James “Jim” Bearss, 85, formerly of Exeter, passed away peacefully on December 9, 2022, with family by his side.
Loving spouse to Colleen Swanson of 32 years, wonderful father of Dan Bearss (Irene), Rob Bearss (Janet), and Marnie MacMeekin (Gordon), predeceased by his beloved son Mark Bearss.
Proud grandfather of nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, with another on her way.
Loving brother to Barbara Jefferson, Donna and Barry MacGregor, and brother-in-law to Shirley Bearss,and Jim Ostler. Also survived by many much-loved nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Jim is predeceased by his brother, Ken Bearss, and his sisters, Carolyn Bradford, Marj Hutchison, Brenda Ostler, his brother-in-law Norman Jefferson and niece Melanie Ross.
Jim began his career as a farmer, focused on mixed farming. From there he developed J.Bearss Machinery his own farm machinery business, sold farm real estate, and was a trusted salesman working for various farm businesses throughout the years. Later in life Jim was well known for his column with the Exeter Times, writing the ‘Senior Perspective’ keeping Seniors apprised of upcoming events, available resources, and providing them with a joke or two. His personal contribution to the Senior Community gained him recognition as Exeter’s Citizen of the Year in 2004, an honour he was very proud of.