Art has concluded his decade long struggle with Alzheimer Disease, in his home at the Ridgeview Long Term Care, on June 25th, 2021. Art is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn (nee McCartney) and by his son Kevin (Paulette) James of Rockton, as well as daughters Janice (Paul) Mitchell of Uniondale Ontario, Joanne (Barry) Dawson of Fort Qu’Appelle Saskatchewan and Kristine (George) Leach of Mount Hope Ontario.
Also survived by grandchildren Vicky and Kirk James; Effie (Mathew) Koshy, Russ, Keith and Natalie (Mauro) Mitchell; Justin and Ryan (Makayla) Dawson, Amanda (Shad) Gulbranson and Ashlee (Kyle) Gurr; Branden and Tyler (Cortney) Leach plus 8 great-grandchildren.
Art was the youngest and last surviving child of Vera and Gordon James. He was predeceased by brothers Bert (Dorothy), Carl “Rusty” James and sisters Marion (Ken) Hood and Dorothy (Alec) Mackenzie. He is survived by his in-laws Myrna James, Ken (Chris) McCartney and Karen (Mike) Landers, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Born on the family farm, during a blizzard, Art lived most of his adult life in the village of Rockton. As a general contractor, Art worked on hundreds of new construction and renovation projects, eventually partnering with his son to form KevArt Construction. Art and Carolyn were very active in their community, as members of Rockton United Church and filling many positions in support of the Rockton’s World Fair which included Art serving a term as President of the fair board. Art had a 40 year career as a volunteer firefighter which saw Art rise to the rank of Fire Chief at the Rockton Fire Station.
A real life “Red Green”, Art was known for his innovative repair jobs and inventions, most of which invariably included duct tape. He leaves behind a large collection of miscellaneous items and half finished projects, many of which are of unknown origin, value or purpose. His outgoing personality along with his spontaneous approach to life plus genuine interest in other people, allowed Art to make friends easily and permanently. He could always be relied on for a warm greeting and helping hand.
A testimony to his character is this; “Art James is a man who gave more than he took and leaves this world a better place because he was here.”
The family wish to thank the staff at Ridgeview LTC Home, especially Rev. Lola and nurse Kenroy. Due to COVID restrictions, a private family funeral will be held on June 30th. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations, in Art’s memory, to: Friends of St. Alban’s Church and the Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton, Halton