Obituary of James Clarke Betteridge
Lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Carol (nee Johnson) Betteridge. Loving father of Jeffrey (Tiffany) Betteridge of Winnipeg, David Betteridge (died June 28, 1990) and Jennifer (Dale) Switzer of St. Marys. Jim was so proud to be Papa to Nathan Switzer and Danny Switzer. Jim leaves behind his siblings Rod (Bonnie, deceased) Betteridge, Bruce (Linda) Betteridge, Doug (Marianne) Betteridge, Julie (Jim) Robson, Marg (Brendan) McDonald, Milt Betteridge and Michael (Dee) Betteridge. Jim will also be missed by his sister-in-law Mary Van Den Berge (Casey, deceased) and sister-in-law Betty (Mark) Bodenham.
Predeceased by his parents Ralph Betteridge and Eleanor (nee Clarke) Betteridge and his brother Dan Betteridge (January 2019).
Jim was a member of Grace Community Church, where he willingly served in any way he could. He made many wonderful friendships while attending there. Jim didn’t really have a lot of hobbies, but he was great at digging holes for his gardener wife. He loved to work beside her while she was “creating beauty,” as he would say. Sunday morning was going to church… Sunday afternoon was NASCAR. Jim listened to mostly country music and Gaither Vocal Band. If you knew Jim you would know he had a wonderful sense of humour; he would often quote Red Green: “If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.”
Before Jim passed away he was living with the debilitating disease of Parkinsons. He moved into long term care in 2017. He lived this very difficult life with grace. He is no longer held hostage in his own body. He is free. His spirit has flown home.
A private family service will be held at Grace Community Church. A Celebration of Life Open House will be held at the ST. MARYS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, 769 Queen St. E. St. Marys, on October 19, 2022 from 1 – 3 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the
4096 Meadowbrook Dr #123, London, ON N6L 1G4
1020 Ontario St #5, Stratford, ON N5A 6Z3
Grace Community Church
16 Hillside Ct, St. Marys, ON N4X 1B8