AUXIER, James A. After a hard-fought one-and-a-half-year battle with cancer, James A. Auxier of Tarpon Springs, age 14, died on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at home surrounded by family. James was 13 years old when he was diagnosed with an anaplastic astrocytoma, or brain tumor, in December 2011. James was born in Marion, Ohio and spent his elementary and middle school years in New Port Richey before relocating to Tarpon Springs in 2011. He was an excellent student participating in the gifted program at Gulf Middle School and continued in honors classes after transferring to Tarpon Springs Middle. He was an active member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, where he served as an altar boy for six years. James loved outdoor sports and physical activity, playing soccer and earning a brown belt with a black stripe in karate. He also played football and was a big fan of the Tampa Bay Rays and Lightning. James was an intelligent, intuitive boy. He was always sensitive to those around him and had an amazing sense of humor. James is survived by his mother, Nancy Perkins; father, George Auxier; sisters, Cpl. Jennifer (Auxier) Murphy and her husband Corey, Maria Auxier; his brother, Lance Cpl. David Trever; grandparents, Mary Jayne Perkins (maternal), Dell and Wanda Reed, and David E. Auxier (paternal); as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Two vigils in James' honor are scheduled on Monday, May 13, with the first taking place between 2-4 pm and the second between 6-8 pm at Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, 8825 Old C.R. 54 in New Port Richey. The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, May 14 at 10:30 am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church located at 8320 Old C.R. 54 in New Port Richey. Although James Auxier's life was cut short, his family made sure that he was able to experience many of the things he always wanted to do during his life, like swimming with the dolphins in Key West, touring New York City including a Broadway show, attending Lightning hockey games and going into the locker room with his favorite players, and dining hibachi style at a Japanese steak house. Donations in James Auxier's name can be made to Suncoast Hospice's Stepping Stones for Kids, a program designed to help provide care and comfort to children with chronic or advanced illnesses and their family members.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 12, 2013