James "Jamie" Reid Stemler, age 43, of Floral City, surrounded by his loving family, passed away at his parents' home in Floral City on May 12, 2012.
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He was commissioned to heaven for his greatest art project ever. Born in Allentown, PA, he spent his early teens in Bolton Landing, NY, before he moved to Floral City and graduated from Citrus High School in 1987. Jamie was an amazingly talented artist and owner of several T-shirt design/silk screening businesses through his lifetime. His skills with pencil and colored pencil transcended reality. When brain cancer paralyzed his right side, he refused to let the disease steal his artistic spirit. Instead, his insurmountable creativity shone through and he taught himself to watercolor paint with his left hand. His passions included drawing beautiful women and scenery. He loved to travel and enjoyed the outdoors, boating, fishing, skiing and tennis.
Jamie is survived by his mother and stepfather, Trudy and Bob Logan of Floral City; father, Ronald Stemler of Bolton Landing, NY; sister, Julie (John) Leroux-Ross of Pittsburgh, PA; and nephews, Joshua and Justin Leroux and James Ross of Pittsburgh, PA.
A celebration of Jamie's life will be held at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness at 12 p.m. Saturday, June 2.
The family is extremely grateful for the love and support of neighbors and friends, and the professional, caring staff from Hospice of Citrus County of the Nature Coast, in Inverness, who helped to provide and care for Jamie as he bravely battled a debilitating disease. Memorial donations can be made to the Hospice group at this location or the American Brain Tumor Association.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on May 14, 2012