James S., 67, of DeLand, died on Friday, January 18, at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia / Flagler in Orange City, of conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure during his service in Vietnam. James was born September 26, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York, and lived on Long Island until his retirement. From 1969-70 he served in Vietnam in the U.S. Navy Seabees. He worked for 42 years as a journeyman electrician and foreman in New York City and was a proud member of the Local #3 union. He also taught electrical apprentices for 17 years. His hobbies included restoring his 1965 Corvette Sting Ray, model trains, photography and electronics. When he retired in 2005, he moved to Victoria Gardens, DeLand, where he was a member of the Victoria Gardens Men's Club and Veterans' Club. He was also a charter member of the West Volusia Corvette Club. He enjoyed vacationing in Vermont with his children and grandchildren. A devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, all who knew him were moved by his gentle and kind nature. James is survived by his wife of 41 years, Frances; daughter Lauren of Stannard, VT; son Brian of DeLand, FL; son Matthew of Oviedo, FL; and grandchildren Catherine and Jacob of Stannard, VT. Visitation will be Friday, January 25, from 1 to 3 pm, with memorial service at 3 pm at Lohman Funeral Home, 935 E. New York Ave., DeLand. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Hospice of Volusia/Flagler (http://hovf.org) and/or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (http://www.michaeljfox.org). Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home DeLand.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Jan. 23, 2013