THOMAS, JAMES MURRAY With broken hearts we announce the sudden passing of James Murray Thomas at his home on January 26, 2019, in his 75th year. Predeceased by his parents, George and Jessie Thomas of Waterdown. He is lovingly remembered by his sister Janet (Filip) Dorin and brothers David and Ted. Beloved uncle of Jennifer Dorin, Jeff Dorin (Tammy Schmidt), Mary Beth Dorin, Sarah Dorin McSweeney, Dustin Thomas, Katelyn (Jason) Loykowski and Cheryl Colucci. Jim was a beloved great-uncle to Brent and Ayden Dorin, Maya and Kiera McSweeney, Maddison Martin, Elinore Schmidt and Grace and Janine Loykowski. He will be mourned by many others in his extended family. Jim was a graduate of Sheridan College in Social Work. He worked for Halton-Peel Children's Aid Society for many years and more than 25 years at Griffin Centre in North York. Jim was the Owner/Director of All Ontario Scouting Services. He travelled Ontario scouting high school basketball players. He published a bi-annual All Ontario Scouting Report. He wrote a basketball column for the Toronto Sun and a basketball blog called In the Paint. Basketball was his passion and he was well known throughout the basketball community. He was honoured by McMaster University for his contributions to their Marauders basketball team. Jim was also an avid cyclist, cross country skier and hiker. He was a longtime member of the Toronto Bicycling Club and the High Park Hiking and Skiing Club. Jim loved to travel and visited many places around the globe. He travelled throughout the British Isles, Europe, cycled New Zealand, Australia and the Alberta Ice Fields. He went to many of the islands in the Caribbean and skied all over Ontario, Quebec and in the US. In accordance with Jim's wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph's Banquet and Conference Centre, 300 River Oaks Blvd. E., Oakville, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covenant House Toronto or the Trans Canada Trail, link to the websites can be found at kitchingsteepeandludwig.com Please sign the Tribute Wall at kitchingsteepeandludwig.com
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Published in Toronto Star on Feb. 16, 2019.