August 25, 2016—It is with great sadness that we report the death of Jim Patterson, Director for Business Development for Major Cineplex in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 13 after a year-long battle with cancer. Major Cineplex was a longtime member of GSCA and a past GSCA Acheivement Award winner, and Jim was always so generous in sharing his substantial expertise with other members.
Vicha Poolvaraluk, Chief Executive Officer at Major Cineplex, shared this with GSCA: “Jim worked cheerfully, loyally and whole-heartedly with our team here at Major for close to 20 years. Over that time our business grew tremendously, as did the relationships Jim helped to foster in support of our efforts, including our relationships with many of you, our key partners in this business. He made a positive difference to the lives and well-being of many people along this journey. His presence and contributions will be greatly missed. Jim helped mentor many of our capable staff here and indeed insisted on continuing to meet with and work with several of our team members, despite his illness, to prepare them for the future right up until the end. He was comfortable, as am I, that his work will continue to be carried by capable hands going forward.”
Jim was born in Canada and had lived in Thailand for the past 25 years. The Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, of which Jim was a supporter and former board member, noted on its website, “Jim touched everyone he met, and his sense of humour and showmanship shone through even at the end of his life as he made sure popcorn was served at his funeral.”
We send our heartfelt sympathies to Jim’s family, friends, and colleagues around the world.