James Michael TOVEY
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TOVEY, James Michael September 8, 1949 - January 15, 2018 Councillor, Ward One - City of Mississauga A passionate champion of people and community, Jim unexpectedly passed away while returning from work. For more than 42 years, Jim has been spiritual life partner to Lee Tovey and is survived by his beloved son Daniel (Clare) and three grandchildren Andrew, Annabelle and Nathaniel. He will be deeply missed by siblings John, Joyce, Jeff (Teresa), Jeanette (Victor), Joanne (Andrew) and sister and brother-in-law Karen and Bruce. Nieces and nephews Keith (Andrea), Steven (Megan), Nigel (Anna), Brandon, Cullen, Nick and Alexandra will miss his smile, humour and wisdom, as will Aunt Helen McDevitt, Jim's Godmother. Jim was predeceased by his mother Joan and father John. Jim's extended family includes countless dear friends, colleagues and associates. An exceptional fountain of creativity, Jim began his adult career as a musician, writer, poet and artist. His band, Hott Roxx, was selected to perform Toronto's first simulcast concert from the El Mocambo. In a second career, Jim's desire to build earned him success as a master carpenter, architectural technologist, contractor and project manager for 25 years. Jim and wife Lee were the first citizen sponsors for a Habitat for Humanity heritage restoration project. Yet it would be his unwavering service to community where Jim would discover his most important and far-reaching calling. As the President of the Lakeview Ratepayers Association, Jim rallied the community and brought an alternate vision to government. For future generations, a model sustainable community will replace toxic industry and power generation on the Lakeview lands. For his leadership, Jim was honoured as Mississauga's Citizen of the Year in 2009. In December 2010, Jim took the oath of office to serve the residents of Mississauga as Ward One Councillor, balancing the needs of residents, community, environment and growth. As a result of Jim's ability to inspire people, decades of revitalization will distinguish Mississauga's urban culture. In recognition of his achievements, Jim was also honoured with two National Urban Design Awards and the Queen's Jubilee Silver Medal in 2012. Councillor Jim Tovey lived life as an incomparable human spirit who cared deeply and gave selflessly to others. His accomplishments - from changing lives, to changing landscapes, will stand as Jim's enduring legacy. Following a private family service, a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider online donations to The Compass Food Bank, thecompass.ca Online condolences may be placed at www.arbormemorial.ca/scott-mississauga

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Published in Toronto Star on Jan. 20, 2018.
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January 29, 2018
City's Waterfront is James Tovey's Legacy
James Tovey is an inspiration and the work he has done is his legacy for Mississauga, which will be remembered forever.
Mohammad Yasin Janjua
January 29, 2018
Dear Lee ~ Gary and I were so sorry to hear of Jim's sudden passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Gail & Gary Timms
January 27, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family going through these sad and tough times ahead. Jim was an inspiration to us all.
Lynne and Rob Mack
January 24, 2018
Our sincerest condolences to Jim's family, friends and colleagues. We saw him as a fierce councillor for his constituency and a big hearted human. Sorely missed. RIP
Denise Daigle
January 23, 2018
I was shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Jim. I sat with him on the Living Arts Centre board where his ideas and enthusiasm never failed to move the discussions forward in positive ways. Heartfelt condolences for the loss to the family, and to the community.
Emily Brown
January 22, 2018
Dear Lee,
The news came as a big shock.
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Manuela Neto
January 22, 2018
Lee, It was an honour and privilege to know Jim .
Our sincere heartfelt condolences for your loss .
It is a great loss to you and your family and our community.
I know his legacy will be felt for years .
You supported his tireless efforts to better the Mississauga Waterfront . His vision and accomplishments will live on today , tomorrow and for generations to come. Thank you for all you and Jim have done. Sincerely Irene and Charles Agius
January 22, 2018
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
John Sweeney
January 21, 2018
As one of the photographers invited to document the development of Inspiration Lakeview, I met but spent little time with Jim. However, I was continually inspired by his passion, his energy and his warmth. He was an inspiration to all of us.
Bob Warren.
Mississauga, ON.
January 21, 2018
Sid and Sheila
January 21, 2018
Jim was a selfless individual who dedicated his life to public service and to do public good. He was a true champion of Mississauga. His sudden demise left a huge vacuum. My sincere condolences to Jim's family and to the council members. Rest in Peace Jim Michael Tovey.
MOEZZAM ALVI
January 21, 2018
Lee,
I was so saddened to hear of your loss. Jim was such a gift to so many in the community and especially to you. Many hugs And prayers for you and family in the coming months. Dobbie
Susan Dobson
January 21, 2018
Dear Lee and family,Please accept our prayers and condolences. Jim was a class act and his legacy of turning worthy visions into realities will live forever as an inspiration to many.
January 21, 2018
We are very sorry to hear about Jim's sudden passing. Our sincere condolences to the Tovey Family. RIP.
Dan Slipp & Family
January 21, 2018
I will miss our banter sessions and his straightforward talk, which I found extremely refreshing. Your Port Credit family will keep you in our hearts and help sustain your vision. RIP

Darren
Darren Storr
January 21, 2018
Dear Lee, Daniel, grandchildren, family, friends & colleagues,

It is with great sadness we learn about the sudden passing of Councillor Jim Tovey. There are no words to ease your sorrow and pain at this very difficult time. May your cherished memories bring you comfort in the days, weeks and years to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP
Liesa Cianchino & Family
January 21, 2018
My condolences to Jim's family
John De Marchi
January 21, 2018
Dear Lee, Daniel, grandson, family, friends & colleagues,

It is with great sadness we learn about the sudden passing of Jim Tovey. There are no words to ease your sorrow and pain at this very difficult time. May your cherished memories bring you comfort in the days, weeks and years to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP
Liesa Cianchino & Family
January 21, 2018
Dear Lee, Daniel, grandson, family, friends & colleagues,

It is with great sadness we learn about the sudden passing of Councillor Jim Tovey. There are no words to ease your sorrow and pain at this very difficult time. May your cherished memories bring you comfort in the days, weeks and years to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP
Liesa Cianchino & Family
January 21, 2018
Jim Tovey presenting at MBOT 2016 Annual General Meeting
Jim was a great friend to the Mississauga Board of Trade and a wonderful colleague to work with. He will be remembered by our membership for his amazing work on the Lakeview Project.
David Wojcik
January 20, 2018
Jim, thank you for all your support in the community. You will be deeply missed. Yarn Blitzers
January 20, 2018
Dear Lee, Susan and I are so sorry for your unexpected loss. Our thoughts are with you.
Denis and Susan Desrosiers
January 20, 2018
Dear Lee,
We are sorry to hear the news of the passing of Jim. We are sending you our prayers at this time.
Paul Shields
January 20, 2018
To Jim Tovey's family,

I have been involved in Ward 1 community activities for nearly 50 years. Jim was undoubtedly the most visionary and practical visionary person and politician that I have ever met who had both deep knowledge about and unremitting concern for this community. He will be very deeply missed by many of us.My deepest condolences.

David Livingstone

(dwlivingstone@gmail.com)
David Livingstone
January 20, 2018
We are so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. Condolences to all of the Tovey Family. God bless.
Theresa & Amelda FitzPatrick
January 20, 2018
My dear spirit brother. We will all try to help finish your dream. You left us a little bit earlier than expected and one day we may understand why. Beyond all you accomplishments, I carry the spirit of Jim the friend, philosopher and soulful man in my heart. You have been a fine person and an inspiration to us all. You've helped make a better world and we are better people for it. Thank you dear friend.
Bob MacAskill
January 20, 2018
Lee, we are sending you all our love. Marilyn and Andy
January 20, 2018
Lee & Family: We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Susan,Gail,Cathy,Cheryl,Ina,Jane,Jody,Kate_N, Kate_G, Lisa,Marie Rose,Margaret,Michelle,Pat
Yarnblitzers Port Credit
January 20, 2018
Thank you Jim for your support and coming out to events. I have never seen someone excited to go to meetings as you did. Your energy and drive for the Lakeview Community will always be in the heart of the Lakeview Residence.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lee and the Tovey family. Jim, you will be forever missed.
Rea Lingo-Santaguida
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