January 12, 1942 – Iowa City, Iowa
September 20, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta
Jim Posey died peacefully on Friday, September 20 after a courageous struggle in intensive care at the Rockyview General Hospital. He is survived by Eileen Dann, his loving partner of 26 years, daughter Gillian Posey, son Alaric Posey, sister Ann Dion, and many other relatives.
Jim, as a boy, spent his summers at the family cabin in Colorado, hiking and enjoying the mountains. This experience was one he always treasured and helped to make him into the person that we knew and loved. He had a strong love for the natural world, with a special interest in native plants and invasive plants. He was a respected amateur botanist who for many years led weekly field trips for the botany study group of the Calgary Field Naturalists’ Society (now called Nature Calgary). For his volunteer service in this society, he received the distinction of being a Lifetime Honorary Member. Recently he has been on the boards for the Alberta Native Plant Council (where he developed the “Rogue’s Gallery of Invasive Non-native Plants of Alberta”) and the Alberta Invasive Plant Council.
In his professional life, Jim was a construction specifications writer, and was widely respected and considered an expert in his field. He wrote and assisted in writing papers for the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Association, and had recently developed an interest in computerized hygrothermal modeling. A founding member of the Alberta Building Envelope Council, he was active on the boards of both ABEC and the Calgary chapter of Construction Specifications Canada. Recently ABEC named a scholarship in Jim’s honour. There is more information on Jim’s professional life at www.bricks-and-brome.net.
Active as an artist and musician in his earlier life, he continued to express these interests in his photography (including a large collection of wildflower photos), his assistance in sculpture projects, occasional small art projects such as designing a logo for a CSC conference in Calgary which he helped organize (now used by the national organization), and a large and eclectic collection of musical recordings of all periods. He also enjoyed playing some of the keyboard works of J. S. Bach, Bartók, and Eric Satie.
A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held Scenic Acres Community Association, (8825 Scurfield Drive NW, Calgary) on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Nature Conservancy of Canada at www.natureconservancy.ca, or to the Alberta Native Plant Council at Box 52099, Garneau Postal Outlet, Edmonton, AB T6G 2T5.
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