James Patrick Field

March 5, 1928January 15, 2021

James Patrick Field (Jim) died peacefully on January 15, at the age of 92, surrounded by five of his children. He suffered a stroke on Christmas Eve, at Chartwell Hollandview Retirement Home, in Aurora, where he had lived for the past seven years. In the weeks that followed, Dad was cared for with constant love and kindness, by the nurses and personal support workers at Hollandview, Dr. Mulhern and nurses from the Palliative Care team at Southlake Hospice and by his loving family. We are very grateful for the superlative care and support he received, always delivered respectfully and tenderly. We sincerely appreciate the flexibility and understanding shown by the management at Hollandview that allowed us the privilege to be with Dad in the days before he passed away.

Dad was born in St John’s Newfoundland, March 05, 1928, the sixth of ten children. His talked about his childhood as a very happy one, in spite the hardships of the times. The Fields were a loving family who truly enjoyed each other. His children recall many happy trips to St. John`s, where fun, food and late night singalongs were never in short supply. He is predeceased by seven siblings (Elizabeth Farrell, Mary James, Jack Field, Alice Caudle, Larry Field, Patricia Reiser, and Tom Field) and survived by his brother Dick Field and his sister Joan Power. He will be the missed by his many nieces and nephews, who fondly remember him as a very kind and caring uncle.

The best of Dad`s early memories was the day he first saw our mother, Margaret Murphy. They were both 16 when they met at a Boy Scout Camp, attended by Dad and run my Mom`s father. Soon after, they met again at a skating rink, where Mom asked Dad for Ladies Choice, and at the end of the evening he asked to walk her home. After a seven year courtship, they were married in 1952 and soon after, started their family of seven. They provided their children with a very happy home, where kindness and contentment were the norm, and hugs and love were given abundantly. They enjoyed a very loving marriage for almost sixty years. Their devotion to and respect for each other was apparent to everyone who knew them. When Mom developed Alzheimer’s dementia, Dad devoted all his time to caring for her and he considered it a privilege to do so. Those were his finest hours; he was by her side until she passed away in 2009.

Dad loved his family deeply and he lived his life for us. He took a keen interest in and was very proud of everyone. A wonderful father and grandfather, he will be greatly missed by his seven children, their spouses, twenty four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Dad was predeceased by his son John Field who died in 2019. He leaves Catherine Busby (Peter; Alana, John, Maia and Isabel Burke; Julianne, Davis and Margaret Kelly; Madeline, Wade, Clara and Leo Hunter; Joel Busby), Gerard Field (Debbie; Jeremy, Benjamin, Christian, Nicolette), Heather Field (Dawn, Geoff, Nathan and Taylor Dinnes; Ryan ), Brian Field (Tara Tyson: Stephanie, Rebecca and Alex Field, Spencer and Sasha Friske), Susan MacPherson (Doug; Leah, Eric, and Connor), Mary Lou Ackerman (Tim; Jennifer, Lucas), Jennifer Mandala (Conrad; Catherine, Ellen, Jack, Owen). Each of us has our own special memories of Dad or Papa that we will cherish and share with each other in the coming years.

Dad also had a successful, rewarding career at Imperial Oil which spanned over forty years. Because WW11 brought some prosperity to St. John’s, Dad`s help with family support was not needed, so he was the first of his siblings to finish school. After high school, he was awarded a scholarship for a one year course in commerce. He finished this program on a Friday, applied for a job as a clerk at Imperial Oil, starting the next day. Over the years, he studied accounting part time, moved up the company ranks, and was transferred, first to the office in Halifax in 1960 and then to Toronto in 1965. He and Mom enjoyed life in Toronto, raised their family there, but always took the time to go back home to St John’s in the summer. They had a close circle of friends and loved spending time with Bill and Puff Watkins, Ed and Betty Marshall, Carl and Lou Vitale, Ted and Betty Power, Don and Shirley Woolrich, just to name a few. Dad retired at the age of 58 and really enjoyed the next chapter of his life. He and Mom started to travel more often to sunny climes and family destinations. He kept busy visiting and taking care of his ever growing list of grandchildren. He loved skating, golfing, curling, and playing bridge and his good health allowed him to enjoy these pursuits for many years. A few years after his move into Hollandview, we saw many subtle changes, as dementia took hold of him. However, he remained very sweet and content with his life, always welcoming visitors and enjoying many family gatherings. His enduring love of music and his talent for remembering the words to songs kept him engaged and happy. His family, especially his daughters Mary Lou and Susan, helped him manage life’s challenges and we are very thankful for all they did for him.

Our Dad, Jim Field, lived his life with humility, kindness and consideration of others. In his own quiet way, he was committed to helping those around him and he gave readily whenever he saw a need. He was a great son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. He was a true gentleman, loved and admired by many, and by his actions he taught us how to live a good life. We were blessed to call him Dad.

There are no plans for a memorial service at present, due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid pandemic.

Donations can be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Journey Home Hospice, a hospice for homeless people in Toronto, part of the Saint Elizabeth Foundation. On line: By phone: 905 968 6516 By mail: Saint Elizabeth Foundation Attn: Judy Wong, 90 Allstate Parkway, Suite 300, Markham Ontario, L3R 6H3

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Joanne Dunne Glassman

February 9, 2021

Cathy and Family,
I am sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. My thoughts are with you.
I have thought about your family through the years and wondered where you moved after you left Newtown Road.
I have fond memories of being in your home.
Joanne Dunne Glassman

Dan Vitale

January 24, 2021

Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. What a great man! My condolences to all the Field family.

Dan Vitale

Wanda Power

January 24, 2021

Mary Lou, Tim and Family
Sending our love and deepest sympathies for the loss of your father. We have many fond memories of wonderful times spent gathering with your family. Aunt Marg and Uncle Jim always welcomed us with opened their arms and love. I am truly blessed to have shared in these special moments, the good and the sad. Your dad is in you all, you carry his loving and kind heart. He will be missed greatly by all. Sending all our love and support. Love Wanda, Jeff, Sarah, Sean and Mark xo

Maria (Vitale) Lennon

January 24, 2021

We were saddened to hear about Jim’s passing, but our hearts were warmed with the words that he was able to be with family throughout his final days: Truly a blessing during these very different times.
I have so many wonderful memories of Jim, as did my mom and dad, Lou and Carl Vitale - weekends at our cottage, Christmas Day celebrations, Sunday drives to “who knows where” (without a GPS!) and road trips to Newfoundland! Jim always brought along fun, adventure, good conversation, laughter, song and sometimes a good debate! Jim had the uncanny ability to sneak in a quick nap in the middle of any setting or situation, whether it was pulled over on the Trans Canada en route to Newfoundland, while us kids went and played, or in the middle of a gathering with 22 people in his home! Those 20 minute recharges were fondly nicknamed “Jimmies” and when he awoke he was right back to his charming, fun self!
Jim is with his sweetheart once again and my hope is that my folks can also reunite with one of their favorite couples.
Sending love and condolences to all of the Field family,
With love,
Maria (Vitale) Lennon
Bow, New Hampshire

Mary Porter

January 22, 2021

Jim was such a kind and gentle man; so proud of his family. Although generally quiet, I enjoyed sitting near to Jim at Hollandview to hear him sing. He always had a pocketful of song lyrics. His memory for music was remarkable. I'll miss my friend.

Pearl Watkins

January 21, 2021

I am heartbroken to hear the sad news of the passing of one of our best and dearest friends. Jim was such a huge part of our life. It’s almost impossible to describe all the wonderful times we spent together—the parties, singalongs, family gatherings, trips, dinners, weddings galore, almost daily cocktail hours, bridge games that ran into the wee hours of the morning, all while dragging our kids along, and them falling asleep wherever they dropped. I could go on and on about how much fun we had. Jim was one of the kindest, most loving and generous men you could ever hope to meet. We will miss him dreadfully. Whatever afterlife there is, I’m sure that Jim and Bill are already together, continuing the cocktail hour tradition. How I hope so. To all of the Field clan, you have been like family to me for a very long time and I send you tons of love and my very deepest condolences.

Beverly Stewart (Watkins)

January 21, 2021

The world shines a little less brightly with the passing of Jim Field. Throughout his long friendship with my Mom and Dad, I came to know Jim as a lovely, kind and gentle man who was full of fun. I remember hearing his deep chuckles (and Marg’s high giggles) at many of the family get-togethers. One of my favourite memories of Jim is of his rich, wonderful singing voice. As a youngster, when the Fields were visiting, I often went to sleep listening to a beautiful Irish song drifting upstairs, as Jim serenaded the gathering. Mom and Dad were so lucky to have had such a sweet, loyal, steadfast and true friend. We will all miss him so very much.

Tom MacPherson

January 21, 2021

I also worked for Imperial Oil. For a few years, IOL ran a private summer picnic at Ontario Place for IOL employees and annuitants. I wrote the web site that was used to sign up for it – how many people, who wanted hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, and/or ice cream, etc. - but I never went for one reason or another. Ironically, my brother Doug, who didn’t work for IOL, went every year, because Mr. Field was his father-in-law. Mr. Field called in and signed up his family every year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Field family was the single biggest family group in attendance.

Kevin Stewart

January 20, 2021

Hi Sue and Family:

Just heard about your loss. Sounds as if you Dad had a very enriched life of love and happiness with many family members. I’m sure he will live on in your hearts and memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Your Nova Scotia Friend

Enid Huffman

January 20, 2021

Jim and Marg , and family hold a special place in our hearts. A fine gentlemen, and our condolences to his family.

LeRoy and Enid Huffman.