There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger and live just a little better.
  • 67 years old
  • Born on November 25, 1951 in Delhi, Ontario, Canada.
  • Passed away on January 13, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

James Robert Quance

November 25th, 1951 – January 13th, 2019

A man of integrity, courage and compassion, Jim entered his eternal life surrounded by family.  A loving father, grandfather, and steadfast friend whose absence is met with sorrow and will be felt by all who knew him. We celebrate the life of a man whose tenacious spirit and kind soul remained faithful throughout his 67 years on this earth and will endure through his loved ones and everyone he touched.

Born on November 25th, 1951, in Simcoe, Ontario, Jim grew up with a loving family in the quaint town of Delhi, Ontario. A community shaped by the Quance family name. His family in 1874 owned and operated the sawmills and grist mill that served as a welcome enterprise to the citizens of Delhi and the surrounding area.

The Delhi of Jim’s childhood was a community of support and honour. When the mill began to deteriorate his father only had to ask before neighbouring farmers came forward offering their help to repair the dam, reflecting the good, solid values of this small county. Jim remained incredibly proud of his family’s heritage and their significance in establishing Delhi and the community that help shape the man we remember today.

In his youth, Jim became heavily involved in the Boy Cubs and Scouts. He was a clarinetist with the Delhi Community Band, well known throughout the area.His love of music continued throughout his life where he sang tenor in the Richmond Hill United Church choir. Jim attended Delhi Public School, Delhi Secondary School, Fansahwe College and the University of Western Ontario.

Jim was a man who truly appreciated life and his quest always to be learning. He marvelled at the stunning change of tree colours during the autumn. He was an avid skier in the winter with his children, fished in the spring, and golfed in the summer. Jim formed many wonderful friendships through his involvement in sports. He kept active with many groups including tennis, volleyball and was a proud member of the Richmond Hill Curling and Lawn Bowling Club.

A keenness for being outdoors, respect for nature, travel, family tradition, and trying new things will remain ingrained in his children who have cherished memories of their many adventures together. There was love in the detail and effort that Jim put into showing that the people around him were cared for and always supported.

It was in the last few years that Jim found the love of his life, Pat Thomas, who he cherished and loved deeply. As his very own “private duty nurse,” Pat was an angel of comfort, unwavering support and strength. His soul found a home with Pat and undoubtedly, they will meet once again in another lifetime, hopefully, sooner than they did in this lifetime.

Jim leaves behind his adult children Lindsay Rosalie, and Tyler Bradley, grandson Greyson Aurey, his loving sister Karen Lea and his brother Frank Jr. He will be missed by his nieces, nephews and cousins from afar.  He is pre-deceased by his loving parents, Frank and Doris Quance.He was grateful for his decades-long friendship with best-mate, Hugh Walker.

Jim was a man who loved with his whole being. He had the heartiest laugh, quickest wit, and smile that would light up a room.

He will be remembered for many things; his quirky humour, optimistic nature, the way he would change someone’s day with a thoughtful act and the power of choice; choosing day after day to remain positive when faced with the greatest obstacle.

The Quance family would like to thank the Sunnybrook Health Centre. Dr.Emmenegger, Dr. Cameron Phillips, Trial Coordinator, Nesan, Dr. Amy Nolan and long-time family physician Dr. Gary Magee. Thank you to the 4D Nursing Staff for their excellent care. A special thank-you to all of “Jim Bob’s” bus route children who brightened up his day with their laughter every morning and afternoon.You were all very special to him.

In memory of Jim, we invite you to visit a few of the destinations he most enjoyed; Algonquin Provincial Park, Long Point Provincial Park, and his final resting place, the Quance Park in Delhi where a tribute plaque stands in his family honour.

As per Jim’s request, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will begin promptly at 7PM, Thursday July 11th at the Richmondhill United Church, 10201 Yonge Street, Richmondhill.Kindly RSVP by text or call Lindsay at 647-289-1895

Posted by Judi Langille on July 14, 2019
Jim, I only knew you for a few years through York Singles.  If I had to use one word to describe you, it has to be "gentleman". Your kindness, concern for others, wit, and I could go on.
You are missed dear friend.
Posted by Tim Robbins on July 11, 2019
Rest in Peace Jim. We all miss you at the Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club.
Posted by Jim S. Quance on July 10, 2019
My deepest condolences to all of Jim's wonderful family. Jim was a great person; I got to know Jim through our extended family annual family reunions  in the 1970's 80's and 90's. Jim was easy to get to know, just a great guy with many interests and so much to give. At the top of his priority list was his family. Special hugs and prayers for you. God bless Jim.
Posted by Gilles Philippe on July 8, 2019
Rest in peace my friend and fellow curler.
Posted by Lori Canner on January 25, 2019
My fondest memory of Jim is when I got to know him at Music Camp in 2018. I had been working at the camp and was very stressed and he helped ground me and was a familiar face to share meals with. He always got the water or his special coffee concoction and was so comforting in a very stressful time. On the Saturday when the performances take place we were in the theatre watching an ancient dancing workshop, all were encouraged to participate. We figured why not, so we got up to try. Well we both had 4 left feet between us and we were laughing so hard we could barely stand up. That will remain my fondest memory of a very quiet man who I was so glad to have gotten to know better. Lakefield just won't be the same this year.

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