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JAMES, Desmond Pentland

August 24, 1924 – Calgary, Alberta
April 8, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Des James of Calgary, AB, passed away at Colonel Belcher Veterans Care on Monday, April 8, 2019 at the age of 94 years.

Des was predeceased by his loving wife Jean James in March in 2009 after 62 years of marriage. He is survived by sons, Tom and Bob; daughters-in-law, Eileen and Tanya; grandchildren, Stephanie, Marielle, Dylan and Hunter; his great-grandchildren Nolan and Galia; and several nieces and nephews in Alberta, Texas, and England. Des was predeceased by his father, Major Charles W.S. James; his mother, Clara A. (Pentland) James; his brother, Kenneth; his sister, Pat McClaren; and his brother Warrant Officer Alan L. James, RCAF.

Des was born in Calgary and raised in the Beltline area, attending Connaught, Sunalta, and Western Canada High School. He spent five years in the HMCS Undaunted Sea Cadets and then served with the RCAF in WW2. After the war he worked for Bruce Robinson Electric Ltd before moving to Pacific Petroleums Ltd (later Petro-Canada) where he worked until his retirement.

At Des’ request there will not be a memorial service. His ashes will be interred with those of his dear wife, Jean, at Eden Brook Cemetery, Calgary – Together Forever.
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In living memory of Des James, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Diane Haggarty

    To the family of Des. You will remember Des as a very fine father and grandfather. I will remember him as one of the greatest neighbors we had. We enjoyed socializing with both Jean and Des. Even after Jean left us, Des never forgot my birthday. He would send me a birthday card every year (mailed even though we lived a few houses apart). It’s little moments like this, that make this man so special in my eyes. I’m sure you will miss him dearly – but remember the little things from this big man!

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