Fletcher, James 'Jim' Stewart

Fletcher, James 'Jim' Stewart

January 6th, 2021

April 14, 1947 – January 6, 2021

With heavy and broken hearts, we announce the passing of Jim Fletcher (“Fletch” to so many). He died at home in London, Ontario of cancer, at the age of 73. Beloved husband of 32 years to Linda. Cherished father of Tammi, Jamie (Scott), Brandon (Selena), Shelbi and Katie (Jason). Proud and adoring Papa of Jakob, Shane, Jared, Aidan, Kalli and Donnie. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Jack (Dianne), of Sarnia, Dave (Sam), of Rodney, Art, and Joan. Special brother-in-law to Lore VandenAkker, who considered him her hero. Cherished uncle of Sarah, Elisa, Julia, Krista and Emma; he was a big part of their lives, and they will miss him dearly. Fun-loving uncle to many nieces and nephews, who are left with wonderful memories of him. Predeceased by his parents Marion and Jack Fletcher; sister, Marilyn; brothers, Ric and Rob; and sister-in-law, Audrey. Jim worked at London Life for 50 years. He was greatly respected as a leader in his field. Many friendships were forged with associates and clients. As Clem has said, “Fletch put the London in London Life.” Jim was involved with baseball for many years, beginning with fastball, then slow-pitch for various teams. He enjoyed his ‘50’: cheering on the Red Wings (“Gordie Howe is the greatest of them all!”), hosting lawn dart tournaments, and socializing at the club. Jim and Linda loved to travel, whether it was a road trip with friends, Vegas, or concerts and plays. Every adventure was memorable. Jim’s infectious smile and sense of humour always made the party better! He will truly be missed by everyone’s lives that he touched. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Rest in peace, Jim. 

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Book of Condolences

Pamela HumannMy deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family. Jim will deeply be missed. He was truly a unique person, well loved and respected by everyone that knew him.
Lorraine WatkinI am so sorry for your loss
Lyndon & Diane CampbellLinda and family, We are so sorry for your loss. You and Jim will be in our prayers during these difficult times.
Niels DubeJim was a truly wonderful guy who was really fun to be around. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.
Charmaine BarrMy deepest condolences to you Linda and your entire family. Jim was such a bright light and anyone that had the chance to know him and spend time with him, will feel the darkness for a while but the memories he gave so many will live on in our hearts....and we'll smile. Love to you all.
Myrna McKinnonLinda and family. My sincerest condolences. Jim was a great guy and will be missed by many. He was always so much fun to be around. He was very well respected by his London Life peers and developed many friendships. He was always so hospitable to everyone. He was a legend.
Michelle Blake My heart breaks for you Linda and your family in the loss of your best friend and life long partner. Treasure all the wonderful memories and pictures you have as it will help you work through your grief. The most loving and caring people were born on April 14 th ❤️❤️ Your Jim and my Mitch.
Jim and Judy YoungWe are just heartbroken to hear about our special friend's passing. It's hard to believe as he was so full of life, love and compassion for everyone he met and had a relationship with, and that's a lot of people. Our heartfelt condolences to Linda, a very special lady who like Jim is the best of friends. Jim introduced us and has always held a special place in our hearts. Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this most difficult time. Much love, Jim and Judy
Fred TravisLinda so sad to hear of Jim’s passing . Our prayers are with you and family. Jim had this rare gift in life. Always a smile, his love of life, family , his gentle soul and always a gentleman is what endeared Jim to us .. you always felt better in his presence.. he will be missed but his fond memories live on
John “Jack” FletcherMiss my younger brother. He was the middle brother & was the glue that kept us as brothers. Am fortunate to have so many good memories of him. Love you Jim! Love Jack
Sheri LaFlecheKatie I remember that beautiful smile from your wedding. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. God bless you all. Xo
David RooneyJim Fletcher, so often there for me with compassion and understanding during my sad times, and ALWAYS a contributor to my many, many good times. THANK YOU for the privilege of your friendship. R.I.P.
Bill and Diana JohnstonWe are both terribly saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. He was one of the good guys. Jim was fun-loving and thoughtful. He was the ultimate host and friend. What a great smile he had. Heartfelt condolences to Linda and family.
Nancy JohnsonWith great saddness I read the passing of Jim in the London Free Press this morning..My condolances to Linda and Jims children.Jim was one in a million who brightened every room he was in.He was a true friend to so many.
Keith MarcillleNothing better than sitting around Jim and Linda’s kitchen table with friends and family. The door was always open. Such great memories. My deepest condolences.
Velvet Rangel-BronThe Rangel-Bron family wish to send their sincere condolences to Tammi, Jamie and Family for the loss of Their Beloved Jim. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. May God bless you all and give you strength with all your cherished memories of Jim.
TrudiLinda and family, sending my condolences for your loss. Jim was a very special person who was always friendly and smiling when you saw him. He will always been in our hearts.
Tom & Darlene HymanIt is very sad to hear about Jim's passing today. He could light up any room with his great smile and sense of humor. Condolences to the family.
Scott Johnstone Sincerest condolences to Linda and the Fletcher family. He was loved and will be missed. With sympathy; Scott & Deb
JOAN CROOKSTONLinda and family especially Tammy and Jamie: So very sorry to hear about Jim. I did know he was ill. We had been friends since I was a very young lady. My husband and I send our regrets to all the family May your dear husband and father rest in peace. xx Joan
Dave and Gail KennerleyOur sincerest condolences to Jim's family. We knew Fletch from London Life. Such a friendly, happy and all around wonderful man.
Leslie ClarksonMy condolences to Jim’s family. I knew Fletch from London Life. He was a great guy and true professional. RIP Fletch
Deanna TothLinda and family, I’m sorry for your great loss! May he Rest In Peace and may his memories be carried on through all who loved him.
James HarrisI was so sorry to read of the passing of a tremendous person I call my friend. We grew up living 2 blocks apart and he was one of his brothers who delivered our newspaper for a period. I saw him quite often in spite of being in different school zones. His one brother was also my grade 9 gym teacher. Jim and I both worked at London Life at different jobs. We used to see each other on a fairly regularly basis, ate lunch together a few times and since leaving there we have frequently seen each other at many events around London. He was always smiling and always called my by the name I was called by as a youth and I loved it. We could put our arms around each other's shoulders and laugh about many things. I appreciated him calling me at work and trusting me to look after whatever request he had. Although we weren't visiting/phone friends there was always a bond Jim made with so many. He will be deeply missed. Love you Jim. Watch over your family.
Joyce williscraft-CoulbeckMy sincerest condolences to Linda and family for the loss of your dear Jim. He had a love for family and life , I will remember Jim as a happy kind, friend. Rest in Peace Jim. I grew up next to the Fletcher family, in east London. Many good times Playing games out doors, had to come in when the street lights came on.
Mike WorrallMy deepest condolences to Jim’s family. Jim and I go back to his early years at London Life where we became friends. We were coworkers for a while in a part time job we both did to support our families in our younger days. Jim achieved great success at London Life. He never lost his zest for life. He was a wonderful example of how to live life. Rest In Peace Jim
J. Kent C. FletcherMy Uncle Jim has an infallible spirit that lives on in his lovely family. To my cousin's, Tammi, Jamie, Brandon. Your Father brought nothing but smiles and warmth to my life. I will always treasure my time with you and my uncle during my childhood. Thanks for the records Uncle Jim and Aunt Linda. When I listen I will think of my uncle and his family. Love
Doreen Tillson MuirMy condolences to the Fletcher Family. I knew Jimmy as a happy kid. Will always remember his smile. Jimmy’s Mother, Marion was flower girl at my parents wedding.
Laurie RossLinda and Family so sorry to hear your sad news.Fletch worked with my dad, Jim and then myself at London Life. He was a true professional with a positive outlook on everything. His smile was definitely infectious. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.💕
Glenna and Al CooperSaying goodbye to a very special man in our lives and knowing the pain that Linda, along with our children and grandsons have, and still are going through, has been so difficult to witness. We were always welcomed into the family circle and will forever miss that infectious smile. Rest in peace dear Jim .. our hearts go out to the family as they navigate through this tremendous loss. Much love and deepest condolences.
John HastingsSo sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Such a good friend! Our sympathy and prayers to you and your family. Love John and Sandy Hastings
Brian MccallumTo Linda and family, we are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We have many fond memories of slow pitch baseball tournaments and get togethers after games. It was the perfect picture you picked because that it the great smile everyone who knew him would remember. Our love and prayers are with you.
Liz and Bryan RossTammi , Jamie and Brandon ; we hope that the strength and character you've inherited from your Dad helps you through these trying times . We like to think that Jim is in not a better place but a wonderful place , with his Mom and Dad , sister Marylin ,brothers Ric and Rob and best friend Dave Boyle and it goes without saying , Gordie Howe . Rest in peace Jim .
Tom & Barb Wildgust Jim & I met playing fastball in our early days at London Life. He was a class act even back then. In later years, Barb played slo-pitch with Jim for several years and he continued to be a class act. On many teams he was the captain. On all teams he was the captain of the entertainment committee. It seems Jim’s role in life was to make everyone around him happy. We will miss his infectious smile and mild manner tremendously. He really was one of a kind. We extend our deepest sympathy to Linda and family. We will miss him.
Rosemary BuddenIn loving remembrance of someone so very special. My sincere condolences to you, Linda and your family. Jim had a great sense of humour and was a lot of fun when we were teens. He will be missed by so many.
Aussie and Brenda SharrardTo Linda and family, We were so very saddened to read about Jim's passing. Jim was such a great guy. We have many fond memories of slo-pitch days and so many fun get-togethers. He always had a smile on his face and was such a genuine guy. Please know that our thoughts are with you all.
Carrie Nash (Worrall)May the days ahead be filled with the telling of stories and the sharing of fond memories. I only knew Jim through my father and then as my rep with London Life, but he was always such a positive and memorable personality. Deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Mac & Sandy RossTammi, Jamie, Brandon & all of Jim's family we are so sorry for your loss of the patriarch of your family. Jim will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Wishing you eternal peace Jim.
David LeeJim and I first met at the baseball diamond beside Chesley Park P.S. I was the catcher and Jim played 2nd base. We marched together to Labatt Park for the schoolground championships - can't remember if we won or lost. I moved away in 1959 and we regrettably we lost touch. He was a good friend from my youth. My Father- in law, Lloyd K. Geil retired from the London Life after 56 years which is how I learned that Jim worked there. He was the pitcher on their fastball team that won the Industrial League championship in the early 1950's. Fletch would have been impressed. My sincere condolences.
Frank CleminsonVery sorry for your loss Linda. Thoughts and Prayers from Frank, Lisa Matthew and Michael Cleminson. Sr Clem I will always remember Jim road trip with Clem for my topping up party from Windsor Hydro Department great night!!!!!!!!!!!
Pam & Jeff PoorWe were shocked and saddened to read about Jim's death. He was our London Life rep for over 40 years. He would always share stories about his family and how proud he was of them. He was a pleasure to deal with and made us feel like friends, not just clients. We truly believe he went beyond his duties to help all his clients. We missed him when he retired. So sorry for your loss Linda and to the Children and Grandchildren. He is an unforgettable person. Again, sincere condolences!
Alex WakefieldDear Linda and family- I am very sorry for your loss! I have known Jim for a long time and he was a special friend! He helped me get my life licence and played on my baseball team we had many laughs together. Jamie worked with me in the general insurance business as well. I used to insure Julia and her daughter's. I loved his laugh ! We will all miss him very much ! Again my deepest sympathies . Alex Wakefield
Alex WakefieldDear Linda and family- I am very sorry for your loss! I have known Jim for a long time and he was a special friend! He helped me get my life licence and played on my baseball team we had many laughs together. Jamie worked with me in the general insurance business as well. I used to insure Lore and her daughter's. I loved his laugh ! We will all miss him very much ! Again my deepest sympathies . Alex Wakefield
Linda FletcherThank you everyone for your wonderful memories and thoughtful condolences. It is truly appreciated by me and our whole family. Jim was an exceptional husband, father, brother and friend. He will be missed but that smile will be cherished forever ♥️ Love, Linda & Family
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