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JAMES, Edward Athol

1932 – New Glasgow, NS
2013, Calgary, AB

Edward “Eddie” James was born January 25, 1932, in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. He died of heart failure at Calgary, Alberta, on July 11, 2013, nearly one year after the death of his beloved spouse, June.
He is survived by sons Andrew and Ian James, sister Dorothy Stewart, daughter-in-law Marcha Davidson and grandchildren Ella and Cameron James. Eddie attended Acadia University, graduating in 1952 with a B.Sc. and bronze medal in geology. He married June Marie McLeod in 1954, and worked as a geologist in the oil industry in Ontario, Western Canada, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines and Kenya. Eddie’s own company – E.A. James Gas & Oil Ltd. – was his mainstay from 1978 on.
Eddie played the bagpipes, guitar, violin and the stock market.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (703 Heritage Dr. S.W.) on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family extends its gratitude to Eddie’s loyal and loving caregivers Rahel and Zareena.

In living memory of Edward James, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Dear Dolly
    We were very sorry to read about your brother in today’s paper. We are thinking of you & send our deepest sympathy to you & your family.
    Stew & Barb, Johnny & Nancy, Irving & Barb

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  2. Jake Kooy & Jacqueline Tedford-Kooy :

    “Uncle Eddie” was a master of story telling. His worldwide experiences and various associations provided many enlightening tales of his life adventures. He was one of a kind.
    Our sincere condolences to the James family.

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  3. Sandy and Emily MacGregor :

    Andrew,Ian, Dorothy & Family:

    Will greatly miss Eddie’s conversations about his family he loved,the oil industry, and a dozen other things in which he had great interest. He had a wealth of information about the old days in the lumber woods and about growing up in the Garden of Eden and Nova Scotia.

    His enthusiasm about everything was contagious.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  4. John & Barbara Wood :

    Sincere sympathy to all the family. We will miss both Eddie and June as we always looked forward each summer to their visits and the card games.
    Love, John and Barbara

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  5. Harvey and Rita Ford :

    Our deepest sympathy to Andrew and family. Call me if you need assistance with your father’s woodlot in N.S. My phone no.(902)755-0373.

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  6. Stan and Barb MacEachern :

    Andrew, Ian, Dolly and Family
    It is with shock and sadness that today we learned of Eddie’s death. Eddie and June were dearly loved and cherished friends. We always looked forward to their visits to the “East Coast”. Only a couple of weeks ago I drove down from Fraser’s Mountain and passed through “The Garden of Eden” on my way back to Pictou. We have lost a legend who, along with June, will be dearly missed.
    Extend our deepest condolences to all the family.
    Stan and Barb MacEachern

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  7. Bevan Warris :

    I am a geologist who worked with Eddie in the Sydney office in the late 1960’s.
    Eddie was an excellent geologist and a great mentor who imparted his knowledge and experience to an office of “green” newly employed geologists. My sincere condolences to his family.

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  8. Harvey and Rita Ford :

    Andrew and Family, Our deepest sympathy,

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  9. Anna and Lyle Sutherland :

    Eddie was a wonderful neighbor. When we moved into the neighborhood we loved hearing him play the bagpipes, always at a respectful afternoon time. During his walks he would chat to us on various interesting topics.

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  10. Graham Pace MD :

    I am sorry to hear of Eddie’s death. He and I were best friends at Acadia where we graduated together. We have been in touch by phone the past several years.

    Eddie’s sister’s father-in-law and my father were best friends during World War I.

    My condolences to the James Family.

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  11. Matthew H Fraser Moat :

    Condolences from England-
    Edward Athol James was my 1st cousin twice removed.
    We are both descended from Thomas James born 1842 in England, died 1914 in Goldenville, Nova Scotia.

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  12. Brenda & Wayne Fraser :

    Andrew,Ian,Dorothy and Family
    Our sincere condolences
    Eddie and June were great friends and we enjoyed many barbeques and lobster suppers together over the years.
    Eddie was a true individualist with unique and unconventional interests -bagpipes included.He will be missed.

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  13. Richard Variyan :

    Hi Ian.
    I was sad to hear of the passing of your father. But good things come out of sad things sometimes. His passing brought us together again, after 25 years. My thoughts are with you.

    Richard

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  14. Gary and Robin :

    Dorothy, Andrew & Ian,
    our most harty condolences goes out to you. Eddie was a true brother-in-law and husband to my sister.

    Best Regards,

    Gary & Robin

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  15. Al and Wilma McLean :

    Sincere condolences for Andrew, Ian and family. I was a good friend of Eddie for about 30 years. I visited him and June in The garden of Eden in Nova Scotia and he showed me local sights and outdid me 5 to 1 in picking blueberries on his land. A fine man with a great sense of humour. His stock market prowness was well known to all. A great story teller who entertained us all.

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  16. Claire and Ralph Foote :

    We were very sorry to learn of Eddie’s death. We extend our condolences to all Eddie’s family. He certainly will be missed.
    Sincerely,
    Claire and Ralph Foote

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  17. Catherine macdonald schella :

    Dear Ian, Andrew and family,
    I was so saddened to learn of Eddie’s sudden death.Your parents were so kind to me when I was in calgary briefly in 1979. We have a trailer in Dunvegan and this weekend is the Broad Cove concert which your father enjoyed so many times. He would often quiz me about Cape Breton fiddlers. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Catherine

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  18. Patti Miller :

    Andrew and Ian, My sincere condolences, was so sad to hear of your father’s passing. Still painfully missing Aunt June.

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