My Best Mate
I always knew he would do anything for a party.
Well, what can I say about James?
He was larger than life, everybody who knew him couldn’t help but fall in love with him.
He was my little man with the biggest heart in the world and we sometimes say it too freely but he really would do anything for anybody. Not only would he have done anything, he would always have done it with a smile on his face.
J had this special quality that made everything that we did together far better and more enjoyable than it should have been. A beer and a game of pool were so much more fun when he was around.
When things like this happen you can’t help but reflect on what influences have made your own life more fun. And I have been so lucky to have had J in my life. We shared so many memories, and everybody needs somebody to share your laughter, your secrets, your wishes and your cares, someone who’s there for you through your good times and bad. And I shared mine with James as did many others. We have all been touched by J in so many different ways and despite him leaving us so early he has still managed to bring old friendships together – he would be rubbing his hands now laughing to himself thinking JOB DONE…. Because that was J.
J if you can hear me now, I want you to know you were so much more than my best mate.
I will never forget you and I will always love you.
God bless mate, take good care of yourself up there.
Our Lovely Son
We are here to celebrate the life of our lovely son James and we would like to share with you some of the many memories we have of James.
James has very many interests – he is a keen gardener, loves his dance music and is a secret bedroom DJ, mixing all his dance tracks.
James is also an occasional fisherman – occasionally he might catch a few small fish. Despite his best efforts the large ones usually got away. He liked his tropical fish, although I’m not sure I could understand what he saw in that nasty Percy in his bedroom – he has eaten all the other fish.
James loves his football even though he has peculiar tastes – I mean where is the other Rochdale supporter? Invariably though, when it came to International football he always wore his Polish shirt – after all they are more likely to win the next World Cup. We couldn’t get a small Polish shirt for Kai today which explains why he has to wear the England strip.
I remember he used to have poor communication skills in his early teens – his friend would phone and when I answered the phone all I heard was isjayder, having been subjected to this for a while I knew how to decipher it: ‘Its for you James’. He would pick up the phone and say alo (if you were lucky). I learnt later on when he had mastered English Language that this was indeed Redditchspeak.
James is a big kid. Nothing gives him more pleasure than playing ‘Whats the time Mr Wolf’ with Chloe, Abbie and Ellis. Who else would think of climbing on top of the garage to hide when the kids played Hide & Seek and then make funny noises at them when they couldn’t find him. Kids adore him, he is just like their Pied Piper.
James is a great family man. He has a lovely wife and two beautiful children and he adores them as much as they him. We are so proud of all of them.
James is my best pal.Every Friday without fail I would hassle him to come out with me. We would order our curries and go and have a couple of pints at the Woodland,discuss the latest news events and put the world to right.
With his cheeky chappie look, quick wit and dry sense of humour together with his remarkable ability to mimic, the lad is undoubtedly one of the funniest people I know. He really should have been a comedian.
Recently Joanne had accidentally dropped her new mobile phone into her cup of tea and James got to hear about it. Quick as a flash James phoned her and in his best call-centre voice advised her that her Insurance policy was not covered by T-mobile.
James is also a kind and caring person, who would do his utmost to help and support his friends and family in times of trouble.
I’m sure I have embarrassed him enough by now, so I will finish by asking you, whenever you think of James, simply to recall your own special memory and cherish it forever.