Sign painter, Santa Claus and marijuana advocate, Jim West passed away on March 13.
West travelled by train to Prince Rupert in 1969 and fell in love with the North Coast. A year later, he set up shop, and eventually started Jim West Signs on Fraser Street.
Then, during the holiday season, West would grow his beard a little longer and wear his red Santa suit. For years, the jolly old elf would hop on helicopters with the Coast Guard and deliver presents to children in lighthouses from Haida Gwaii to Vancouver Island.
West has been Santa for many Prince Rupert kids for over 45 years.
Shannon Lough | Editor
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