Dr. James Alexander McPhee, 94, passed away peacefully with family at his side at Royal
Victoria Hospital in Barrie on October 8th, 2019. Born on March 18, 1925, Jim grew up in the
small rural community of Ophir near Sault Ste. Marie. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in
March of 1943. Shot down over Germany during active duty in November of 1944, he was
captured and held as a prisoner of war until his escape in May of 1945. After graduating from
the University of Toronto Medical School in 1953, Jim practiced family medicine in Gravenhurst,
King City, and Richmond Hill until his retirement in 1992. Jim continued working until 2009 at the
age of 84, assisting in the orthopedic surgical unit at York Central Hospital (now Mackenzie
Health). During his career, he was active in the establishment of York Central Hospital, where
he also served on the Medical Advisory Committee and for a time as Chief of Staff. He was a
past-president of the Ontario College of Family Physicians. Jim had a lifelong love of music and
the outdoors which he shared with his many beloved friends and family. In his retirement, he
was an active member of the Golden K, the Veterans Club of Barrie, RCAF 441 Wing
Association, and an active lecturer at the Historical Society.
Predeceased by his parents Angus and Elizabeth (née Cooper), his siblings Murdoch, Sarah,
Jessie, Neil, Ethel, Angus, Florence and Muriel, his first wife Norah (née Scriver), his second
wife Marilyn (née Webster), and his daughter Mary. He is survived by his children Bruce,
Charles (Louise), Ross (Jane), and Gail (Charlie) and his stepchildren Leslie (Larry), Heidi,
Matthew (Tanya) and Jeff (Debbie). Also survived by his grandchildren Michael, Todd (Jessica),
Nairn (Paula), Dustin, Laura (Nick), Mark ( Nora), Michelle , Esther ( Anthony), Katherine (
Alex), Heather (Simon), Jessica (Jeff), Carlyle, Kevin (Jasmine), Logan (Leanne), Kia, Ryan,
Shelby, Morgan (Alex), Laurel and great-grandchildren, Louis, Hobbs, Tavis, Payden, Maddie,
Brody, Alexandra, Juniper, Violet, Declan, and Saragh.
He was a man of incredible determination, integrity, and intelligence who touched many lives.
Jim was known for friendship and kindness to others; he will be greatly missed and fondly
remembered. A celebration of life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 147, 410
Vincent St in Barrie on November 22 from 1 to 5pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the
Veterans Club of Barrie or the Royal Canadian Legion.