Slater, James

SLATER, James Edward Milton

August 28, 1935 – October 13, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of James Slater (Jim) at 85 years young after a seven month battle with brain cancer. Jim is survived by Moira, wife of 54 years, daughter Margot (Darren), son Sandy (Donna), grandchildren Katelyn, John, Lauren and William. Jim leaves behind siblings Jean (Lee), Bob (Judy), and Nancy (Dick), many nieces and nephews and an extended family who loved him dearly. He is predeceased by siblings Helen, Ann and Kathy. He will be missed by his best buddy Rudy.

Jim grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, the eldest of seven to Dora Slater and James Slater. He later went on to Queen’s University and had a successful career as a Professional Engineer. Jim and Moira settled in Brampton in 1972 where they raised their family. Jim loved hockey and was a permanent fixture at arenas all over Southern Ontario. He adored his grandchildren who called him Poppa. He never missed a baseball or hockey game, school concert or dance recital, his favourite times were spent with his grandkids. Jim was a homebody who loved spending time on projects around the house but his favourite place was the beach in Barbados where he and Moira vacationed in the later years. Jim was always there to lend a helping hand, whether it was building a deck, fixing a roof, building a skating rink, or helping the neighbourhood kids with math homework. Jim was a special man, selfless and kind, and will be remembered fondly by family and friends.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Jim’s life will take place at a later date in 2021. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Jim’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society.

10 replies
  1. Janet Eagleson
    Janet Eagleson says:

    Moira,
    My heart breaks for you. Nothing prepares you for something like this. The air will eventually re-fill your lungs, but the empty feeling will never fully leave. Big hugs from here to you, Margot and everyone else blessed enough to have loved Jim.
    Love,
    Janet

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  2. Mark Janoschak
    Mark Janoschak says:

    Moira, Margot and Sandy, I’m saddened by this news and my heart goes out to you all. Share memories with the grandchildren often. They will love to hear them and telling them is healing. My love and prayers go out to your family.

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  3. Jacqueline Chiasson
    Jacqueline Chiasson says:

    So very sad to hear this. My heart hurts for all of you! I will never forget Mr. Slater. He was my father figure for so many years! It makes me so sad that he is not with us anymore. But I know he is resting and in a place where he has happiness. Moira, Margot and Sandy, I am so sorry. God bless one of the best men I have ever known. Rest In Peace Mr Slater.

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  4. Terri Besworth
    Terri Besworth says:

    To the Slater family. Sending you love and support during this time. Margot, your Dad always had a smile and a twinkle in his eye each time I saw him. He was just so gentle and kind. I am truly sorry for your families loss.

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  5. Meta Giff
    Meta Giff says:

    Moira,
    So sorry to hear that your beloved Jim passed. Know that we can’t fill the hole that is left in your heart but hopefully you will cherish the beautiful memories of a life that was well lived. May his soul Rest In Peace.

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  6. Dianne Puddicombe
    Dianne Puddicombe says:

    Moira I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s death. I thought he was on the mend so this comes as a shock. I will let Marg and Bev know. I’m sorry we never got to meet him. He sounds like a wonderful man, a loving and supportive husband, a terrific Dad and fun Poppa. Please be good to yourself. I know your family will be of great comfort.
    With hugs and lots of love,
    Dianne Loveys Puddicombe

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  7. Isabela
    Isabela says:

    Moira, I am so sorry. I have a fond memory of meeting James at your home a couple of times, especially when Ian and I picked cherries from your huge tree. He was a lovely man who obviously cared for you deeply. All the best during this difficult time. I know you have a wonderful family and many friends but please feel free to connect with me whenever you wish. Hugs Isabela

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  8. Mike Gooley
    Mike Gooley says:

    Uncle Jim will always be remembered as one of the greats! He was kind and supportive, often with a positive and humerous thought and always a friendly smile.
    He is remembered fondly and will be missed dearly.

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