JAMES, John Owen

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.

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Allisun Dalzell

Awe…that picture of John, and that notion of him always being up to something, or off fixing something over there, in the trees, will forever make me smile.

Actually, my whole life I have thought of him every time someone (intentionally) flicked water at me to start something, because he is the one who taught me…you don’t get mad, you get the garden hose and you soak them. Even if they are inside the kitchen, because that is what windows are for!!

My heart goes out to all of you…Cathy, Sarah, Ross and Cody (and everyone else who is heartbroken by his loss)…he was so young. A toast to all that he taught you, and all the funny (but crazy) stories you must have…and a toast to you, because you were the best thing he ever did in his life, of that there is no doubt in my mind.

Roy Ramdeen

John James (JJ) as I always called him, you will be missed by family, friends and past coworkers. Happy to have worked with you and share in your past experiences, and stories. Condolences to the James Family.

Maxine Elsenheimer

The James Family, Very sorry to hear of John’s passing. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May his memory be a blessing. Love Max, Gord, Ryan and Mary Anne Elsenheimer

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