(1905-2003) When they moved here in 1912, the Spilsburys became one of the first families to settle on Savary Island. Jim spent his childhood living near the dock, and wrote about it in his memoir Spilsbury's Coast.
After that, he spent many years boating the BC coast fixing and selling radios to the isolated loggers, fishers, and native bands that inhabited it.
Here's what he looked like when he was a dashing young man.
1. Click here to read his April 2003 obituary which appeared in the Victoria Times Colonist.
2. Click here to watch a YouTube video of Jim describing his life growing up on Savary Island. It's essentially a 28 minute promo for the book Spilbury's Coast. Watch it. It has a lot of good info about the first Anglo community on Savary.
3. He wrote a second book, Spilsbury's Album, another recounting of life on Savary Island and the coast of BC during the early 20th century. Click here view a Youtube video where he describes this book.