- 49 years old
- Date of birth: Aug 8, 1960
- Place of birth:
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
- Date of passing: Apr 26, 2010
- Place of passing:
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
|You can remember him and only that he is gone, or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.|
James (Jim) Michael Barrett passed away Monday, April 26th, 2010 suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 49 in Burlington, Ontario. He leaves behind his wife and soul mate, Beth, and three beloved children, Steeley, Taylor, and Hunter. James is a proud step-father and mentor to Leandra and Lionel and their life partners, Nelson and My Phuong, as well as “Grandpa Jim” to Ocean. He is survived by his mother, Lillian (Frank) and brother, John (Laura).
On Wednesday, May 5th, we celebrated Jim's life at Crosswinds Golf and Country Club, it was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and many people came to celebrate with us. Beautiful tributes were presented by his wife Beth, his daughters Steeley and Taylor, his step-daugther Leandra and his brother John, also three of his best friends, Paul McParlan, Steve Smith and Ron Clarke. Jim was loved by all and was a "best friend" to many. Having Jim in our lives has changed us forever, he will always be in our hearts and the memory of his smile, passion for life and caring spirit for others will live on forever.
Barrett Trust Fund
The Barrett Trust Fund has been established as an education fund for Jim's children Taylor and Hunter. The fund is being administered by Jim's brother John and his wife Laura. Should you have any questions about the fund please contact John Barrett at (416) 254-6516.
RBC Transit 00414 - Account number 1002104
"Heavy are our hearts today,
Memory brings you back once more
To the time when you were with us,
To the happy days of yore.
Always in our hearts."
"You will always be missed Uncle Jamie! Xo"
"It is hard to believe that six years have passed since we lost you, so much has happened, but you are in my thoughts every day. I will always love you.
"Thinking about you today Jamie. Will remember you always."
"I can't believe 5 years have passed. Jamie you were the age I am now
I always remember how tall you were when you came to visit us in Newfoundland when you were in your teens. I hope all your loved ones have found peace in the wonderful memories that you have provided for them and take comfort in the fact you were a great friend, dad, and son to them all........Val Hodder ( Uncle Dave's daughter)"
"Happy Birthday Jamie. Love you. :)"
"Miss you Jamie. Think of you often.
"Wow 4 years really goes by fast.
I remember when we went to Myrtle Beach in my TR7.
We stopped and visited your uncle Donny in Washington D C on the way, and the crazy horse saloon. Man we had some great times. Miss you bud."
A lot has happened since you've been gone. There are two beautiful granddaughters now, and life is unfolding with love mixed with all its beauty and complexity. I'm sure you know all this, and more, much more.
"Softly the leaves of memory fall. Gently I gather and treasure them all. Unseen, unheard you are always near, so missed, so loved, so very dear. No longer in our lives to share. But in our hearts you’re always there.
RIP Jim, we miss you and love you."
"I miss you Dad. Life is getting pretty hard without your guidance and support. I promise to make you proud. I love you. Xoxo"
"Thinking of you on this day Jim!
"Happy Birthday Jimmy
Miss you bud"
"Thank you for all the kind words and thoughts on this tough day. My dad will forever be in my heart and is the guiding light to get through each day. I cannot quite fathom that it has already been two years. I miss him when I am sad, I miss him when I am lonely but I miss him most of all when I am happy."
"Steeley, Taylor, Hunter & Family
Our thoughts are with you today and hoping that the memories you have bring you much comfort! Gone and not forgotten!
Rob & Diane"
"This quote was sent to me and has brought me much comfort today and I would like to share it with all of you that are struggling with your sorrow.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~Kahlil Gibran"
"Time goes by way to fast these days, I'm sure "Jamie" will be greatly missed on the canoe trip this year. My thoughts are with you Beth, Steeley, Taylor, and Hunter."
"Hard to believe how fast the years pass. I still tell stories about Jim! My best to Beth, Hunter, Taylor and Steeley on this sad day."
"Remembering you and missing you on yet another Birthday."
"I wish I had a photo of you Jim to share for the 51st anniversary of your birth. You are still sadly missed, especially when I think of what could have been, which is quite often. Happy Birthday my friend and no more gimmees to God. Your Pal Brad."
"Remembering you on this day, gone but not forgotten!"
Wow it's been a year already,I really miss you old friend. I think of you often and usually have a good laugh you big homo."
"Gone but not from our thoughts! May God bless and keep you!"
"It is hard to believe that a year has passed. We had many talks, usually when outside doing yard work. Even now I keep thinking that Jim will come across the street to talk about fishing, golf, or more serious matters. He is greatly missed."
"It's hard to believe its been a year since we lost Jim.
I still expect his weekly phone calls with his uplifting humour to brighten the day.However my memory of Jim does keep putting a smile on my face."
"I never forget Jim, I just forget that he's gone. I keep thinking to give him a call, and then it hits me. Unbelievable. Very sad."
"Today is a time to reflect and remember the wonderful times we spent with Jim, his heartfelt laugh, his zest for life and the care and love he showed to those special to him. He will always remain a beautiful memory in my heart."
"I still have trouble believing Jim is not around. He was a new friend but we had already started making memories. I was looking forward to making more because Jim is someone who comes along rarely in one's life. I miss you Jim. God Bless Beth."
It was a pleasure knowing Jim watching the wonderful energy between you two. He truly made the world a better place.
Norm & Sarina"
"We wish to express our condolences to Beth, Taylor, Hunter, Steeley and the rest of Jim’s family. Jim was a kind, considerate and thoughtful person. Our lives are enriched because Jim was in it."
Sorry to hear about Jim. My thoughts are with you and your family.
"Dear Steeley & Family,
We were deeply saddened when we learned about Jim's passing. Please accept our sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Stephen & Tracy"
"A donation has been made to the Barrett Trust Fund from Jim's friends on the TD Bank Mail Services Team. We extend our condolences to the family."
"Dear Steely and family,
I was so sad to hear about your loss. In the spirit of celebrating Jim's life, Andres and I will raise a toast to the love and positive influence he had on all his children."
"Dear Beth & Family
I am very sorry for your loss. I knew Jim through work and I always thought he was a kind and gentle man. He had the most beautiful smile.
"to Barrett Family,
our condolences to you all. Jim cherished his family and spoke with love/care about Steely,Taylor& Hunter. he loved Beth dearly. he will be missed. specially his voice and laughter"
"Dear Taylor & Family
On behalf of Walker's Line Mcdonald's I would like to say we are sorry for your loss. You are in all of our thoughts and prayers.
""Beth and Family"
It saddens me to hear about the sudden loss of Jim, I worked with Jim for a very short time. I will remember his laughter and brotherly advice".
I'm very sorry for your loss. Jim was a great guy and I really enjoyed his company the times I was fortunate to meet him. He'll be missed.
"Dear Beth & Family,
We wish to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Simon & Dianne
"From everyone at Dicom, our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Jim will be deeply missed by all."
I'm so sorry for your loss. My condolences go out to you and your family during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
"Dear Beth & Family,
We cannot say enough about Jim. He was a great spirit with a huge heart. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.
Jonathan, Janice, Josh & Daisy"
I'm so sorry for your loss, we're all going to miss Jim and his great big smile.
"alan and mariee moffett
Dear Steely, so sorry to hear about your great loss, thinking about at this very sad time"
"Dear Beth & Family,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We feel privileged to have met Jim. You are all in thoughts.
Allison Boman & Joel Herscovitch"
"Dear Beth and family, Jim and I were business associates and I will forever miss his big laugh and salesmanship. He really was one of the best I had the pleasure to work with. Aaron"
Javier and I are very sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences and know that our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Maria and Javier"
"Our deepest sympathy to you Lilian and family. I have known Jamie for all the years he came to visit Paul and Rose. He was a class act and he will always be missed by the McCoubrey family."
"I met Jim through a local trade association and as a result his company did work for our company. I feel lucky to have met him.
My thoughts and prayers to all family and friends.
"We will miss you jimmyb! God bless!"
"Dear Beth & family,
I'm so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.I have met Jim very briefly, and have known him to be a radiant personality. Royce"
Our thoughts are with you on this terrible tragedy. We will say a prayer for Jamie. He was a great guy and will be missed."
"Dear Beth & Family,
I was very much stunned to hear this tragic news.
Jim was a cool guy which I feel privileged to have shared a few laughs with. My prayers are with you and your family.
"Aunt Lillian and family, I was so sad to hear of the passing of my cousin Jamie.I hope your friends and family will help give you strength through this difficult time.Valerie(Barrett)Hodder"
"Lillian, John,Steely Rae,Taylor and Hunter & Beth
We are thinking of you. We hope that your wonderful memories will be of some comfort in the days ahead. With our love Uncle Dave & Aunt Linda Barrett"
"Steely, Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Golf Town Heartland will miss seeing your dad. We will play golf in his memory this summer.Take care be strong. Trish"
"Gonna miss you Jamie. You were a huge part of my life, and I'll cherish those memories forever.
Love your 'favourite' cousin Lisa."
"Dear Beth & Family,
Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.
May there be comfort in knowing someone so special will never be forgotten!
The Konings Family"
I just wanted you to know that I've been thinking about and your family since I heard the tragic news. My prayers are with you and your family.
"Dear Beth and Family,
Our sincere condolences for your loss. We hold you in our thoughts and prayers and we will remember Jim in our hearts. Gayle & Malcolm"
I am deeply saddened as is everyone who were fortunate enough to have Jim as a friend. Known for the big, beaming smiles, I will remember Jim fondly and often."
"Dear Beth and family:
John and I feel so fortunate to have had the privilege of getting to know Jim over the past few years. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He was an amazing man."
"Beth & family ,
I am so sorry for your loss , my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Jim will be greatfully missed by all the staff at Kelseys Burlington North .
"Dearest Beth and Family,
In this time of sorrow, take his love and laughter and keep it close to your heart always. He will be greatly missed. Melissa"
"Dear Beth & family,
So sorry for your loss, condolences from me and my family. Our thoughts are with you.
Ahmad & family"
"Beth, Steely, Taylor, Hunter, Leandra & Lionel:
Jim was a wonderful neighbour with whom we shared many smiles, conversations and laughs. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time, Karin & Ted"
I am sorry I did not get a chance to meet Jim. I am thinking about you and your family and will raise a glass to toast a life that impacted many and ended too soon. xox Gayle"
"Dear Beth & family
I'm so sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you & your family at this time.
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