It is with heartfelt sorrow that the family of Dr. James Tan announces his passing from colon cancer on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the age of 38 years. James will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Vicky, his daughter, Madeline, parents, Chin Kien and Imelda, and sister, Monica. James will also live on through his in-laws, Frank and Anita (d. 2018), sister-in-laws, Lillian (Mark) Wang and Winny (Jaanan) Koivukoski, his niece, Bryn, and nephews, Michael and Tony.
A native of Toronto, James was born on October 3, 1981. He attended St. Bonaventure Catholic Elementary School and Upper Canada College. James completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Doctor of Medicine from McMaster University. He was also a graduate of the Family Medicine Residency Program in 2009, and completed a fellowship in Emergency Medicine in 2010 both at the University of Toronto.
Not only was James a superb Emergency Medicine physician at Trillium Health Partners (Credit Valley Hospital site), he was an outstanding and passionate teacher, a wonderful colleague, and a loyal friend. His family, extended family, friends, and colleagues will remain grateful for how he has enriched their lives with his love and dedication.
James had an enormous impact by making the world a better, happier, and more beautiful place. He will be missed cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs, racing cars, skiing, and travelling the world.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to advancing colorectal cancer care at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Friends and family can make their donation via Sunnybrook Foundation by:
Phone: (416) 480-4483;
Online: https://donate.sunnybrook.ca/tribute; or
Mail: c/o Sunnybrook Foundation
In memory of Dr. James Tan
2075 Bayview Avenue, KGW-01
Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Centres