JAMES (JIM) WILLIAM BESSEY April 6, 1920 - September 13, 2010 WWII Veteran Canadian Watercolour Artist Passed away peacefully with family at his bedside at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket. He will be forever in our hearts, sadly missed by his beloved wife June of 67 years, children Sharon, Kathleen (Peter). With love and thanks to Andrzej. Remembered by his dear sister Florence West, nephews, cousins and friends. Predeceased by parents Melvin and Hilda and great- granddaughter Savannah. Survived by 4 grandchildren Tracey (Larry), Sean (Sue), Cheryl (Kevin), Jody (Todd) and 10 great-grandchildrem. Born and raised in North Toronto, a graduate of North Toronto Collegiate and King's College University, Halifax where he received his officer's training as Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and served aboard corvettes HMCS Lethbridge and HMCS Arvida from 1940-1945. From 1958-1972 associated with Comstock International, life member of the Ontario Natural Gas Association, former Director of Robert B. Sommerville Co. Ltd. And past member of St. Andrew's Lodge No. 16. Jim left the natural gas industry in 1972 to become a full time Artist, was deeply proud of Canada and his works were included in many private collections. The Province of Ontario presented his paintings to HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the late Queen Mother as gifts from the Province and the Loyalist Societies. A member of the Dundas Valley School of Art, the Art Guild of Scarborough and the Latcham Gallery of Stouffville. Jim's interests included the work of Big Brothers and the former Hugh MacMillan Centre. If desired, donations can be made to the Latcham Gallery in Stouffville or the Southlake Regional Health Centre Palliative Care Unit. Private family funeral service has taken place and arrangements entrusted to O'Neill Funeral Home, Stouffville, 905-642-2855.
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Published in the Toronto Star on Sept. 14, 2010