Another great cowboy has gone to ride in the big arena up in the sky. Jimmy Hegan left us on December 11, 2020.
Jimmy was born October 22,1933 in Nelson, BC. He spent most of his younger years in Nelson, Bridesville and Penticton. Jimmy has two daughters Miranda and Brenda and was Grandpa to three boys and one girl. Two sisters Gayle Maloney (Gary) and Coleen as well as many nephews and nieces.
In the early 50s, Jim and brother Willy made their home in the Windermere Valley. Jim followed his dreams as he and Willy hit the rodeo circuit through Western Canada and Western United States riding broncs and bulls. Sometimes, he said he wasn’t riding but falling off and, “Here comes the ground again!” Jimmy also spent a lot of time guiding in the fall. A job for which he was thankful for, cause by the end of rodeo season he was hurt, hungry and broke! He also spent summers working at the boy’s camp teaching the basics of outdoor life. Jim also enjoyed raising hounds that he trained to tree predator type animals that were creating problems along with trapping in the winters.
Later in life Jim settled into life with a job at Westrock Industries in Invermere, BC where he worked as a driller, blaster and on the crusher. He worked there for 24 years until he retired at 60.
Jim and Jean reacquainted in 1993 and have been by each others side since. During those years he did a lot of gold panning,
fishing, travelling to Nova Scotia where Jean’s son was in the military. Later a few trips to Ontario spending time with Jean’s daughter. Two weeks in PEI where he was able to go fishing for cod and had fresh Lobster. Jim really liked DonJefe, a Peruvian gelding that he rode. He loved the no bounce.
As per Jimmy’s wishes there will be no service.