James Boulton

James Boulton

Friday, February 22nd, 2019
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Boulton, James Thomson (Jim)

Our Dear Poppa died peacefully at Balmoral Place Retirement Residence, Collingwood, in the early morning hours last Friday. The outpouring of love and affection from both residents and staff was overwhelming and we send a special thank you to Jodi, Kim and Doreen for their care and their leadership of a stellar group of caregivers. Dad couldn’t have spent the last stage of life in a more caring environment. Thanks as well to Emma from St Elizabeth and Maria from CBI and many others too numerous to name. Thanks also go to Holland Christian Homes, a wonderful place that Dad called home for 10 years.
Born in 1921, Jim grew up in Weston and attended Weston Collegiate and Vocational School - now Weston Collegiate Institute. He was the third generation to raise his family in Weston in the house that his grandfather built, and where he grew up. He was a lifelong member of Weston Presbyterian Church and a proud Junior Golfing Champion at The Weston Golf and Country Club.

Jim loved hockey and could regularly be heard, loudly critiquing players’ performances through the TV screen. In 1999, Dad attended the final Leafs hockey game at Maple Leaf Gardens. He was an honoured guest, being the descendant of the man who had built the Gardens in 1931 - his grandfather.

His career was spent as an accountant in the banking industry at CIBC for 43 years, where among other roles, he was known as “Mr. Chargex” ( now VISA), later heading a division of Automated and On-Line Banking.
In 1941 he joined the RAF, 129th Squadron, flying Mustang fighter aircraft, and went on to end his military career as Flying Officer in the 442nd Squadron of the RCAF. After hearing of his escapades in England, Germany and Holland flying a Mustang, we marvel that he survived the war and made it home. He wore his wings with great pride!

He leaves behind a loving extended family with fond memories of his colourful story-telling and his glass-half-full approach to life: Judy (Filman), Linda, Phil, Brock, and Hilary; grandchildren Adrienne, Mike, Rod, Kelly, Scott, Drew, Shannon, Deanna, Kylie, Chelsea and Devon; and great-grandchildren Kessa, Kierra, Max, Zack, Keaghan, Seth, Cameron, Hudson, Wesley and Jane. Although not many of his peer group are still around, he will also be fondly remembered by his dear friend Karen at Balmoral, beloved cousin Eleanor Ford, his lifelong friend Buzz Crawford, his niece Barbara Nattress and nephew Doug Moon. He was predeceased by his dear wife Marg in 2007.
As per his wishes, a private burial in Muskoka will take place when the trilliums bloom and the sun is shining.

Dad had a friendly hello for friend or stranger alike, and rarely went anywhere that he didn’t find someone he knew either personally or by association. He would want you to share your cup-half-full with all around you.

If you wish, the War Amps ( and the CNIB ( were Jim’s favourite charities.

Jim’s final words would be:
“Everything’s under control”!
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Norma Kent

Posted at 08:33am
Our deepest condolences to your family on the loss of a very special man. The Owaissa group at Weston Presbyterian Church will miss his fun and laughter at our June and Christmas socials. Jim always had a funny story to tell. Up until he moved to Collingwood he never missed. It was a wonderful way to keep in touch. Your mother and Jim worked tirelessly for the church. They always had time to lend a helping hand or just talk. We have wonderful memories of them both. Jim will be missed. Deepest sympathies Bob and Norma Kent

Mary Ann Bannon

Posted at 10:33pm
So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was such a wonderful man. The family he made on the 6th floor at HCH was at a loss when he moved. Jim also was a constant visitor to those friends who moved on to Grace and Faith Manors. My Mum Annabelle benefited from his help and kindness on both the 6th floor of Trinity Towers and Grace Manor. We were grateful to have made his acquaintance and fondly remember him. Rest In Peace Jim knowing you had a life well lived.

Any Margaret Anderson

Posted at 07:49am
Subject: Uncle Jim- our family gem

Dear Judy and family,

We wish to extend our condolences for the loss of your father. Uncle Jim was a special light in the Boulton family. His energy, enthusiasm, and love of life is renowned. Growing up Uncle Jim and Aunty Marg’s visits brought great joy to your Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Fern. They livened up any home they visited. Jim’s visits to Troy always eased mom’s homesickness when we moved away.

For myself, Uncle Jim always made me feel special, beginning with his cheery greetings full of love and enthusiasm. I couldn’t wait for him arrive and say with such a cheerful intonation, Hello Margaret!” I thought I was the only one he’d come to visit.

Your parents love of family was strong which made grandma very proud. The wonderful memories we brought from the Boulton family, your home, and Humberview are cherished. There was no hesitation when Lynn returned to Canada to finish high school. Your family opened their home and heart.

We know you have always been the apple of his eye. What a loving tribute to be there for him through the years. He was a very lucky man to have you by his side and you brought your family to him. We hope your journey to say goodbye will bring many loving memories.

All our love,
The Gard family: Lynn, Barbara, David, and Amy Margaret

Brenda Nesbitt

Posted at 12:05pm
Jim was a wonderful neighbour and friend to our mom Annabelle Nesbitt at HCH. He was a fine gentleman,and we enjoyed many stories that he shared. Great sense of humour as well. On behalf of our family we express our sympathies to the Boulton family.
Brenda, Mary Ann , and Gayle.

Peter Young

Posted at 01:15pm
I’d like to express my sincere condolences to the Boulton family on the loss of Jim. My parents - the late Joan and Alex Young - were also life-long residents of Weston and were good friends with Jim and Marg for many years, especially through Weston Presbyterian Church. Jim was always so outgoing, friendly, sincere - such a good man with a great sense of humour. What a life, what a legacy. To Judy specifically, I send my sympathy. I haven’t seen you for many years and hope you’re doing well.

Peter Young

Judy Filman Posted at 04:24pm

Thanks so much Peter. I remember you and Steven - I think there was maybe a middle brother as well. I’ve heard from a few other our peers as well - always nice to catch up. I do want to tell you that of all the women in the church with whom my parents were friends, I loved your mom the best - such a sweet classy lady - always made you feel that you were important when she spoke with you! Nice to hear from you.

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