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James F. LeCAIN

James F. LeCAIN Obituary
POQUOSON - James Fisher LeCain, died on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011.
Known locally as "Studebaker," Jimmy was born on May 2, 1936, in Boston, Mass., to James M. and Geneva Fisher LeCain. Jimmy was the grandson of a whaler boat captain and the son of a mariner. Jimmy inherited that love of the ocean and sailed whatever kind of vessel he could find. He graduated from Tucson High School and the University of Arizona with an electrical engineering degree, and began working for the Army at Ft. Huachuca. He married Katherine Martin in 1958.
Over the years, Jimmy worked for Martin-Marietta, Orlando, and NASA, Langley. In 1979, he went into business for himself, digging clams in the surrounding waters and performing marine salvage, mechanical repair and other odd jobs that suited his talents and interest. Jimmy had a long lasting commitment to Alcoholics Anonymous. With 34 years sobriety under his belt, he regularly attended group meetings, giving back to others through the process that changed his life. Studebaker was a wonderful oddity. He could be found on his boat or a number of Poquoson gathering spots, solving everyone's applied physics problems. He could speak on almost every subject brought up.
Jimmy lost his beloved Kathy in 1970. Jimmy and Kathy were the proud parents of five children, Barbara (Michael Fleming) of Arlington, Va., Peter (Suzanne) of Ogden, Utah, Michael (Bonnie) of Herndon, Va., John (Linda) of Ogden, Utah, and David (Sharon) of Stafford, Va. Jimmy is also survived by his three sisters, Priscilla, Patricia, and Elizabeth; and 12 grandchildren.
The family is extremely grateful and gives special thanks to all his friends throughout the Poquoson and the Tidewater community, for their steadfast support of our Jimmy.
Jimmy died on his last boat. The waters he so loved gently lulled his ailing body into a gentle rest and guided him on a course to his beloved. His dream to sail the world solo was not to be, but we wish him now fair winds and following seas on the voyage home.
Bay-side service will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 12, at Heide's Point (end Beach Road in Poquoson). A reception will follow at the Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Poquoson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to the Salvation Army, 1033 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, VA 23666. Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9, 2011
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