Arthur Richard James
The James Family Patriarch departed from this world on the morning of Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in Canton, Ohio. He was surrounded by family at the time of his passing. Art was the second and youngest child of Albert James and Arlie Ann (Fulk) when he came into this world on Jan. 29, 1924 in Canton Ohio. Art was raised in Stark County. When he was a young boy, his parents moved the family from the city to a farm for his brother Thomas's health. Art thrived in the countryside, he enjoyed getting to know everybody in their rural community family's farm. When his mother fell ill with polio, the family cooking duties fell to Art. As his mother would give him directions as he stood on a stool over the stove. These formative years were the spark for his lifelong passion for gardening and cooking. He attended elementary school in a one room schoolhouse and when he later went on to Timken Vocational High School, he felt somewhat overwhelmed by the class sizes. However, he quickly found his place and formed many lifelong friendships. This ability to form enduring relationships was to be a hallmark of his life. It had been remarked that "Art could befriend a wall if given a chance.' In December, 1942, at the age of 18, Art enlisted in the US Army. He served with distinction in the Signal Corps while serving in Burma during World War II and again in the Korean War. While in the Army, he continued to forge many enduring friendships with his fellow soldiers. It was during the war, while stationed in Chicago, that Art met the love of his life and future wife, Kathryn Genevieve Kearney. They were married in Devil's Lake, N.D. on July 7, 1944. Together they raised eight children. Art and Gen shared a wonderful life together until her untimely passing in 1991. After the war, Arthur returned to Canton and worked as an electrician and later as maintenance supervisor with The Timken Company for 40 years. He was a leader in his community. Art was one of the founders of the Mellett Mall in Canton-'I was there.' He served as president of Mellett Homes, Inc through the 1960's and 1970's in addition to being a member of the Canton Chamber of Commerce. He was an active member of Basha (World War II China-Burma-India Veterans Association). One of his favorite summer pastimes was spending weekends at Nelsen Ledges Road Course, where he was an active member and Senior Stewart of the SCCA NeOhio Region. He was a member of the Republican Party and involved in local politics. He was a devout Catholic and parishioner at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Canton where all eight of his children attended school. Art had many passions and interests throughout his life, all of which he loved to share with friends and family. He loved going on family camping trips, as well as cooking and baking for his family and the local Boy Scout troop. Unexpected guests were a common fixture at the James family dinner table where Art would simply respond: 'We'll just add another cup of water to the soup.' He also enjoyed his garden, whether it was a potted tomato plant on the porch or a greenhouse full of exotic flowers. He was an avid reader, spending many a winter evening next to the fireplace with a good book. He enjoyed making friends at the DAV over a game of chess or euchre-always playing to win. Art was also an active Amateur Radio operator, his call WD8MMG. After 89 years with us, his key is now silent.
He will be deeply missed by his large family and countless friends. He will be remembered fondly for his ability to put anyone at ease, to find humor in every situation, and his never ending supply of stories and sage advice. He is survived by his eight children, Charles Arthur James married to Valerie Joan James (Cross Junction, Va.), Richard Albert James (Albuquerque, N.M.), Marianne Elizabeth Smith married to James Leroy Smith (Tucson, Ariz.), Marcia Elaine Doll married to Timothy Lee Doll (Canton, Ohio), Margaret Elise James (Canton, Ohio), Edward Arnold James married to Carol Ann James (Albuquerque, N.M.), Marjorie Eleanor Graber married to Steven Earl Graber (Canton, Ohio), and Monica Eileen Bair married to William Paul Bair (Navarre, Ohio); and grandchildren, Mark Richard James married to Nancy Rebecca James (Wadsworth, Ohio), Danielle Suzanne Armstrong married to Frank Armstrong IV (Winchester, Va.), Kathryn Arlie Smith (Dunedin, Fla.), Marc Anthony Smith married to Lisa Smith (Cleveland, Ohio), Edie M. Dale (Twinsburg, OH), Jennifer L. Manley married to Richard Manley (Beaufort, S.C.), Kenneth James Doll (Canton, Ohio), Kara Denise Restorick married to Christopher Aaron Restorick (Canton, Ohio), Kevin Scott Doll (Gainesville, Fla.), Justin Wayne James (Canton, Ohio), Rebecca James Dodd married to Andrew Burke Dodd (Albuquerque, N.M.), Kimberly Suzanne James (Portales, N.M.), Amanda Renee James (Albuquerque, N.M.), Kathryn Elizabeth James (Albuquerque, N.M.), Sarah Genevieve James (Albuquerque, N.M.), Daniel Steven Graber married to Jillian Gail Embrey (Danville, Ky.), Evan Patrick Graber (Stow, Ohio), Jessica Renee Russo married to Carmine Gabriel Russo Jr. (Columbus, Ohio), Jennifer Rachelle Bachman married to Charles Michael Bachman (Jacksonville, Fla.), Sarah Jean Carey (Navarre, Ohio), and Kaitlyn Marie Bair (Canton, Ohio): and great-grandchildren, Harrison Oliver James, Hadley Suzanne James, Blake Alexander Armstrong, Hayden Richard Armstrong, Riley Austin Restorick, Elliot James Restorick, Mitchell Aaron Restorick, Quinn Eileen Restorick, Timothy Lee Doll, Haley Shires, Cerra Shires, Simon Dale, April Dale, Ethan Dale, James Clark Graber, and Cohen James Bachman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Canton, with the Rev. Msgr. Frank Carfagna as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday from 3-5 p.m. in the Reed Funeral Home Canton Chapel. Those wishing to send condolences or share a fond memory, may sign the Reed On-Line Guestbook at
Published in The Repository on Mar. 9, 2013