tara
  • Dec 27, 2021
    Corrie Lang and the Lang family.
    So sorry to hear of your fathers passing.
    Never met the man but it sounds like he led a exciting life.
    Wally and Evelyn Buhman....
  • Dec 27, 2021
    We are thinking about Corrie and Cindy love Rob & Maureen Cameron XOXO
  • Dec 27, 2021
    Corrie and Cindy
    We have so many memories of life in the Hollydell and Jaschinsky Road days.
    Your Dad was always lots of fun ,always a smile on his face . Lots of wonderful history there .
    Darwin and Linda Kramer
  • Dec 27, 2021
    R.I.P. Jim
    Thank you for your service.
    Sincerely Rick V
  • Dec 27, 2021
    Corrie, Lisa and family. Len and I were very sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. He had quite the life and he will be missed by his family. Thinking of you all during this time.
    Len and Tannis Moody
  • Dec 27, 2021
    I had the honour of working with jim @ calona wines. He was a true character and never failed to bring a smile to people's faces. I would occasionally run into Lil and him at Silverstar mtn.,where they would be cross country skiing. I appreciated that they lived life the largest they could, and fondly remember Jim and Lil whisking across the dance floor at the company Christmas parties...and the stories...oh, the stories! At ease soldier! Pat Mulligan
  • Dec 27, 2021
    My father ,MM, was also a Korean vet and had his "wings". He had the upmost respect for Mr. Lang. When ever I participated in remmberence day ceremonies I always made a point of finding Mr. Lang and sharing a few moments of his time. He was a very nice person. My sincere condolences.
    Jim Fenton
  • Dec 27, 2021
    Your father had an exciting life creating lots of memories. Embrace those memories in this time of sorrow.
    Rob & Jaccie
  • Dec 26, 2021
    Proud to have known Jim and view his war memorabilia..
    He was a beauty!!
    Thanks for your service Jim..