40 Year Turf Veteran Jimmy Plummer Passes Away

James Cleave Plummer (Jimmy) September 29th, 1933 – December 20th, 2012

James grew up on a small farm in Pitt Meadows, B.C.  His early years on the farm developed an incredible work ethic and value system that continued through his entire life.  As a young man Jimmy got his start in construction and was soon a self employed carpenter.  He learned as much as possible from all the trades he was involved with and was soon very skilled in so many different areas.  Jim was truly a Jack of all trades and master of most.

In 1971 Jim was asked by his good friend Teje Banns and family to help construct the Clubhouse of the then PoCo Valley Golf Club.  Upon completion it was one of the largest cedar constructed buildings in the country.  Jim then assisted in the installation of the irrigation system, shaping of the greens and fairways and built the maintenance shop.  Jimmy was asked by the Banns family to stay on as mechanic.  He then built himself a suite as part of the maintenance building and continued as part of the greens crew until his passing at the age of 79.

Jimmy worked for the Club for the better part of 40 years.  He was an integral part of the Carnoustie course and staff and has left his mark on everything from tee to green.  His contribution to the course and daily operations is immeasurable.  I am personally forever indebted to the man who taught me so much.  He maintained, repaired, re-built and ran every piece of turf equipment imaginable.  His talents were unmatched.  There was simply nothing he could not do.

All that knew Jimmy recognized not only his unique character but the decency, heart and kindness that lied underneath.  Jim was my friend and co-worker for over 3 decades.  He was my family. 

Dale Ross Superintendent Carnoustie Golf Club