In Memory of James Owen Burgess
March 19, 1965 – January 10, 2022.
Husband, father, brother, son, musician, fisherman, Habs fan, and 110% at all of them. Jamie’s exuberance for life was evident in everything he did. Jamie didn’t have hobbies, he had passions. Nothing he did was half-hearted.
He met Kim, the love of his life, in Ottawa where they married in 1995. The following year he took a leap of faith and moved with her to Japan. He threw himself into Japanese culture, found the local fishing holes and made many lifelong friends.
Returning to Canada, he and Kim started a family; their two brilliant boys Owen and Darcy lit up their house. Jamie wrote them songs and filled their home with laughter and music. He was happiest in his boat, fishing with his boys by his side, going on adventures, competing for the ‘hot stick’ of the day. He took the time to make every meal, no matter how small, the best meal his boys would ever eat. He spent his summers fishing by day and playing music with dear friends around the campfire at night .
His passing was sudden, unexpected and has left a large hole in the hearts of many. In his passing he joins his parents, Don and Pat and his big brother David. He will be forever missed by his sisters Kate and Anne. Jamie was like a son to Kim’s parents, Peter and Patricia Hopkins and like a brother to Torie, Jonathan and Nicola, Sean and Tricia. He was a cherished uncle to Kathleen, Samantha, Sasha, Matt and Charlie. Jamie collected dozens of friends and kept collecting them as he aged. There are circles upon circles who will mourn his passing.
It is our profound wish that all of you will remember the gift he brought us while he walked on this earth. Joy. Love of life, and music. His sense of humor was swift, intelligent, unique and effortless. He was a friend to many in the easiest way it is to be friends with another person. He left us too soon, but he gave us so much while he was here. For those who wish, a donation can be made in Jamie name by following the link provided: https://www.cataraquiconservationfoundation.com/get-involved