John Owen James was born in Calstock, England in January 1951 to parents Henry and Trixie. He is predeceased by his older sister Loretta and is survived by his younger brother Peter (also known as Jack). As a child and teenager, he traveled extensively with his family, his taste for travel and adventure continued as a young man. He became an apprentice electrical fitter in England at the age of 16 and worked at the dockyards on Naval ships. In 1976, at the age of 25 he came to Canada to start a new life. He was shortly followed in 1977 by Catherine, they were married on March in 1978. They welcomed three children Sara in 1984, Ross in 1987 and Cody in 1991. John worked as an industrial electrician in various places and later as an electrical coordinator at TransAlta. He was always known for having one more, an extra or a creative work around. He was a real MacGyver; give him duct tape, a wire coat hanger and a stick of gum and he could fix just about anything. He will be missed dearly by Cathy, Beth, Sara (Dean), Cody (Karlie), Ross (Kate) and his five grandchildren (Adrienne, Blake, Dawson, Marissa and Miller) as well as his family overseas, including his brother Peter (Julie) and nieces (Krystal, Stacey, Selina) and nephew (Matthew) as well as many spouses and great nieces and nephews. John will also be missed by his many friends who loved his kindness, generosity and sense of humor.