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JAMES D. T. AINSLIE MD, FRCSC January 2, 2021 James D. T. Ainslie, MD, FRCSC, passed away on January 2, 2021, peacefully at home after a 16-month battle with cancer. Born in London, ON in 1930, he grew up in Toronto, where he graduated from the University of Toronto Schools (1949) and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (1955). He practiced in Wawa, ON as a GP, then returned to Toronto to train as a urologist, after which he spent most of his career at the East General Hospital, retiring in 1996. He and his wife, Janet (née Wright) were married in 1957 and she will miss him greatly. So too will his three children, Elizabeth (Doug de Leeuw), Mary (John Esson), and Donald (Mike Twamley); and the three grandchildren he adored (Jessica and Rachel de Leeuw, and Will Esson). Jim is survived by his beloved sister, Margaret Tuer, and was predeceased by his brother, George. He also had many nieces and nephews and enjoyed spending time with them and their families. Jim had a keen intelligence and was an excellent physician, but more importantly he was a kind, positive and warm individual. He loved to read and talk politics and was never short of strong opinions, which he would happily debate. His family and friends enjoyed many wonderful times at the family hobby farm in Mulmur, ON, where his enthusiasm for life evidenced itself through many 'projects'. He lived a full and happy life, with many good friends throughout, and alongside a family who loved him, and felt his love for them. The family would like to thank LHIN (Joan, Mo, Pricilla, Romesa), and Dr. Jamie Meuser and his team at the Temmy Latner Centre for their wonderful support throughout Jim's final months. A service will be livestreamed on Monday, January 11 at 3:00 p.m. Please consult the Bedford Funeral Home website for details. In lieu of flowers, if you choose, donations can be made by eTransfer to Yorkminster Park Meals on Wheels, where Jim and Janet volunteered for many years (

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jan. 9 to Jan. 13, 2021.
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January 13, 2021
Dear Janet I recently heard from a former member of TLTC re Jim’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. Such a wonderful, gentle and kind man. Enjoyed playing bridge with you and Jim at Toronto Lawn Tennis Club. Jim had away of always making one feel welcome.
Marilyn Fennell
January 11, 2021
Jim will be missed at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club and around the bridge table. He was an excellent bridge player and a good competitor!
Don and I enjoyed the Zoom service and the wonderful eulogy by Donald.
Our sincere sympathy to Janet and family.
Mary Lou and Don Kerr
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January 10, 2021
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January 10, 2021
Mary, Donald and Liz - I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I will remember him fondly. My condolences.
Meg Gaily
January 9, 2021
My sincere condolences upon hearing of Jim's passing. I picked up the torch from him at East General when he retired. I enjoyed his wise counsel and storytelling for the many years that followed. He was a very good man.

Rajiv Singal
Rajiv Singal
January 8, 2021
Dear Janet and family, my heartfelt sympathy for your loss of a dear husband, father, grandfather, and brother to Marg. I remember Jim as a lovely, gentle man with a cheery smile and a good sense of humour. I can picture him in his tennis whites at the TLTC and at the bridge table on Tuesday nights: no fancy conventions, just a very good, instinctive player who enjoyed the game, respected his partner and opponents., and won frequently.
Thinking of you at this sad time,
Carol Shipton
Carol Shipton
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