James Van Esch

February 10, 1962February 9, 2021

James (Lambertus) Van Esch - Passed away peacefully at Freeport Health Centre Palliative Care Unit on February 9, 2021 hours before his 59th birthday.

He is reunited with his predeceased parents Jacqueline and Bert Van Esch bringing great joy and peace to his family. His kind heart and strong spirit will be greatly missed by his siblings Pat Van Esch- Dussault (Jim); Caroline Cook; Theodore Van Esch; Jacqueline Van Esch; Clayton Van Esch (Carol); Elizabeth Nieson (Doug) and Rob Van Esch (Cathy). Jimmy has many nieces and nephews that are saddened by his passing and wish for more time to know his beautiful spirit. His Avalon family has provided many years of special moments, advocacy and everyday care and love. We are deeply grateful to the residents and all the staff at Avalon with special warmness for Jenn, Matthew and Ana-Maria who have been his champions, care providers and family support. Thank you to KWhabilitation, an organization that provides essential and boundless care to residents and families in our community and to the countless Developmental Social Workers, Leaders and care providers who are heroes everyday. Special thanks to Dr. Trussler, GRH 5DN and the palliative care team at Freeport Campus that supported our wishes for a palliative approach to care and honoured our unique circumstances. Down’s Syndrome is often reflected in the joy of babies and children. We understand that our loved ones age and into their old age and death we celebrate their continued strength and joyful spirit that inspires us to see beyond what is visible.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to KWhabilitation or to Freeport Palliative Care Unit (please type Freeport Palliative Care in additional information section).

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Christine Gefucia

February 15, 2021

When I met James as he prepared to move back to Kitchener and his family I remember a beautiful smile and and a personality that stole my heart. Condolences to all his family and I know you will cherish your memories.

Joy Hallwood

February 15, 2021

I never met James in person although I knew his family well.
My condolences to his brothers and siters, cousins, Aunts and Uncles, and all famiy members, who loved him.
I pray that the Lord will comfort you in your loss.
Blessings and love from Joy Hallwoood


February 14, 2021

We want to give our heartfelt condolences to the whole family
of James van Esch. You will be in our prayers.

Love Aunt Thera and Uncle Pete.

Meenu Rao

February 12, 2021

I just started working in Avalon a few months ago. But when I started dealing with James, we usually walk around the hall, and he was very confident in walking. I remember in the starting days, I usually called his name and shake hands to told him that you are my best friend here, and the way he was making noise.It felt like he smiles and understands what I'm trying to say to him. Although he lost his memory day by day, he was very good to interpret a person's touch or a person standing beside him. I like the way he usually smiles and feels comfortable with people around them. I never forget him as he was my friend in this new working place. May his should rest In peace.