I didn't get the opportunity to meet Mr. Tovey personally but we did correspond. I feel for his wife and family, the loss and grieving taking place. I feel an emptiness for Ward 1. Mr. Tovey's shoes will be big ones to fill. Sincerely, Janet.
I knew Jim through his passionate support for the Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues Festival. My fondest memories are of Jim dressed in his finest Blues Brother apparel dancing up a storm as he made his way along the parade route opening the Festival. His energy and zest for life was infectious. He was one of a kind. Rest In Peace Jim.
Dear brother in spirit. You left us a little too soon and perhaps one day we'll understand why. You have touched so many of us with your wisdom, vision and deep soul. We are all forever richer for having you in our lives. Although some of your dreams are unfinished, we hold your bright tourch high to help light the way for others and we'll all do what we can to keep your vision alive. Time to rest and be at peace, knowing you have changed our world. Instead of calling you for advice, I'll look within and ask; "What would Jim say?" And with this, I know you will live in my heart forever.
Louise and I offer our deepest condolences to Lee and all of Jim’s family. I first met Jim in 2003 or 2004 when I was campaigning, well before he entered politics himself. I knocked on his door, but he didn’t want to talk politics. Somehow he knew I enjoyed paddling, so he invited me back to his workshop to see the beautiful wooden canoe he had built. When I organized the Canoe the Credit events a few years later, he was one of the most enthusiastic participants—in that as he was in life. I have a picture of him that was taken during one of those events showing him pulling a trashed bike wheel out of the river, in which he is proudly grinning from ear to ear and holding it up high. That pride was typical of how proud he was of everything he did for our community, big or small, day in and day out. He and Lee came to concerts of MCS Chorus where Louise sings, sitting in the audience like everyone else, just because he loved the music. I’ll miss him there and everywhere else in Port Credit and beyond. He was a giant of a man, a true inspiration.