James Syer Ballantyne

October 5, 1990 - January 4, 2021

Funeral Details: A Private Family Gathering Was Held

James Syer Ballantyne passed away peacefully with his parents by his side at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on January 4th, 2021 at the age of 30.

 

James was born on October 5, 1990 and ever since that day, he captured the heart and love of everyone who knew him. James will be dearly missed by his parents Wayne Ballantyne (Elgein) and Mary Anne Van Acker (Randy), his sister Lauren (Amanda) and brother Sean. He will also be deeply missed by his grandparents Maurice and Leona, who were so proud of him. He will be missed by so many others; his uncles and aunts Pat, Rene, John, Jayne, Susie, and Cheryl, plus all his cousins and friends from around the world. And lastly, his dearest pawed friend, Milo.

 

James cared deeply for his family and for his friends. He loved family events and rarely missed any. He loved spending time with and greatly valued his friends. He loved to travel and spent a semester at the Tilburg University in Holland. He made the most of this time in Europe, travelling extensively and making many new friends along the way. After James’ undergrad in International Business at Ottawa University, he was hired by State Farm and proceeded with promotions through his career toward his most recent position as an Advisor within Desjardins’ Commercial Actuarial division. He was a very smart and ambitious young man with a life-long desire to learn. He could frequently be found reading books, newspapers, and magazines, listening to podcasts, or watching documentaries. He was also an avid explorer of Toronto’s food scene. With his wide array of knowledge, he could engage in meaningful conversation with anyone, and he loved to make others laugh. He was the kindest soul who took time to stop and talk to strangers, letting them feel he was their friend for that moment. He is a loss to so many.

 

James, we love you so very much. We are so proud of you. You will be so truly missed and you will never be forgotten. You are in our hearts and memories, forever.

A private family gathering has taken place.  Arrangements entrusted to Peaceful Transition York (2-15236 Yonge Street Aurora, Ontario) and condolences may be forwarded to the family through peacefultransition.ca

 

In Memory of James, memorial donations may be made directly through Camh.ca

CONDOLENCES

103 Condolences
  • Alexander Terras
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    I’m verry sorry for your loss! We didn’t met that much but it hurts me to hear that! Much love from the family in Belgium!

  • Martine De Coninck
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Ons diepste medeleven bij het onmenselijke verlies dat jullie treft. De leegte die jullie geliefde zoon achterlaat, is niet met woorden te vullen. Wij wensen jullie veel kracht toe om dit verlies te verwerken. Veel sterkte voor jullie gezin, grootouders en de hele familie.
    Familie Braeckevelt-De Coninck
    Martine & Didier
    Maxim & Paulien
    Heline & Sander

  • Aaron persyn
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Sincere condolences from grandfather Maurice his niece Carine (from Belgium) her son.

  • Sujana
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    My heart aches to hear this news.
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss
    What a lovely person, who will be deeply missed.

  • Sujana
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    My heart aches to hear this news.
    What a lovely person, who will be deeply missed.
    Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss.

  • Raman Rai
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    James never ended a convo until you were crying of laughter. I spoke with him on Saturday afternoon, he joked around for half of our convo; still left me laughing. He was excited about Milo having a yard to play in. I hope you know how loved you were. Love and miss you dearly. ❤️

  • Raj Nadarajah
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    My deepest condolonces.

    James has been a great colleague, brother and friend.

    We both started in the same group at State Farm and on the first day we both sat together immediately making friends and joking around.

    We both shared similar interests in music and passion for various world renouned dj’s.

    Always contacted his work friends to chat and catch up during busy times.

    An amazing soul that will be greatly missed.

  • Jasdeep Gill
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    I will always remember James as a smart, funny, and caring friend. He loved animals and we bonded over our love for dogs. I will miss our daily laughs and exchanges of animal videos. He was the sweetest soul and I will miss my friend so much. Love you James!

  • Kari-Ann Narain
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    I was so sad and shocked hearing the news of James’ passing. I had the pleasure of working with him in the past. He was so great to work with and I enjoyed the opportunity to have him on my team. My condolences to all his family and friends. May he rest in eternal piece.

  • Elston
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. James has been a great friend and I will miss him greatly. He was always there to give advice or provide a laugh. He was very bright and caring. May he rest in peace.

  • GEERT VERBEKE - MAGDA DE CONINCK
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Ann , Randy and the whole family.
    We just recieved via Caroline the bad news that James passed away on Jan 4th.Also for us it’s an emotional shock.Incomprehensible.
    It’s so hard for a parent to leave a child.So young, full of dreams.Our minds are with you and the whole family.
    Keep strong and courageous in this difficult time.
    Geert – Magda and (grand)children

  • Stephanie Young
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    James, you will be missed. I don’t know anyone else who mistakenly buys concert tickets only to find out that the band we came to see turned out to be the opener band, but you did. I will miss dragging you all over Toronto eating at the most overpriced hipster brunch spots. Thanks for putting up with me and educating me on the most random facts. At least now you can go bother Alex Trebek.

  • Roland De Coninck
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Mary Anne & Randy, Lauren & Amanda, Sean, uncle Maurice & aunt Leona and family

    We were speachless when we heard the news and still, we don’t quite know what to say.. We want to send you our sincere condoleances. We hope you may find strenght together to carry this huge loss.. And that the heavy pain you are feeling, may become lighter in time by the many warm memories and beautiful moments you had together with your family. We have seen James only a few times, but at that short period of time, we saw a very kind, funny and warm social man, who truly cared about his family.

    We wish you lots of strength and our thoughts are with you,
    Roland, Roos, Justine & Thibaut

  • Kirshita Seevaratnam
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    James was the life of all social gatherings. He made sure that everyone was included and engaged with everyone, even the people that he just met. I had many firsts with James. He took me to my first NFL game, my first rock concert, my first tailgate party and the list can keep going. I will always cherish those memories. James made everyone around him smile and feel special. He will be greatly missed. ❤

  • Sonia LaCivita
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    My deepest condolences. I worked with James at Desjardins, and he always kept us laughing. The team was more than just co-workers; we were great friends, and James was a big part of that. He will be dearly missed.

  • Jimmy Sarjeant
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    James, my dear friend, my oldest friend, you will be missed more than I can express with words. Over the past few days I’ve been reminiscing on all of our amazing moments, experiences and memories that we shared. From concerts, Wake Stock, Festivals, Euro trips, Halo shreds, tossing the lax ball around, prom, Bills games and all the blurry nights that we got into as stupid yutes. There are too many to write out. So, I am going to get to the point, you were a great friend, a best friend, a confidant, a leader, a kind, generous and selfless person. I am going to miss you dude, I carry your influence with me every day. Gone far too soon, but never forgotten.

    I love you dude… your friend, always, Jimmy <3

  • Rocco Smeriglio
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Jimmy V! So full of life, humour and a joie de vivre that would rival anyone. Always smiling, a bastion of positivity.

    I am going to dearly miss our sporadic and frequent chats about politics, history, sports, work and all of the other random topics we discussed over the years. I can still picture you coming down the row to chat with Stuart and I about anything and everything.

    You will be sincerely missed Mr. Valentine. I hope one day that our paths will cross again and we’ll be able to exchange some finger guns 😉

  • Marie Castillo
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I remember James being so funny, so kind and always willing to help no matter what. He will be greatly missed.

  • Rita Gravina
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dearest Mary Anne, my deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. My thoughts are with you.

    Sincerely,
    Rita Gravina

  • Tom Marcaccini
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Sincerely,

    Tom Marcaccini

  • Danny Schryburt
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Mary Anne,
    I am so saddened to hear about this loss. My condolences to you and all of the family and friends that have been touched by James.
    Danny

  • Alex Sayers
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne and family
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Although I didn’t meet James, I know that he must have been a great person with a mother like Mary Anne. Thinking of you MAV.
    Alex

  • Amanda Beatty
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    I worked with James at Desjardins and he is, without a doubt, one of the most contagiously fun human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Every memory of him is smile inducing. He is a gift that will be missed but remembered fondly – shining eternally in those smiles. Rest in peace, James.

  • Mei Cheung
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    James is very smart and bright. When I heard the news, I just recall your smiling face. You will surely be missed. I feel like you are there somewhere not too far away.

  • Kulwant Singh
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Shocking to hear that! Such a soft spoken and pleasing personality. My heartfelt condolences. May god give courage to family members.

  • sharon Epstein
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    My Dearest Mary Anne,
    There are no words to express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. I am sending you a big hug and wishing you and your family my condolences at this very difficult time.
    Although I never met your son you spoke of him with such love, what a very sad time this is.

    Look after yourself

    Thinking of you and your family

    SharonXXX

  • Danette Dickinson
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you.

    Danette

  • Sherri McFarlane
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne and family,

    In reading through messages from friends and families near and far it is so clear that James – through his genuine curiosity, intelligence and humour – found his way into the hearts of so many people. MAV, you and your family are in my thoughts and I wish you much comfort as you move through this very sad time.

    Sherri

  • Suzanne Ranson
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne and family –
    My heart goes out to all of you. I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Suzanne

  • Jocelyn Chan
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne,

    My deepest condolences on you and your family. I am thinking of you.

  • Kimberley Mitchell
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Mav,

    Thinking of you and your family. This is heartbreaking for you all and I am sending every ounce of love. I am so sorry for the loss of James.

    Kim

  • Brad Sproxton
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Shocked and so sad to have just read this. From impromptu chats in the hallways and occasionally at the gym, James was always warm, friendly and just a good guy to talk to. My deepest sympathies to his family, closest friends and those that knew him the best. God bless and know he and his family are in my prayers.

  • Lori Angle
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dearest Mary Anne,
    I am so saddened by this heartbreaking news. My deepest condolences to you, your family and all those touched by James.
    Sending you all my love,
    Lori

  • Debbie Alvarez
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dearest MaryAnne

    I met James a few times when he came to visit you at BSS.

    I am deeply saddened by this news and I am truly sorry for your loss.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Take care.

    Debbie

  • Celeste Kirsh
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Mav,

    I’m so saddened to hear of your loss. I cannot even begin to wrap my heart around what you must be feeling right now, but know that my love is with you.

    Celeste

  • Jan Schreiber
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne:
    There are no words. I think of the times we chatted about our kids (and dogs) with affection. Wishing you and your family love and peace at this difficult time.
    Fondly, Jan

  • Caitlin Dobie
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dear MAV,

    You are in my heart as you endure through this unspeakably difficult time. Your entire BSS family is behind you and sending infinite love.

    Caitlin

  • Heather Evelyn
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Embrace and cherish your memories.
    Heather

  • Marion De Piero
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. May God surround you with His love and peace during this difficult time.
    Sincerely,
    Marion

  • Cathy Mathison
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne,

    My most heartfelt thoughts are with you and your family at this sad, terrible time.

    Warmly,
    Cathy Mathison

  • Yvonne Michalek
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family. May you find comfort in knowing you are not alone, you are surrounded by those who care for you.
    Yvonne

  • Genny Lee
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne,

    My sincere and heartfelt condolences for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Sincerely,
    Genny

  • Erin Imrie
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dearest Mary Anne,
    Emily McDowell has made a name for herself with her empathy greeting cards. They always come to mind at times of grief, particularly one that simply reads, “There is no good card for this.”
    I don’t ever really know what to say, or how to make things better, but I so wish that I could. I cannot imagine the loss and pain, but I hope that you are able to find some solace and comfort amongst your friends, family, colleagues, and memories.
    You are in my heart.
    Erin

  • Krishpa and Gregory
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dearest Mary Anne and family,

    We are very sorry to learn of the loss of such a fine young man. We will remember you in our prayers. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences.

    Gregory McDonald and Krishpa Kotecha

  • Cathy Gibbs
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Mary Anne, there are no words of comfort that can ease the pain of losing a child. I am so very sorry. You and you family are in my prayers.
    Rev. Cathy

  • Darby Macnab
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is clear that James was a beautiful, well-loved human being who will forever be in your hearts.

    My thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.

    Darby

  • mai adams
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    I just got the news tonight and my heart is breaking, I am so sorry for Maryanne ,Wayne ,Lauren and Sean and Families .
    There is no way I can even tell you of the difficult road ahead ,just know he was loved by so many.One day at a time..
    “he walk with us in our hearts ”
    Love from Doug ,Mai and Kat Adams

  • Paul Toth
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Dearest Mary Anne. Over the many years, places, and friends we have shared, you always expressed immense pride, love and devotion for your wonderful children. I’m so sorry for your loss and the pain you and your family are experiencing.

    Paul

  • Diana Lai
    Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Reply

    Please accept my sincerest condolences. I will always cherish my memories of James: his laugh, his quick wit and humour, his stories of the most random things, and celebrating milestones of our State Farm friends. He was so thoughtful and kind, especially towards my daughters. James, you were a great friend and I will miss you.

  • Linda De Coninck
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Beste familie,

    Het jaar 2021 is voor jullie begonnen met heel veel verdriet.Een kind verliezen is de ergste pijn voor een oudershart. Uit de vele getuigenissen van vrienden, collega’s en familie blijkt de warme persoonlijkheid van James. Moge de vele mooie herinneringen aan jullie zoon, aan jullie kleinzoon, aan jullie broer jullie verdriet een beetje verzachten. We leven mee met jullie.
    Veel sterkte voor jullie gezin, grootouders, familie en vrienden.
    Familie Eric en Linda Landuyt- De Coninck.

  • Linda De Coninck
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Beste familie,

    Het jaar 2021 is voor jullie begonnen met heel veel verdriet. Een kind verliezen is de ergste pijn voor een oudershart. Uit de vele getuigenissen van vrienden, collega’s en familie blijkt de warme persoonlijkheid van James. Moge de vele mooie herinneringen aan jullie zoon, aan jullie kleinzoon en aan jullie broer jullie verdriet een beetje verzachten. Wij leven mee met jullie.
    Veel sterkte voor jullie gezin, grootouders, familie en vrienden.
    Familie Eric en Linda Landuyt- De Coninck.

  • Atsmon Ganor
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne,
    My deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved son James. My heart is with you and your family in these difficult times.
    Atsmon

  • Naqeeb
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    James will be missed. One of my first thoughts when hearing the news is how generous he was with his time, always offering to help and in fact, he played a part with my career development. Sad to hear the news as I was driving and a reminder of how precious life is. Thoughts are prayers with the family and friends.

  • Angus Ho
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    James, you will always be remembered as a kindhearted, bright, and funny friend. I cannot remember a time where I don’t see a smile on your face. You always come by when you come into the office for a quick chat, joke and catch up. You were always there for your friends and it was a pleasure knowing you and have worked with you. You will be missed.

  • Donna Drover
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you
    Sincerely
    Donna

  • Jodi Rice
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne and family,

    I’m so saddened to hear of your loss. The tribute to James of so many people remembering him with so much fondness hopefully brings you the comfort of knowing how much he meant to others as well as to you. May his memory be for a blessing.

    With condolences,
    Jodi

  • Cassandra O’Brien
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    My sincerest condolences to all who knew James. I had the honour of working with James in his most recent capacity at Desjardins and he was nothing, but a pleasure to work with. James was always kind, and ready to take on the next challenge that was passed along to him. His loss will be heavily felt by his Desjardins Commercial family. To James’ family, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this unbelievably difficult time.

  • Matthew & Alyssa De Dominicis
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne and Family,

    Our deepest condolences for the lose of your son James. Our hearts and minds are with you in this very difficult time.
    Thinking of you and the memories and people James touched in his life.
    Sincerely,

    Matthew & Alyssa

  • Susmita Neville
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne,
    I am so sorry to hear about this heart breaking news about your son. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

    Hugs,
    Susmita

  • Kerri Embrey
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne. What a wonderful person you brought into the world. I am sending you so much love, peace and strength in this time of sorrow. You are loved.

  • Alana Bell and Brendan O'Malley
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Brendan worked with James at Desjardins, and we had spoken of him often, not realizing he was your son.

    Brendan remembers this about their time at work together:

    James always had a fun story to share. He liked to talk about the Leafs, he could improvise humorously on any theme, and his conversation would often return to his family. He would get a sideways, impish smile as he enjoyed our banter. James set a great example with his positive attitude and bravery in the face of health issues. I will miss him.

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

    Alana and Brendan

  • Beatriz Skupek
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Our deepest condolences, in prayer we hope to find comfort. My you heart be filled with his memory and love. RIP

  • Natasha Taylor
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne,
    My deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts and my heart as you navigate through this difficult time. May your beautiful memories of James help to sustain you and your family.
    Natasha

  • Ronny Naessens - Anne-Mie Van Acker (Belgium)
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne and family,

    Our deepest condolences.
    To Mary Anne, Uncle Mauric and aunt Leona, and all the cousins, much strenght in this difficult period.
    Try to keep the good memories.

    Sincerely,
    Ronny & Anne-Mie, Fleur & Troy, Mathieu & Maité

  • Faraz Hassan Qureshi
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne and Family,
    My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. I am truly sorry for your loss. He was very intelligent, bright and a very nice person.
    May God give you and family the strength to bear this loss! Amen!
    Faraz

  • Kellie Hogel
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    My sincerest condolences to James’ Family and Friends. Obviously if you have written a message on this page, James has been a part of your life and has impacted it in one way or another. I have read through some of the messages and am very humbled, but not at all shocked, to see how James has touched so many people.
    I worked with James at State Farm/Desjardins and was on his team during his time in AB Claims. Boy what laughs we all shared. I loved listening to your stories about your travels and being in awe over all the places you have visited. You just had this ability to brighten a room with your humour and killer smile! You will be missed dearly my Friend. Rest Easy J-Dawg ❤️

  • Sara Mesgarzadeh
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne

    Words can not begin to express my sorrow. Please accept my deepest condolences.

    May he rest in peace. His wonderful memories will live on forever.

    God bless you and comfort you

  • Annette Fernandes
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    My deepest condolences to the family on your sad loss.
    It is sad that I only got to know James during his illness. Reading all the stories above, I can well imagine how much he is going to be missed by all those close to him. May God grant you all the strength to bear your suffering. Remember time will heal, but memories will never fade. Cherish those good moments.

    Annette

  • Shaghig Kolandjian
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    I worked with James for about a year and half on the same team and kept in touch with him when he moved into a new role, although, I regret to say, not as much as I should have. He would always come around to have a chat and cheer me up when I wasn’t having the best day and even took me out for Shawarma after I had not done well on an important exam. He was a dog-lover like me and he’d often send me funny videos or ask to see photos of my dog and I his. He was such a kind person with an unforgettable laugh that I will never forget.

    My deepest condolences.

  • Florence De Dominicis
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    Dear family and friends of James, my condolences to you for the tragic loss of this bright young man. He touched many people with his sense of fun and kindness. My heart goes out to you all as you remember James and miss him. May he rest now.

  • Dylan Williams
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    I had the pleasure of working really closely with James over the past couple of years. He really was an inspiring person to be around with a great sense of humor. He always saw the positive side of things even with all of the challenges that he was facing. James will be missed dearly but always remembered. My condolences to his friends and family.

  • Sarah Irfan
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    James, a privilege to have you pick me as your friend. Keeping me company at the oddest times and most random places. 12 hour layover? You talked to me for hours. So bright, both mind and spirit. I will miss you.

  • Catherine Patch
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    The tributes to a young man with so much ahead of him keep coming, testimony to the charm and kindness of James Ballantyne. But as we come together today to honour this young man, he is, tragically, not among us. In his 30 years of life, James made many friends who today are united in grief. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and to James’ parents and family.

  • David Bagnoli
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    I will remember fondly the times we got to work and hang out together at and around the office. Just want to say thanks for making even the darkest of days brighter for many of us; I’ll always remember that hearty laugh!

  • Ajay Amrit
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    I’m still in shock and deeply saddened by hearing the news of your passing. James, you were such a great friend and I really hope you knew how many people loved and cared for you. I will always remember you for your intelligence, your sharp wit and your great sense of humour. You were truly a one of a kind person, who always checked up on friends and provided support and a laugh when needed the most. I’ll forever cherish the countless memories I have of all the good times we’ve had together and will miss you dearly my friend. I know that I will see you again someday buddy – Until then, Rest in Paradise Jimmy, love you bro!

  • Joe Gagliano
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    James- it feels surreal writing this. It was only a couple of weeks ago we were discussing you making a trip in 2021 to Buffalo for a Bills game. You will be missed dearly. I cherish all of the great memories we had together. The trips to London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Toronto, Buffalo all are some of my fondest memories. We have spent the last couple of days revisiting those times, and truly have made me grateful for knowing such a special individual. To Mary Anne and Wayne- your son brought so much happiness to me and so many others. He was a shining light in this world. We loved him so much. He will be missed dearly.

  • Chris Stewart
    Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2021 Reply

    I was privileged to have met and worked with James at Desjardins. I will always remember James as a very kind, intelligent and funny person who was very easy to talk to and an incredible host of our weekly Jeopardy games. My deepest condolences, James you will be truly missed.

  • Ryan Holland
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    Sorry for your loss James was loved very much.

  • Andy Macaulay
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    James and I had walked home together almost everyday throughout high school. Although we only saw each other on occasion since- I always have and always will look back on those days with the fondest memories, with you and the rest of the gang.

    Thank you to your family for a wonderful online service.

  • R Andrade
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    James, your life and character inspires us. Dear MAV and family, what an incredible young man! Much love. 🙏💖

  • John & Julie Wood
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    Dear Wayne, Mary Anne, Lauren, Sean and Family,

    We are so saddened to hear of James’ passing. It is incomprehensible.

    James was, and always will be a part of our village, our neighbourhood, and our family. We have all been so blessed to have our kids make and maintain the wonderful friendships that have grown out of the neighbourhood that they grew up in.
    He was one of the boys: and we considered him one of our own.

    From the early days at Wells Street School, where many families bonded and lifetime friendships were made among our children, though to adulthood, James was one of the gang. There was always the brief moment of confusion when any news about a “James” was being relayed, because there were so many “James” in the gang, “I’m sorry, are we talking about Jimmy, Ballantyne or Floros? We always had to clarify.

    Our earliest memories of James are helping him learn to ski, during several of the Wells Street Ski days. He was always a very determined and capable kid. Then watching him grow and mature, until the day he walked in our door, after not seeing him for a while, and being stunned by the young man standing there before us. He had found a love of working out and was tall, lean and muscular. He smiled from ear to ear because he knew he looked great!

    The thing we loved best about James was that even though we were just the parents of one of his friends, he always took a minute to stop and have a chat with us. He was polite, engaging, funny and always made us feel like family.

    We loved James, and we mourn his loss with you.
    John & Julie Wood

  • John & Julie Wood
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    Dear Wayne, Mary Anne, Lauren, Sean and Family,

    We are so saddened to hear of James’ passing. It is incomprehensible.

    James was, and always will be a part of our village, our neighbourhood, and our family. We have all been so blessed to have our kids make and maintain the wonderful friendships that have grown out of the neighbourhood that they grew up in.
    He was one of the boys: and we considered him one of our own.

    From the early days at Wells Street School, where many families bonded and lifetime friendships were made among our children, though to adulthood, James was one of the gang. There was always the brief moment of confusion when any news about a “James” was being relayed, because there were so many “James” in the gang, “I’m sorry, are we talking about Jimmy, Ballantyne or Floros? We always had to clarify.

    Our earliest memories of James are helping him learn to ski, during several of the Wells Street Ski days. He was always a very determined and capable kid. Then watching him grow and mature, until the day he walked in our door, after not seeing him for a while, and being stunned by the young man standing there before us. He had found a love of working out and was tall, lean and muscular. He smiled from ear to ear because he knew he looked great!

    The thing we loved best about James was that even though we were just the parents of one of his friends, he always took a minute to stop and have a chat with us. He was polite, engaging, funny and always made us feel like family.

    We loved James, and we mourn his loss with you.
    John & Julie Wood

  • Smita Kazi
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    It has been an absolute pleasure working with James. It was such a shock hearing about his passing. In reading the messages there is a common theme of what an impact he made on everyone. I will.always remember him for his wit, kindness and contagious smile. He will be dearly missed.

  • Kate Crokam
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    Dear MAV,

    I cannot begin to understand the insurmountable pain and loss you are feeling. While I never met your son, I do remember fondly the love and warmth with which you spoke of him. He certainly sounds like a man of great character, charm and kindness. My hope is that you feel the love and support your friends and loved ones are sending your way. We are all holding you close to our hearts.

    With caring thoughts, love and light,

    Kate xo

  • Jonathan Tepper
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne – My deepest condolences. My heart goes out to you and your family during this time of sorrow. Kind regards, Jonathan

  • Carine De Coninck
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    Those we love
    don’t go away
    they walk beside us
    every day.
    Unseen, unheard
    but always near
    so loved, so missed
    so very dear.

    Dear niece Mary Anne& Randy, dear Lauren & Amanda, Sean, dear Uncle Maurice and dear ount Leona and family
    We give our sincere condoleances for the passing of you dear son and grandson James.
    He seems such a lovely boy.
    Proud to be his family of the Flanders!♡♡♡
    We wish you all lots of strength in the sad of your dear son and grandson James.
    Let us al remember the nice days and the love that James brought in your life. ♡♡♡
    Niece Carine and my children Aäron, Elise& Brecht.

  • sara holzman
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    I have so many great memories of James at the cottage: tube wars and the Jumping Rocks; ska and new wave music (thanks Wayne!); Harry Potter and the Simpsons; and later, as we got older flip cup and many Happy Hours on the dock. The Ballantynes are more than just seasonal home neighbours to the Sparks and Holzmans; they’re family. And so many of my childhood family memories will forever have James in them. Lots of love- Sara Holzman, Iqaluit, Nunavut

  • Timothy Adam boyce
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    Saddened to hear about this , prayers and wishes to his friends and family.

  • Mary Murray
    Posted on: Saturday, January 9, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Ann,
    I was very saddened to hear of the loss of your son James. Treasure
    the memories of time spent and be comforted by the love that surrounds you.
    May you find strength and peace at this very difficult time.
    Sending love and hugs.
    Mary

  • Charlotte Terras
    Posted on: Sunday, January 10, 2021 Reply

    James and I were second cousins. An ocean between us. But in spite of the distance, I felt like he was my friend and I am so sorry for his loss.

    The first time we met was In 2003. We met at Waynes cottage by the Lake of Bays. Me, my meme and Justine had a nice afternoon at the lake. James was then 12 and I was 14. He was funny and friendly and maybe a bit shy.

    The second time we saw each other was in 2011. James was studying abroad in the Netherlands. During the Easter Holiday, Mary Anne, Lauren and James stayed at my parents’ house. We visited Bruges and Brussels together and had a nice couple of days. James was good at making conversation and such a nice guy to be around.

    The last time we saw each other was in 2015. I was on a solo trip to Canada. James and I spent a few days together in Toronto and Aurora. We went on walks with Reggy, he took me to The Royal Ontario Museum and we had a couple of nice meals together at places he showed me. I remember we got a parking ticket and ate at a Jamaican place. He also took me to my first and only baseball game. The bluejays won that night. James was a generous person and made sure I had a good time.

    I’m sorry we never got to see each other again after that. If we had lived in the same country, I think we would have been close friends. I will never forget him.

  • Alyssa Tantengco
    Posted on: Sunday, January 10, 2021 Reply

    Dearest Mary Anne,
    Please accept my sincerest condolences. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. James’ memories will live on forever and I hope that you may one day find comfort knowing how loved he was.

  • Jane and Mike Sarjeant
    Posted on: Monday, January 11, 2021 Reply

    Mary Anne, Wayne and families,

    We are so very sad about this. James was a smart, funny, sweet guy. He made the world a better place by being in it, and we hope you can take some comfort from that. We have some great memories and will always cherish those. We will make a donation to honour his memory. Take good care. Jane, Mike and Hayley.

  • James Floros
    Posted on: Monday, January 11, 2021 Reply

    I know I speak for all of James’ childhood friends when I say that losing James feels like losing a brother.

    I grew up with James and counted him as a close friend for 25 years. We knew each other from such a young age that I can barely remember a time without him.

    In elementary school at Wells Street PS, a few of our teachers thought it was hilarious to seat James and I beside each other in class and shout “James!”, so we would jerk our heads around in response at the same time. I remember we got into trouble a couple of times for reading James’ contraband Spy vs. Spy comics instead of practicing our cursive writing and multiplication tables.

    There are so many things I will miss about him, from his eclectic music taste (punk to techno, the Aquabats to Wu-Tang), our hard-fought Jeopardy battles, his always solid intel of the best places to eat in the GTA, dropping Seinfeld quotes, going to concerts together, cottage weekends, and reminiscing about some of our questionable hairstyle and fashion choices over the years. James never gave a bad book recommendation; I think he was single-handedly responsible for about 50% of the circulation of the Aurora Public Library with the volume of books he borrowed. I’m especially fond of our memories of being young and carefree, spending countless hours hanging out in our parents’ basements along with those epic walks home from Aurora Grove and Williams. It’s funny how all those collective hours of ‘doing nothing’ with the guys are what you come to appreciate the most. 

    As we mourn, it has been heartening to see how many people knew James and the many lives he touched. It is so important to remember the friends who have always been there for us and helped us become who we are. Like James’ family and friends, I’ve felt tremendous pain and grief at his passing. But I also feel a deep sense of gratitude for having known James and gratitude for our years of friendship from childhood to adulthood.  

    As we used to say after hanging out: I’ll see you when I see you. 

    James Floros

  • Sarah Crump
    Posted on: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne,

    I extend my deepest condolences to you and your family in this time of grief. We are all thinking of you at this time, and sending you our heartfelt love and strength as a community.

    Sarah

  • Winifred Hunsburger
    Posted on: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Reply

    Dear Mary Anne
    I am so deeply saddened to hear of this loss to you, your family and all those who knew and loved James. I’m holding you in my heart as you have held so many others. with love, Winifred

  • Lexi Wintemute
    Posted on: Friday, January 15, 2021 Reply

    This is absolutely heart breaking. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I have many memories of James, from wells st to high school. I will always remember him fondly. My deepest condolences.

    -Lexi Wintemute (Afrasiyabi)

  • Serena Van Acker
    Posted on: Saturday, January 16, 2021 Reply

    James always made an effort to talk to everyone at family/cousin events. And he would really talk and listen to you. You could tell he genuinely cared about what you had to say. I’ll miss him dearly. I wish we could have had more of those real conversations.

  • Chloe Van Acker
    Posted on: Monday, January 18, 2021 Reply

    James was such a joy to have a conversation with, so smart and funny, he always knew how to make you laugh and feel comfortable. James – we will miss you so much.

  • Tanya.Blake
    Posted on: Monday, January 18, 2021 Reply

    Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding your family.

  • Diana Alepian
    Posted on: Monday, January 18, 2021 Reply

    I cannot imagine there is a pain more deep and terrible than losing a son. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family at this most harrowing time

  • Filip Van Acker
    Posted on: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Reply

    My dearest Mary Anne, Randy Lauren&Amanda, Sean, Nonkel Maurice en Tante Leona
    When I received a mail from my sister Anne-mie that James passed away, it felt like such an emotional schock
    We could not believe it, so young full of dreams
    We are so proud that the name Van Acker is carried further in Canada, hopefull for our kids too. And we hope they can meet their family one time in their lives
    We hope you can find strenght with each other to cope with this huge loss
    It also hurts so much in our harts
    It has been 40 years since our father Nonkel Roger has passed away and it still hurts
    The heavy pain you are feeling, may become lighter in time by the many warm and beautiful moments you had toghether with your family and friends
    We wish you lots of strenght and our thoughts are with you and the whole family
    Our very deep Condolences
    Filip en Lieve, Elise, Viktor en Anouk

  • Jennifer Dunbr
    Posted on: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Reply

    Dearest Mary Anne,

    My deepest condolences go out to your whole family. When I think of James I think of his smile and warmth, I cannot imagine the heartache of all of those who are close to him. I am so sorry to hear this news. With sympathy and keeping you in my heart, J.

  • Daniel Van Acker
    Posted on: Sunday, January 24, 2021 Reply

    James was truly a pleasure to speak to at family gatherings. He could always strike up a conversation and always showed genuine interest in your life or whatever it was you were talking about. James, you were the best cousin someone could ask for. You will be missed dearly.

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