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.

Banking Details:
RBC Transit 00414 - Account number 1002104

Posted by Jim Drake on May 3, 2010
We will miss you jimmyb! God bless!
Posted by Jim McCoubrey on May 3, 2010
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.
Posted by Aaron Lalvani on May 3, 2010
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
Posted by Maria Thomadakis on May 3, 2010
Dear Beth,

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
Posted by Allison Boman on May 3, 2010
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
Posted by mariee moffett on May 3, 2010
alan and mariee moffett
Dear Steely, so sorry to hear about your great loss, thinking about at this very sad time 
Posted by Lisa Beare on May 2, 2010
Gonna miss you Jamie. You were a huge part of my life, and I'll cherish those memories forever.

Love your 'favourite' cousin Lisa.
Posted by Trish Ball on May 2, 2010
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
Posted by Linda Barrett on May 2, 2010
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
Posted by valerie hodder on May 2, 2010
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
Posted by Joe Fakhri on May 2, 2010
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.
Joe Fakhr
Posted by Bud Cowan on May 2, 2010

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.
Posted by Robert & Diane Konings on May 1, 2010
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
Posted by Omar Hashem on May 1, 2010
Hi Beth,
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.
Posted by Gayle Pearce on May 1, 2010
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
Posted by Colin McDougall on May 1, 2010
Dear Beth,
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.
Posted by Peggy Lippert on May 1, 2010
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.
Posted by Kelly Brannen on May 1, 2010
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 .
Posted by Melissa Dechateauvert on May 1, 2010
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
Posted by Nancy Keslick on April 30, 2010
Dear Beth & family
I'm so sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you & your family at this time.
Posted by Ahmad El-Kays on April 30, 2010
Dear Beth & family,

So sorry for your loss, condolences from me and my family. Our thoughts are with you.

Ahmad & family
Posted by Karin Barker on April 30, 2010
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
Posted by Gayle Duncan on April 30, 2010
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
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Posted by Mike Matheson on April 26, 2021
Hard to believe my good buddy has been gone this long ... but great memories always endure the test of time.
Posted by Beth Madden on April 26, 2019
Though his smile is gone forever, and his hand I cannot touch.
I still have many memories of the one I loved so much.
Your memory is my keepsake, with which I'll never part.
God has you in His keeping. I have you in my heart.
Sadly missed, but never forgotten.
Posted by Beth Madden on April 27, 2018
We thought of you with love today,
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday
And days before that, too.
We think of you in silence.
We often speak your name.
Now all we have is memories
And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake
With which we'll never part.
God has you in his keeping.
We have you in our heart.
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Shared by Brad Gray on May 12, 2010

I didn't know Jim as long as most of you but we made an instant impression on each other. I had just moved back from Winnipeg to London in September past, to open the London office for All Canadian Courier and it was my 2nd day of training in Toronto. Everyone had been very nice and welcoming and then in walked Sunny Jim. He knew who I was and why I was there but he looked at me with that look he has that says "what the hell you doing here and you better be good".

He invited me for lunch and from that time on we became close. We shared the same Family values and the love of Family, laughter, fine wine, cognac, cigars and yes, Golf. Through Steely's help, Jim helped me purchase a brand new set of irons that I was so looking forward to breaking in with Jim as well as the cigars and cognac.

Jim loved life and we both looked at life through the same eyes. I miss my new Buddy.


Shared by Gabby Stiff on May 5, 2010

my sister steeley would take me to her dads house every once in awhile, and he was always very nice to me. every time i passed him he would say hi.he never was mean. I will always remember him as a great man


Taylor's Sweet Sixteen

Shared by Ravina Banwait on May 4, 2010


 I can remember the first time I met Mr.Barrett at Taylor's sixteenth Birthday party. I saw a tall man with bright blue eyes and I thought to myself, "Wow Taylor looks nothing like the guy" and I told her that too. But that was just superficial speculation; I learned that there were a great deal of similarities between the two-humour being the main attribute. You see, Taylor's party wasn't exactly your standard bowling birthday bash, no The Barrett's wanted something different-They wanted to group together six teenagers and send them on a epic adventure. This adventure consisted of numerous tasks, some of which I wondered about. For instance the very first task, inspired by the whole Niagara Falls trinket search, involved us purchasing the most useless item at the local Dollarama . So Mr.Barrett gave us all two bucks each to make such a mundane purchase, and he became very insistent on this one item, in particular, shaped as a lemon to encase a lemon in order to keep it fresh. I remember him mocking the product as if he were speaking to the actual inventor of it-repeatedly asking "Who needs that?!". Anyways, we were told that at the end of the party the winner of that task would be chosen through a voting system. And so with the first task aside, we ventured on to the other tasks such as an intense Dance Dance Revolution competition, an Icing "fill your own loot-bags" session and finally five pin bowling (which I dominated) Finally we headed off to Kelseys to settle the whole useless item dilemma. I was pretty sure I was going to win with my old school snap lids, but Taylor ended up taking the cake with her picture of Jesus Christ (don't worry the people surveyed, to pick out the most useless item of the bunch, were found at the bar) Upon hearing the results Mr.Barrett was surprised, only because he was disappointed that no one agreed with him in believing the lemon case was utterly pointless. At that point I realized how much Taylor and Mr.Barrett were alike-their humour was identical. Therefore, in a way I knew Mr.Barrett quite well through Taylor's resemblance of him.

  Mr.Barrett is one of the coolest Dads I have ever met. He was very open, generous and down-to-Earth, just like Taylor is now. I am grateful to have met Taylor and her family and may the spirit of James Barrett live on because he truly is forever missed.

Ravina Banwait