Marsh, Frederick 'James' Hamilton

Frederick James Marsh passed away peacefully on Monday June 6th, 2022 at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre in his 92nd year.

James lived some of his best days aboard his sailboat, the Kencheri, with his loving wife and best friend Jan. The sailboat where his spirit stayed after Jan had left this world a long ten years ago. It is where I imagine them both to be now; on their Niagara 35 sailing away on fair seas, with light wind and blue skies.

They were loved by many. They are deeply missed and shall not be forgotten.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.


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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Ann Holtby MacLeod
    Wednesday, June 15, 2022

    Jim was a central figure in my life. We shared many inside jokes dating back to our first days aboard a C&C 24 ft sailboat called Shadow in the 1960’s. I loved him and will miss him, especially his laugh. I am thankful for the relationships made possible through him…and for the love he gave my mother Janet Marsh. To Jim and Jan I am thankful for my sister Robin — she has a great sense of humour and zest for life… and together we will hold on to the happy times.

  2. Kristin Lindell
    Friday, June 17, 2022

    I have many good memories of Uncle Jim and Aunt Jan. Jim always had a witty retort ready. Back in the 80s I recall softball games in the park and dinners at Their house on Alcorn Ave. I remember Jim playing Santa, wish sarcasm to boot. His love of boats and sailing I have inherited. My first few times on yachts were with Jim and I loved sailing with him. He was so knowledgeable and capable on boats. I loved his love for Jan and my cousins who were around the house on Alcorn and in Bedeck. We had a great family before Aunt Jan passed away, it tore people’s hearts. Perhaps we can all remember Jim and also that family is so special and you only get one. I think Aunt Jan would have said that. Sending good thoughts to Annie, Robin and Caren. Also to Rob and Julie.
    In loving memory of James Marsh. I will dedicate a song to Aunt Jan and Uncle Jim.

  3. Cleo Xidos
    Saturday, June 18, 2022

    So saddened by this news and offer my deepest condolences to Jim’s family.
    I’m so grateful to both Jim ( with his ever present handkerchief around his neck) and Jan ( with her rag doll in Cape Breton painting) for bringing their blended family to Cape Breton in the 70’s . This offered me the opportunity to meet an amazing group of people that I still hold dear to my heart . Most notably my beautiful life long friend Ann.
    Thank you Jim .

  4. Sibylle Walke
    Sunday, June 19, 2022

    It must have been more than 20 years ago that Jim and Jan Marsh appeared in Paisley, having bought the little house with the adventurous ravine backyard up the street, after living on their sailboat for some years previously.
    We took the first snowstorm opportunity to invite them down for dinner. Many casual drop ins , political discussions , work sessions and community actions later we had travelled the sea vicariously over dinner, especially to the Abaco islands and the Chesapeake channel and on one occasion under the dinner table laughing ourselves silly.
    Jim helped Greg fitting up his Whitehall sailboat sharing his sailing magazines and books and sat in on a test run on lake Huron with advise on a better rigging method.
    Loosing Jan meant loosing his anker for Jim, and years of yearning to get back on a sailboat and in charge of the voyage ensued.
    Our contact became less spontaneous with time, but it endured. In the last years we shared errand trips and appointments.
    During conversations on the drives it became clear that he cared very much about the people in his lifes, ( and I mean to say lifes) especially also about the children of his first marriage, even if he could not make the connection.

  5. Christopher Holtby
    Monday, June 20, 2022

    Jim had a great smile, and a better laugh, enjoyed having fun and sharing it with all. I remember a few great CAD Thanksgiving dinners (one memorable on board the boat in MD waters). Just a good dude. He will be missed.


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