Barbara Helen Pimm

Barbara Helen Pimm (nee Japp)
February 10, 1936 – March 21, 2021


It is with profound sadness we announce the death of our mother Barb after a brief illness. She was 85.  Pre-deceased by her husband of 60 years, Ted (Edward) Pimm, in 2016, Mom will be missed by four daughters; Jeannine (Andrew); Kerry (Tony); Beverley (Lou), and Beth; grandchildren Meagan, Scott (Kelsey), Brian, Jim, Claudia, Ben, and Ellen, and great-grandson Wyatt.  She will also be fondly remembered by sister and brother-in-law June and Lory LaRose. 

An excellent hostess, Mom loved to entertain family or friends for any reason and could pull a party together even if she only had a jar of pickles and a box of saltines on hand. She had a great sense of humour and loved to hear a good joke, although Mom could not tell a joke to save her soul.  She enjoyed spending an afternoon beside a swimming pool or on a beach, her toes in the sand, with a good book and a drink.  Mom loved to cut a rug if the right tune was playing and enjoyed seeing live music and theatre.  She dressed with style and welcomed the occasion where a hat could be her accessory of choice. 

Mom had a profound love of history--she always wanted to join an archeological dig, always hoped to find an arrowhead in her garden, was an avid Jeopardy fan, and could complete a crossword puzzle in pen--because she could.  She loved to travel and could be ready to go anywhere given ten minutes’ notice.  She made trips to England, Scotland, Greece, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Malta, Italy, and Sicily.  Missed going to Australia, but had fond memories of Bermuda. 

Gifted with great ability to listen and common sense, she was a mentor, a role model, and a friend to those who knew her.  Mom left this world with dignity and grace surrounded by family. Her passing has left a large hole in our lives and she is already sorely missed. 

We thank Dr. W. Cheng for his friendship, and kind and compassionate care. 

Cremation has taken place and given these unique times a get-together may be arranged if and when conditions allow. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Canada or the MS Society of Canada would be appreciated.




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  • Sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing. I fondly remember visiting the Pimm household in Kingston and the Hamilton boy clan trying to take over, the Pimm girls would have none of that!

    Mark Hamilton
  • Beverley, Lou, Claudia, Ben & family
    Our thoughts are with your family during this sad time.
    May all your memories help you through this time of loss.

    Mark, Samantha & family

    Samantha Cianfarani
  • You will all be in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead, cherish your memories of Mum, she is with your Dad now and they will both be watching over you.
    Please know that we love you and are here for you.

    Vivian & Joe Ruggiero
  • I was very saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. The few times I met her she always seemed to be smiling and I could tell she enjoyed life.

    Patricia Smith
  • Everyone,

    What a great description! You have really captured an accurate picture of your mom. I can see her so clearly.

    I have so many memories of being with your family. What fun we had. She and your Dad sure knew how to throw a party. I will toast her with a gin and tonic tonight. I am so sure she is up there dancing in a stylish red dress, and yes, she is wearing a floppy brim red hat to match.

    My heart goes out to you, Jeannine, and to all “The Sisters” and grand-kids. What an amazing grandma you had!

    Love to all,

    Catherine (Owen)

  • The obituary is great and very typical of the Pimm style. It almost felt like a quick visit back to good friends. Sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to everyone.

    Judith (Owen) Cleland

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Lots of love snd thinking of you all.

    The Gesualdi Family

    Michael Gesualdi
  • This obituary describes your mom very well. She was very kind and funny. May she Rest In Peace. Condolences to all of your family

    Kim Rajotte
  • My sister Nina Christie was a foster child of the Japps ( Jim and Dolly??) until she reached puberty and the Toronto C.A.S. removed her from their Weston ON. home and sent her to Warrendale, a group home for emotionally disturbed teenage girls. The years would have been 1948 until 1953 approximately. I was in a foster home in Mt. Dennis at the time and I would often visit Nina at the Japp home on Lawrence Ave. W. I got to know Barbara during those visits. Going to the cinema in the town of Weston, dinner at the Japp home were pleasant memories. Years later after my sister and I had retired, we drove to the Woodland Beach area of Georgian Bay and had an enjoyable luncheon with Barbara at her cottage. The two of them were able to reconnect, talked about the past and shared stories of what happened in their lives as adults. I was saddened to hear of the death of Barbara. From the obituary she was well-loved and will be truly missed by those she has left behind.

    john christie
  • Bev, what a lovely, thoughtful tribute. Condolences to you all. xo

  • A second mom for
    Over 40 years. I’ll always have her laughter with me. Love and hugs to all the family.

    Ayesha Shaikh

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