Ken James—beloved husband of 55 years to Mary Ellen; father to Brad (Ruth Crammond), Anne (John Hill), Laura (Dan Kanalec), and Sara (Alan Jones); and adoring grandfather to Sarah, Libby, Lauren, Charlotte, Ethan, Olivia, Madeline, Cate and Evie—passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. His was a full and happy life, characterized by love and commitment to family and friends; and service to his community. Born August 5th, 1934, Ken grew up on his family’s Blackwell farm in Sarnia with his parents, Wilfred and Lena, and his brother, Bruce (Sharon) James. He remained deeply devoted to his family and the farm where he acquired the values of a strong work ethic and community that he carried with him throughout his life. He attended Michigan State University, where he played varsity hockey and was president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. It was at MSU that Ken met Mary Ellen. They were married in Lansing, Michigan in 1959. Upon graduating with a business degree, Ken worked for Proctor & Gamble in Michigan before returning to Sarnia in 1965 to assist with the farm and soon after began a long career in sales for Xerox Canada. In 1969, Ken was elected to the Sarnia Township Council, thus beginning a decades-long commitment to local politics that included multiple incumbencies as Councillor and Township Reeve and culminated in his 1984 election to Parliament as Member for Sarnia-Lambton, a role he served for two terms until 1993. After his time in politics, Ken continued his public service and community involvement through a number of local groups and committees, including leading the effort to recruit more family doctors to Sarnia and chairing the Board of Directors for Blue Water Bridge Canada. Ken enjoyed hard work and admired it in others, though he also loved long summer days spent with his family on Lake Huron. He valued loyalty and always tried to return it in kind. He possessed a wry sense of humour, but was always sensitive to the feelings of others. He was stoic and resilient in dealing with his health issues over the last few years. Ken was an extraordinary person and will be profoundly missed by his entire family including his nieces Vicki, Robin, Shantal and Dani and by his many friends in Sarnia and throughout Canada and the United States. The family would like to extend sincere thanks to Dr. Monique Dostaler of Bluewater Health, and to the fine VON staff and caring people at St. Joseph’s Hospice, including Dr. Allison Crombeen, for their wonderful attention during Ken’s last days. With respect for Ken’s wishes, a private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, we would gratefully welcome donations to the St. Joseph’s Hospice in Sarnia or the Aplastic Anemia & Myelodysplasia Association of Canada (AAMAC) (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.

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