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Above photo by Liam Norris

7485 Bruce Welling

7591 Serge Anissimoff let eVeritas know that 7485 Bruce Welling, Class of 1968, passed away on the morning of 4 May 2020. An obituary will follow once it is available.

11858 Jim Bartholomew

Jim “crossed the finish line” Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at his home in London, ON at the age of 62 after living the past 3 ½ years with terminal prostate cancer.  He was surrounded by the ones he loved and who loved him: his wife Heather of 34 ½ years, and his four adult children – Maria, Helena (Jayson Murray), Steve, and Mark – of whom he was so proud.  That evening, neighbours, a few friends, and family gathered at a social distance by candlelight to pay their respects as Jim was taken away while La Rejouissance from Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks played in the late-night air. During this time of COVID-19, an intimate funeral service was held in his London home Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 2 p.m. with immediate family, beloved sister Carol (Tom) Gossner and twin brother John Bartholomew (Mary Lysyk) present.  A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Cremation arrangements were overseen in a very gracious manner by Woodland Cemetery of London, ON.

Jim was born July 26, 1957 in Saskatoon, SK to Audrey and Bob Bartholomew (predeceased).  He graduated in 1974 from Walter Murray Collegiate (Saskatoon, SK), attended Royal Roads Military College (Victoria, BC), and graduated with his Bachelor of Engineering Physics as a proud member of the class of ’78 from the Royal Military College (Kingston, ON). The College’s motto “Truth, Duty, Valour” characterized Jim’s personal life and his professional career. In 1999 he graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western Ontario with an Executive MBA. Jim served in the Royal Canadian Navy (1974-1989), and with the Navigators of Canada, Canadian Blood Services and Trojan Technologies. He finished the last 11 years of his career at Compassion Canada.  Jim also served on the boards of Pathways and the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. He was well respected and loved.

Jim enjoyed running, singing, and laughing at his own puns.  He had a great intellect and steadfast faith.  He will be lovingly remembered and sorely missed by his family, Jay’s children, cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and by his friends.  He has joined “the Author and Finisher of his faith” and the “great cloud of witnesses” from where he will continue to cheer us on in the great race and journey of life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassion Canada in Jim’s memory.


  • Christopher Deere

    May 5, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Jim was one of my Instructors at the Naval Officer’s Training Center. Although I hadn’t seen him in many years, he was a real mentor and a very positive influence on my 40 year Naval career. He is remembered well and my sincere condolences go out to his family.

  • Jamie MacKay

    May 5, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    I had the pleasure of serving with Jim in PRESERVER in 1982 and perhaps into 1983. Coincidentally, hIs brother John was also on board as one of the engineering officers which made distinguishing between the two interesting.
    Jim was a great shipmate, always willing to share his much more extensive Naval knowledge with a young subbie Supply Officer such as I, …and potentially help me out of whatever jam I may have had with the XO at the time.
    Jim, you have fought the good fight. To his family: may all the memories of Jim that you hold in your heart help you through this difficult time.

  • John C. Miller

    May 7, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    I have but only fond and pleasant memories of Jim when we were together in HMCS Athabascan. He was, without a doubt, an officer and gentleman in everything he did. My sincere condolences to his own family and brother, John.
    Fair winds and following seas, my friend.

  • Ian Yeates

    May 12, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    I have nothing but the fondest memories and respect for Jim. I too served in Preserver in the early 1980’s – as a “deputy, assistant, under probation” Supply Officer – and knew him well at both Royal Roads and RMC, albeit he was a year ahead of me. I’ll never forget bumping into him and his family, with mine, in 1997 at a roadside stop in Minnesota while en route to Regina (where I have lived since). Proof that the bonds of the military colleges are for life – we hadn’t been in the same space for 15 years. This is shocking. Wonderful man. He’ll be missed. Condolences to his family. Ian