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James Gartshore

James Clifford Gartshore

Monday, September 10th, 1928 - Wednesday, June 19th, 2019
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Former Mayor of Whitby, Jim passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 66 years, Marjorie (Rints); son David (Sharon); Donald (predeceased); and three grandchildren: Candace (Adam), Brittany, and James; two great-grandchildren: Jeremy and Avery. He was a long-time member of the Whitby Kinsmen Club. He served as President of the club 1962/63, District 8 Governor in 1964/65, and he was proclaimed a Life Member of the club in 1968. Jim was also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for dedicated services to peers and the community. Jim was a very humble and private person, and those who knew him were familiar with his witty sense of humour and love of life. Many thanks to Lakeridge Health Oshawa doctors and nurses for their excellent care and compassion. A memorial visitation for Jim will take place at W.C. TOWN FUNERAL CHAPEL, 110 Dundas Street East, Whitby, on Sunday, the 23nd of June, 2019 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. A memorial service will be held at St. Mark’s United Church, 201 Centre Street South, Whitby on Tuesday June 25 at 11:00 a.m. Donations in memory of Jim may be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society, SickKids Foundation or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be expressed at
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    W. C. Town Funeral Chapel
    110 Dundas Street East
    WHITBY, ON L1N 2H7
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  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    W. C. Town Funeral Chapel
    110 Dundas Street East
    WHITBY, ON L1N 2H7
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Mark’s United Church
    201 Centre Street South
    WHITBY, ON L1N 4V7
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  • Interment

    Groveside Cemetery
    5155 Baldwin Street
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Private Condolence

Michele O'Grady

Posted at 12:32pm
On behalf of Dawn (Lauzon) Mryglod and family we are sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Despite the circumstances that we last had the opportunity to see Jim, Dawn was very grateful to have had the time to rehash and laugh about some of their memories and moments. Our hearts go out to Marjory and family for your loss.

Tina Brillinger Posted at 07:51am

Dear, Marjorie, David and family; I just learned of Uncle Jim's passing and shared this with my sister Anne. For those who don't know us, we went to and boarded at Ontario Ladies' College in Whitby back in the 70's and 80's. Our closest family was Jim and Marjorie and Jim's mother Jessie, one of our favourite people. Our parents took comfort knowing we had some family nearby who would look in on us from time-to-tim. Jim was Mayor of Whitby while we were at school and on occasion we would see him attend various events, we were proud to say he was our Uncle. Jim was very passionate about the community of Whitby and the town reaped many benefits of his many years of service. We enjoy spending some time with him, learning about the early years in Whitby and his family business at the "four corners", his Mom and Dad. He had a great sense of humour and would make us laugh. Last year I was at the Whitby courthouse for a wedding and saw his photo on the wall. We really appreciated Jim and Marjorie coming to our Mother, Gayle's Celebration of Life at the farm as my Mom was very fond of Jim. To the family: we pass along our sincerest condolences to you; we know what a tremendous loss it is to all of you. We pray he found his way to Donald.

Candace pocock

Posted at 11:09pm
Hello, my name is Candace. I am Jim’s grand daughter by his son David. Some of you knew him as Jim, to my nana he was husband, to my father he was dad, to my children he was great papa him but to my sister Brittany, brother James and I he was simply Papa. Papa was so proud of his life, when he would come to visit us in Calgary we would hear stories of him growing up. Working in his father’s clothing store was a favorite next to how good he was with finding the value of an item which kids today cannot do in their heads, if you can believe it. When he found out a street was being named after him he was ecstatic and sent a copy of Gartshore Drive to us so we could hang it at our cabin. Then when I came to visit him that summer he couldn’t wait to show me where the drive was located in the city at the “centre of the universe”. Many of my favorite memories came from that same trip, I went golfing with him at his favorite spot, “$2 for me” he told me “even though they raised the price for the common man”. We spent days looking at family photos and videos in the basement. Every day my nana would say “you don’t have to watch those home movies if you don’t want to” to which I replied “I want to”. I loved listening to the stories and seeing my uncle don flip his hand over and wave every time the camera was turned on to him. My papa and I played pool and he tried his hardest to teach me how to aim, but there are some things even papa couldn’t teach. I will miss him pushing out his teeth every time nana walks out of the room and the smile he would have when she would catch him and scold him saying it would scare us. I’ll miss the every loving look he gave to my children and the way he would quietly, hard to believe I know, watch over them as they were held in my Nana and father’s arms. He taught my son how to play hockey with his cane, a game that is a favorite in my home now. I hope you get all the cakes and cookies you can eat in heaven papa and I know you’re watching over us with Don at your side. We Love you and will miss you dearly.

Julie V.

Posted at 06:57pm
I am so sorry to hear the news about Jim. It was a pleasure to have been a part of his life for the duration that I was his support worker. He always had a way of making me smile with his jokes and finding a way to rattle me, but always in good fun.
I want to send my condolences to his lovely wife, Marjorie, his son, David and the rest of the family. My heart goes out to you all during this time. I will be thinking of you.
* Be in peace, Jim *
Love & hugs,
Julie V. (PSW)

Candace pocock Posted at 11:10pm

Thank you Julie! ❤️

Karen Roussy

Posted at 03:28pm
Marjorie, David and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Our families have been inter-twined for years - from Christmas Eve's on Walnut Street to shared cottage time it was always a good time! Jim always seemed larger than life to me and I will always remember his sense of humour. On behalf of Dad, and the rest of the family know that we are thinking of you.

Karen Roussy (nee Carr)

Candace pocock Posted at 11:11pm

Thank you Karen ❤️


Posted at 11:00pm
May you find comfort in knowing that your loved one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again, strong and young. “And I have hope toward God, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.”—Acts 24:15 “Let his flesh become fresher than in youth; Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor.” Job 33:25.

Candace pocock Posted at 11:11pm

Such wonderful words! Thank you ❤️

rick & Betsy Foster Posted at 09:17am

Jim & Marj. lived on Fairview, i would walk nightly around the loop, Jim would sit most days in his chair by the garage, he would yell"pull up a chair",jokes & opinions were endlass; i would drop by with my '57 ford convertible, Jim would enjoy every minute, when it was time to return home, he would yell"keep driving",, i recall fondly when i drove Jim & marj in the 1929 ford, they sat in the back seat , waving like the King & Queen , when they moved to the condo, i would see Jim out for a walk, always stopped & asked if he needed a ride home, he would walk long distances, will miss Jim, he would tell it like it is, right to the point.

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