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