Cowan, James

Cowan, James (Jim) – 1947-2021
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of James (Jim) William Howard Cowan on July 31 in his
75th year.   After a brief, but hard-fought battle with cancer, God chose this time to end Jim’s pain and take
him to his final Home to experience eternal peace and love.  He is predeceased by his parents William and
Matilda Cowan of Woodstock, Ontario.
Left to mourn Jim are his best friend and devoted wife Nancy, his loving daughter Tonia, (Jerry), in New York,
and his son Robert, in Toronto.  Jim will be dearly missed by his brother Rowland (Rolly) Cowan (Karen) of Red
Deer, Alberta, and his sister Phyllis Schwarz (Fritz) of London, Ontario.
Jim’s fierce love, integrity and sense of loyalty to family and friends made a huge impact on the lives of his
step daughter Jennifer Nelson (Kurt), step son David Timms, (Natasha) as well as his grandchildren
Damian, Hewitt, Oliver, Aiden, Catherine, and Ava.
Jim had earned the love and admiration of his niece Juanita Robinson (Shawn), his nephew Fritz Schwarz
(Leonora), Jason Cowan (Chelsey), Scott Cowan (Shauna), great nephews Liam, Ezra, Charlie, Ari, Cooper, Remi
and great nieces Avi and Sage.
Jim’s special bond with “American cousins” Sandy Glaize (David) in Florida, and Carol (Keith) Dunbar in North
Carolina was a loving, life-long relationship he always cherished.
Jim began his career as a mechanic and used his extensive knowledge of cars to move into a second 25-year
career in the Ministry of Transportation, and along the way, used his love of cars to create his 35-year
company ‘Classic Auto Appraisals’ and was widely known in Canada and USA.  He was an avid NASCAR fan for
decades and followed and supported the race car community.
Jim is well loved and remembered for his high integrity, his exceptional work ethic, his unshakable loyalty to
his family and friends, his phenomenal memory of names and past events, and his consistent desire to help
anyone in need.
Cremation has taken place and a “Celebration of Life” will be limited to family and close friends because of
Covid-19 restrictions. However, for those not able to attend in person, a virtual link for Jim Cowan’s
Celebration of Life has been set up at
Meeting ID: 870 5092 6588
Passcode: 12345
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stedman Community Hospice, Brantford, Ontario.
A HUGE “thank you” from the bottom of our hearts is extended to the incredibly kind and caring nursing staff
at Stedman Community Hospice.
Jim is now “absent from the body, but present with the Lord”.

1 reply
  1. Shawn & Renee Hamilton
    Shawn & Renee Hamilton says:

    We are so saddened by the loss of Uncle Jim. We have been fortunate enough to have seen him a few times in the last year. Keep your memories close and share them often. Our thoughts are with you all.


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