Your spirit and wisdom you tried to teach me and others is still very much alive.
At least once a day, I ask, "What would Mr. James do?" Sometimes the answer(s) comes quickly or a few days later.
I will always remember, when I first started teaching (6th grade), I asked you for your words of advice. I was bracing for a long winded response and you said, "Treat them (student's) with kindness and respect, for you might be the only one who gives it to them."
Thank you for your thoughts and memories that you shared. I'm planning to open up a Facebook club call "The Ted James Club", but it's at is primary state of though. There is another Facebook club called the "National Electrical Code (NFPA 70)" the deals NEC codes and issues of the day and I'm trying to link with the "The Ted James Club". Other than sharing some stories and photographs, I think Mr. James would like us to continue learning of our electrical trade and expanding our training. The James Family is awarded about it and they would like to see it in some way of being low key and tasteful in respects for Mr. James. As of now I'll try to let know when it going to open up, but please pass the word around.
Armando Mike Ramirez
S/1986 – F/1989
Thank you Armando Ramirez for keeping this guest book open,
I like to visit this area at times to sort of feel still connected to a man that really expanded my mind to the attitude of electricity, what it does, what it doesn't do, why it does .. etc .. . I have been and still am a Licensed C10 Electrical Contractor, since 1987 , my last class with Mr James was during 1986 I was 24 years old, never did finish the class, but those first 3 years were absolutely priceless.
I did see him one last time in Pasadena on a the way to an estimate, probably 25 years ago, He was driving his old Van, I slowed to get his attention, he reluctantly slowed too, He recognized me right away with a big Ted James grin ..all I remember is here was my mentor and me stopped in the middle of some residential street talking about electricity again, I think he was pleased when he noticed I was a licensed electrician being that my old el Camino had my company name and License number across the driver door .. I'm sure he was proud .. I'll never forget you Ted, we'll meet up again in time ..
Student, Mark Perry attended class 84-85-86
Almost one year ago , I have spoken and I want to rephrase my thoughts so forgive me and thank you.
"I always hear Mr. James say thank you to his father what his father taught Mr. James. Now I'm saying thank you Mr. James, for teaching me in the electrical trade and in road of life whether I'm combatting my dyslexia or some else, either rough or smooth. I'll never forget what you taught me, that God be-stoled on the good earth, as a formal student and in the electrcal trade and the job that I have at the MTA."
Ted James was my mentor, friend and one of the finest professors on the planet. I miss him dearly. Thank you Mr. Ted James for helping so many people better themselves from your unselfish use of the little amount of time you spent on earth. God Bless you, Rest in Peace - Bill Garlatz Southern California Edison (Retired)
I am saddened to of read this information,I attribute much of my knowledge of over 30 ago regarding the science of electricity to this wonderful teacher, he was and always will be known to me as a the brilliant well expressed educator that I admired very much.
I can still hear his lessons in my memory, Thank you Mr. James for opening my eyes to such an amazing energy as electricity.
Bless you Sir ..
Professor James gave us so much more than how to wire how to wire a squirrel cage motor. He was a father figure for a lot of us. Some of his famous sayings we still repeat today :
* Use aluminum flex so you can play with the wife when you get home.
* Lord willing and the creek don't rise.
* Oh Lord, help this poor boy from East LA.
* There's more than one way to skin a cat.
Just to name a few. Memorable moments when we would go to visit all the Dam Dams (Power Plants) campouts. Great memories. Friends I made (Greg C. , Julio M.) and myself owe our professional careers to Professor James. We wish we could have told him in person. Our heart goes out to his family.
Senior Process Engineer
A.S. Electrical 1987
CSULA Industrial 1991
Dear Mr. James,
Thank you for being my mentor and my instructor. The electrical industry has lost a great person that may never be replaced.
I really appreciate your knowledge that you have shared with us and have taught me how to be a great electrician.
I always hear he say thank you to his father what his father taught Mr. James. Now I'm saying thank you Mr. James, for teaching me in the electrical trade and in road of life either rough or smooth. I'll never forget what you taught me, that God be-stoled on earth, as a formal student and in the electrcal trade and the job that I have at the MTA.
Professor James was my mentor and friend, he will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to the family he has touched so many lives on this earth. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Virgil had so much life to live yet and many more memories to make with us. We will miss you. To the family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time to cope with the horrible loss of Virgil. Continue to stay close to your family and friends, but most of all continue to rely on your faith in God and the hope that he provides for our loved ones who have passed away...remembering that He will catch all of your tears and provide exactly what you need because he cares for you. 1John 5:7.
My condolences to the James family. "Ted" was more than my Electrical Instructor, he was my mentor. He touched my life in a very special way, and will never be forgotten.
I wanted to offer my condolence and pray for the James family. Mr James played a an important part in my life as well as my well being as an Electrical Contractor [Robinson Electrical]. If it weren't for his concern, conviction and stern ways as an instructor, I would not have strive to reach my potential. "I yet striving. Elder Wayne & Sis Louvenia Robinson
"My condolences to the immediate and extended family. Mr. James was the most Christ like person I ever had the privilege to know. Mr. James 'walked his talk.'
My heartfelt condolences to the family for your loss. Ted's knowledge and willingness to share that knowledge blessed many. Ted was very instrumental in my joining the Adjunct Faculty at PCC and it was a blessing to work with him in the Engineering and Technology Division.
I wanted to offer my condolences and a comforting thought. John 3:16- For God loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.
Lynette Ewing and family express their sadness at the passing of Ted. We will continue to pray for the family. May the Lord continue to encourage you at this most difficult time.
May the family find comfort in remembering the full life your loved one lived and the joy he brought to many. Allow the Almighty God to help you thru these difficult days. Romans 15:33