In Celebration of

James Douglas Rae

December 23, 1932 -  January 19, 2019

Jim Rae, born December 23, 1932, died January 10, 2019 at Credit Valley Hospital.
Jim was predeceased by his parents Douglas Rae and Elma Dodds, being their only child; and by his long-time partner Duncan Sandison. Many friends and “Cousins by the dozen” will sorely miss Jim.
He was educated in the Toronto school system and at the University of Toronto studying science and arts. An accomplished pianist he was an Associate of the Toronto Conservatory of Music and had Grade Eight in Music Theory. After training at the Toronto Teachers’ College he was employed for over thirty years in the elementary schools of the North York Board of Education.
Familiar with cottage life on his parents’ island in Georgian Bay, Jim and Duncan acquired their own special cottage near Minden, Ontario on Horseshoe Lake in the early 1960’s. School vacation time also allowed repeated travel to Southwestern USA, and after retirement more extensive travel overseas.
Jim had many other extra-curricular interests taken up with enthusiasm and commitment over the years. These included one-man sailing and beekeeping at the cottage, nature photography and photo printing in an ad hoc kitchen darkroom, and attending Toronto Symphony performances; all adding to a life fully lived.
Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 10 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life Service in the Chapel at 11 a.m.
If desired, remembrances may be made to Casey House Hospice or to the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Online condolences available through


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Barbara Walker (Retired School Prncipal)

Entered January 21, 2019 from Toronto

Jim taught for me at Shoreham School in North York.I remember him as a fine teacher and a sympathetic person.

Peter Iveson (Friends)

Entered January 25, 2019 from Toronto

I was a good friend of Jim's long time partner Duncan Sandison. Knew Jim and Duncan since 1982 through the Toolbox.I was sorry to hear Jim had to move into a care facility. My sincere condolences to hiis next of kin,

Kathleen Fry (2nd cousin)

Entered January 30, 2019 from Barrie

Jim was a lovely person with humour and wit. He will be missed.


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