TREBBLE, James (Jim)

Posted: June 27th, 2020


March 22, 1934 – June 22, 2020

James (Jim) Alexander Trebble passed away peacefully on June 22, 2020, after a short illness. He is survived by his wife, Una Ridley, of Lethbridge; his sister Marlene Best; his children Scott (Laura); Mark (Shawna); Lesley; and Sandy (Vanda); and numerous grand and great-grandchildren. Jim was predeceased by his parents Bertha and Alexander.

Jim’s parents were long-time immigrant residents of Saskatoon and Kindersley, SK. His father Alex was known as the “one-armed” Sheriff and his mother Bertha worked at a local dress shop.

Jim began his adult professional life in Lethbridge in 1959, where he worked as a salesman at Dunlop Tires, earning $63/week. During later years Jim achieved his B. of Arts in Education (University of Calgary) in 1967; and a Masters of Education degree (University of Montana) in 1973.

Jim began his teaching career in the 1960s at Central School in Lethbridge as assistant principle until it closed. He then taught at Senator Buchanan Elementary until he retired in 1989, where he was affectionately known as “Mr. Trouble”. Jim was a strong and active member of the Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) over these years.

Jim enjoyed over 30 years traveling the world with friends and family, and reporting to ‘his office’ at the Lethbridge Country Club where his signature plate ”VANGOLF” was a familiar sight, especially each and every Tuesday. He was a loving and cheerful soul and will be missed

As per Jim’s wishes, there will not be a service. A private family ceremony will be held at a later date.

A Tribute page can be accessed through Evergreen Cremation Services at . Jim has directed us to “have a drink and tell a few stories” to celebrate his life. Condolences can be forwarded to the Evergreen Cremation Services website .

The family would like to thank the staff at Martha’s House for their friendly loving support for Jim and Una, particularly during Jim’s illness; home care and medical staff for their skill and sensitivity, and most particularly Darlene Sutherland for her friendship and devoted care of Una.

2 Condolences for “TREBBLE, James (Jim)”

  1. Joyce Chambers says:

    My sincerest condolences to the family. Mr. Trebble was my favorite teacher in Grade 5 and 6 at Senator Buchanan Elementary School in 1976-1978. Over the years, when I’ve seen Jim and Una out for dinner, he always had a smile, and that twinkle in his eye. He will be fondly remembered.

  2. Patricia Robinson says:

    I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Trebble. My heart goes out to the family and dear friends. Mr Trebble was my grade 6 teacher at St. Buchanan in the early 80’s. I have many funny memories of him. He made school and learning enjoyable – thank you Mr. Trebble.

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