SOFRA—Vincent Patrick (Jim) Sofra — a.k.a. “Sunshine Jim” or “SJ” — passed away in Mission B.C. on June 5 2022, after years of struggle with MS and diabetes.
Born Sept. 4, 1949, Jim was raised in Ohio and California, and also lived in Oregon and Washington before moving to Canada. He was pre-deceased by parents Elizabeth (Tropio) and Patsy Sofra.
He is deeply loved and much missed by wife Barbara. Fondly remembered by his daughter Sunshine, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also survived by his siblings Maris, Annie, Jeanine and Michael and their loved ones, as well as many other members of the Tropio and Sofra families.
Jim was an outspoken free thinker who stood in his shoes and forged his own way, and challenged convention at every opportunity. A skilled jack of many trades and master shipwright who built and restored vintage boats, cars and motorcycles. A commercial fisherman, logger and environmentalist who lobbied for the protection of fish habitat. A silversmith, musician and writer. A reader of books and fan of live theatre. A lover of trains, airplanes and anything needing fixing or tweaking.
No service by Jim’s request. At a future date, some of Jim’s ashes will be scattered in Florence, once home to his salmon trawler “Sunshine.” If so inclined, a donation in Jim’s memory to his favourite online radio, freedomslips.com, or an environmental organization of your choice would be much appreciated.