In Celebration of

James "Jim" Priest

December 12, 1951 -  June 5, 2021


Sadly on June 5th, we said goodbye to our most beloved Jim. After a brief but courageous fight against leukemia, Jim peacefully slipped away at the age of 69 years. He loved his family and friends, playing golf and enjoying life. Jim worked in finance and sales in the marine and RV industries for 35 years and considered his industry colleagues as friends.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years Susan (nee Smith), daughters Angela Hill and Rebecca Soil (Adam), grandsons Keith and Jacob, father Jim (Kathleen), mother Audrey (Alan), sister Catherine Baker (Doug Buchanan), mother-in-law Joan Smith (deceased Armond), sister-in-law Cindy Walton (Ron) and brother-in-law Bradley Smith. Jim loved his nieces and nephew, Amy Baker, Michelle Baker, Sarah Kiernan (Jim), Andrew Jamieson (Maggie) and Emily Jamieson. We are completely heartbroken and will miss him forever.

Special thanks to the ICU nurses, Dr. Trus and the medical teams at Juravinski Hospital. Their extraordinary dedication and compassion helped us through a very difficult night.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Juravinski Hospital or Trillium Health Partners – Mississauga Hospital would be greatly appreciated.

A private family Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 3 p.m.. For those you who wish to join virtually, a livestream link will be listed here 24 hours prior to the service.


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FRANK MCKITTERICK (Boyhood friend)

Entered June 7, 2021 from Waterloo, ON

I wrote this for his mom earlier today. Memories of my child hood friend have come flooding back to me. Shooting of baseball cards up against the house, playing ball hockey in the street, playing nichy-nicky nine doors on our poor unsuspecting neighbours, getting our first two-wheelers together at Christmas, sharing a six-pack of beer, hot dogs on the bbq - those were good times. He was my first friend. I feel a little like I’m in that scene at the end of the movie Stand By Me where Richard Dreyfus is reflecting on his boy hood chums and learns of the death of one of them.
I am so, so sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. He was one-of-a-kind. That beautiful smile, the welcoming greeting when you saw him, and always a kind word.
I will miss him. Please know whenever I think of him it will always be with a smile and a chuckle as I think back to those beautiful days of our youth.
Love and my profound condolences to you and the entire family. Frank McKitterick

douglas vivian (Golf buddy)

Entered June 7, 2021 from Terra Cotta

brampton golf club will dearly miss his presence

Carolyn Fallis (Friend)

Entered June 8, 2021 from Etobicoke

Dear Susan and Family:
We are so sorry to hear this sad news about Jim. We enjoyed his kindness and sense of humour at many events back in the FPSC days. We also know how much he loved you and your family. Although there are no words, may your memories warm your heart at these most difficult times.
Carolyn and Don Fallis

Janice Menzies (Close friend)

Entered June 8, 2021 from North York, Ontario

I have known Jim for over 50+ years. We shared the good times and the bad. Jim had a great sense of humor, a compassionate heart, generous soul and was a great storyteller. The thought that he has left us breaks my heart. I will cherish the memories forever.
Sincere condolences to the family.

Love, Jan

Michele Brewer (Golf buddy)

Entered June 8, 2021

Dear Susan and family. I know there are no words that I can say to fill the hole in your hearts. Your cherished memories and the laughs you have had will make you smile again one day but for now just know so many are thinking of you and wishing they could ease your pain.
My thoughts are with you and your family.


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