With heavy hearts we announce the passing of James Douglas Burgess on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Jim passed peacefully in his home with his partner RoseAnn and his brother Rob at his side. Born in Chatham 64 years ago to the late John (Jack) and Elsie Burgess-Wigle (nee Atwood). Jim is survived by his wife RoseAnn Vis and brother Robert Burgess (Sheila) of Bracebridge. Also survived by his nephew Alex Burgess of Calgary, stepdaughter Margaret Wlodarczyk of Calgary and grandson Dallas Bonner, also of Calgary. A graduate of Blenheim District High School and Seneca College in Toronto, Jim retired from Navistar, Chatham, after 32 years, to focus on his business “A Life Full of Books” on Queen Street in Chatham. An active member of the Green Party, he put in a strong campaign for the Party in the 2004 Provincial election. Jim was an animal rights activist and strong supporter of the Chatham PAWR. He was polite, kind, friendly, and inspired so many of us “to do” something about our passions. In lieu of flowers, donations to PAWR would be appreciated. The family would like to thank the medical professionals; Willi, Monica, and Dr. L. O’Brien, as well as family members for their support during Jim’s illness and in his final days. All who knew Jim will miss his sage advice, his sharp wit, his warm generous smiles and his great stories.