James Elliot Le Fever

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born on November 27th, 1936, passed away on October 21, 2016, aboard his beloved sailboat, Pelagic, in Longboat Key, Florida. Known to friends as Jim, he charmed everyone with his wit and his brighter-than-Paul-Newman sparkling blue eyes. He loved restoring vintage cars, messing about on boats, cigars and his favorite cat, Fritz. A self-confessed luddite, he hated technology, and loved literature and The New Yorker. He told sweeping stories, and you could be sure part of them were true, you just never knew which parts. We knew he was, in fact, in the Navy, drove a Model T across the country, and was a high school football star in Marietta, GA. He traveled far and wide on Pelagic, sailing solo across the Atlantic. He participated in a sailing regatta from Key West to Cuba, and at one point, had to lash himself to the mast to make repairs caused by rough weather. He owned a dive shop in St. John and, as a diver, brought up what was reported to be the largest and oldest known anchor at twelve feet, thought to have belonged to a ship that sunk during a hurricane in 1867. He lived and traveled throughout the Bahamas and the Caribbean, and settled in Longboat Key at Dock on the Bay. He loved a good practical joke, often at the expense of an unsuspecting customer at the local Publix. He did not suffer fools gladly or quietly, but had nothing but goodness, affection and respect for those he drew close to him. He is survived by close friends who became his family: Peter Kreissle, Pam Moniz, Austin Dunk, Chris Love and Karen Riley-Love and Chris Costantino. All who loved him dearly will never forget his charm, wit, mischievousness, stubbornness, and for not holding back his opinion, even if you had not asked him for it. Jim was a great friend, and those he leaves behind will miss an original, lost in the knowledge that there will never be another like him. A Celebration of Life will be held at Dock on the Bay, 3440 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 4:00 P.M. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in charge of arrangements. Condolences to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on Nov. 7, 2016