James Bartlett
1979 - 2020
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James Joseph Bartlett, at the age of 41, on Saturday, November 14, 2020. James was known as many things: an amazing son to Sheila and Dave Bartlett, the best brother ever to Virginia Bartlett, and an accomplice to the hijinks of his brother-in-law, Brandon Ruys. Loving Grandson to the Late Sid and Grace Coles, and Joseph and Louise Bartlett. To the rest of the world, James was known as one of the bravest, funniest people, and a no-nonsense person! Loved by his aunts, uncles, and cousins! Missed by his many friends. James's accomplishments included: cardiac (heart) transplant of 26 years, former employee of RBC, a member of the TTC Accessibilities Committee, lifetime fan of The Toronto Argos and Buffalo Bills, proud graduate of the University of Toronto's Transitional Year Program, the recipient of the Jack Diamond Award and the Margot McGrath-Harding Award from The University of Toronto. But his greatest accomplishment was being the world's greatest uncle to Kathryn and Colton Ruys. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada, and at James's request, become a registered organ and tissue donor. Letters of condolence, shared stories and memorial donations may be left for the family online at www.mckersie-kocher.ca


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Published in Mississauga News on Nov. 18, 2020.
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November 22, 2020
James lives in my memory, pre-illness, as a carefree soccer player with the sunniest of personalities and always so very generous and playful with the little kids on Kindree Circle. My daughters looked up to James and to Ginny, our occasional babysitter, and we hold fond memories. Deepest condolences to your family on the loss of James.
November 20, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Barry Upshaw
Barry Upshaw
November 18, 2020
James was an Easter Seal Camper at Blue Mountain, an Erinoak youth, and much later, a member of the Vibrant Healthcare Alliance (formerly Tobias House) alongside me.

More than any of these roles, James was hilarious, kind, down to earth and a friend.

He was a cool, hip teenager, and a no nonsense guy who told you like it was in the kindest possible way.

My husband and I always enjoyed chatting with him and hearing his pointed perspective on living with a disability.

James' life wasn't easy, but it was clear he enjoyed it, especially when he moved downtown and built a network of friends.

To James' family and friends: I'm sorry for your loss. He was one of a kind, but you all know that already.
Christie Ladner Freeman
Friend
November 18, 2020
I met James as a teenager through Erinoak youth programs and events. He was one of the cool, older kids, always funny and no time for drama or mundane things.

Years later, I was thrilled to meet James in downtown Toronto where he moved and was quickly learning the ups and downs of city life and dealing with attendant services. His matter-of-fact, pointed view of living with a disability led him to become a member of the Board Of Directors of Directors at Vibrant Healthcare Alliance where we both served for years. He offered a realistic, fair and honest perspective of what it's like to need help every day.

I always enjoyed running into James. He was a bright, hilarious, light in a world that can often break our hearts.

To James' family: I'm sorry for your loss. He was one of a kind, but I don't need to tell you that.

Christie Ladner Freeman
Friend
November 18, 2020
I met James as a teenager through Erinoak youth programs and events. He was one of the cool, older kids, always funny and no time for drama or mundane things.

Years later, I was thrilled to meet James in downtown Toronto where he moved and was quickly learning the ups and downs of city life and dealing with attendant services. His matter-of-fact, pointed view of living with a disability led him to become a member of the Board Of Directors of Directors at Vibrant Healthcare Alliance where we both served for years. He offered a realistic, fair and honest perspective of what it's like to need help every day.

I always enjoyed running into James. He was a bright, hilarious, light in a world that can often break our hearts.

To James' family: I'm sorry for your loss. He was one of a kind, but I don't need to tell you that.

Christie Ladner Freeman
Friend
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