In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
JAMES, Percy Wilfred - 90 of Halifax, born December 13, 1920 in Burgeo Newfoundland passed away August 8th, 2011 in Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building following a year long illness. He was the son of the late Caroline (Foote) and John James. A veteran of the Second World War, Percy served with the Royal Canadian Army (6 months) the Merchant Marine and completed his service with the Royal Canadian Navy serving on the corvettes as convoy escort. Percy was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Pacific Star, 1939-1945 Voluntary Service Medal with Silver Bar and the 1939-1945 War Medal . Ships served on were the PRINCE HENRY, BITTERSWEET, MEON, and the MATANE along with the LADY DRAKE, LADY HAWKINS and HMS CAVALIER. Following his wartime service Percy worked as a rigger at HMC Dockyard for 38 years and did much of the high tower rigging for telecommunications towers throughout the province. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and during the winter months he often built boats in his garage to use at his favourite and often secretive fishing holes. He was also a proficient player of the button accordion and entertained at many a kitchen party! Percy was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was recognized for 50 years membership in 1998 and a 60 year member of St. Georges Anglican Church, Halifax. Percy was predeceased by his wife Amelia (Mildred) Louisa James (Hardy), in September 2010 just one month short of their 70th anniversary. He is survived by his children Marion (Guy) Lewis, Percy Jr (Beryl), and Carolyn, 5 granddaughters, Cheryl, Karen, Dana, Terri and Amy; 8 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren also survived by brother Bernard (Joyce) James and sister Lucy Dube, predeceased by brothers Kenneth and Jack and sister Gertrude . The family would like to acknowledge and offer heartfelt thanks to the nurses, PCW's, Rec Therapists and all others involved in our father's care while he was a patient on 5East Camp Hill. Your caring and compassion embody the true spirit of your profession. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Wed., August 10th at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, Lacewood Dr., Halifax (902) 455-0531, with funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m., St George's Anglican Church, Brunswick St, Halifax, NS., Thursday, August 11th. Family Flowers only, donations may be made to the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Garden, St Georges Anglican Church or a charity of your choice.
Ships served in:
SS LADY DRAKE
Percy James (left), with his father John Henry James and his brother Ken James
All three served in the navy during the Second World War