James Bartholomew

Obituary of James Bartholomew

BARTHOLOMEW, James (Jim) Donald Jul. 26, 1957 - Apr. 22, 2020

Jim "crossed the finish line" Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at his home in London, ON at the age of 62 after living the past 3 ½ years with terminal prostate cancer.  He was surrounded by the ones he loved and who loved him: his wife Heather of 34 ½ years, and his four adult children - Maria, Helena (Jayson Murray), Steve, and Mark – of whom he was so proud.  That evening, neighbours, a few friends, and family gathered at a social distance by candlelight to pay their respects as Jim was taken away while La Rejouissance from Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks played in the late-night air. During this time of COVID-19, an intimate funeral service was held in his London home Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 2 p.m. with immediate family, beloved sister Carol (Tom) Gossner and twin brother John Bartholomew (Mary Lysyk) present.  A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Cremation arrangements were overseen in a very gracious manner by Woodland Cemetery of London, ON.

Jim was born July 26, 1957 in Saskatoon, SK to Audrey and Bob Bartholomew (predeceased).  He graduated in 1974 from Walter Murray Collegiate (Saskatoon, SK), attended Royal Roads Military College (Victoria, BC), and graduated with his Bachelor of Engineering Physics as a proud member of the class of '78 from the Royal Military College (Kingston, ON). The College's motto "Truth, Duty, Valour" characterized Jim's personal life and his professional career. In 1999 he graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western Ontario with an Executive MBA. Jim served in the Royal Canadian Navy (1974-1989), and with the Navigators of Canada, Canadian Blood Services and Trojan Technologies. He finished the last 11 years of his career at Compassion Canada.  Jim also served on the boards of Pathways and the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. He was well respected and loved.

Jim enjoyed running, singing, and laughing at his own puns.  He had a great intellect and steadfast faith.  He will be lovingly remembered and sorely missed by his family, Jay's children, cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and by his friends.  He has joined "the Author and Finisher of his faith" and the "great cloud of witnesses" from where he will continue to cheer us on in the great race and journey of life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassion Canada in Jim's memory.