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Richard W. James

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Richard William James, 84, of Brockton, passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Brockton, after a short illness. He was the husband of Claire A. (Wallace) James. Born May 19, 1929, in Brockton, he was the son of the late Philip G. James and Mary R. (Olenick) James. A lifelong Brockton resident, he graduated from Brockton High School in 1947 and Bridgewater State College in 1951. He then served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1964 and retired as Captain. Dick married his wife in St. Patrick Church in Brockton Aug. 29, 1959. Dick operated Keystone Print and then Brockton Photo Engraving for many years. He performed in Potpourri and local talent shows. He was the choir director at St. Patrick Church for many years and was also a choir member at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. He was director of Irelands Own Chorus. Dick had a second home in North Conway, N.H., where he was a communicant of Our Lady of the Mountains. He enjoyed golf, music and piano playing. He is survived by his wife, Claire A. (Wallace) James; his children, Antoinette Mary Criss and her husband R. Randolph, Constance Claire Jones and her husband Stephen, Richard W. James, Matthew Vincent James and his wife Deborah and Frances Helen James; his grandchildren, Ian, William and Megan James; his brothers, Philip James and Robert James; he is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral from the Russell & Pica Funeral Home, 165 Belmont St., Brockton, Saturday at 8 a.m. thence to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 439 West St., Brockton, where a funeral Mass will be celebrated for the repose of his soul at 9 a.m. Private cremation will follow. Calling hours Friday 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis,TN 38105, or to the charity of ones choice. For guest book and directions, visit

Published in The Enterprise on Feb. 26, 2014
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