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Leo Bernard James

1 May, 192818 June, 2020
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On Tuesday, May 1, 1928, George and Felicia James of Layou, Dominica, welcomed their first son to Planet Earth. They named him Leo Bernard James.

Raised in a strong Roman Catholic home, young Leo had dreams of someday becoming a Roman Catholic priest. But man proposes, God disposes: instead, Leo became a school teacher and school administrator, eventually retiring after 42 years as an educator.

At the time of his retirement, he was serving as principal of the Isaiah Thomas Junior Secondary School in St. Joseph, Dominica. Along the way, he had furthered his education by pursuing studies at the West Indies Teachers’ College in Antigua, West Indies, and the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, Canada.

A committed educator and avid supporter of education, Mr. James encouraged his children to obtain the highest level of education available to them, and to themselves follow him in the field of education. They have taken his advice to heart. Thus far, four have entered the field of education: two hold doctoral degrees in education, two have served as school principals, one is currently on the faculty of the University of New England, and another is on the faculty of Texas Tech University School of Law. The other children have excelled in fields beyond education including accounting, banking, social welfare and medical technology. The children will all attest that their father was one of the significant driving forces behind their achievements.

Mr. James was also committed to his faith. Although his early dream of becoming a Roman Catholic priest did not come to fruition, his faith in God and love for His Church remained strong. For many years he was an active member of the Co-fraternity of the Most Holy Name of God and Jesus (better known as the Holy Name Society) and also served as a lector at the St. Joseph Parish in Dominica. In his later years, as his health declined, Mr. James spent much time at home reciting the Holy Rosary and watching religious programing on EWTN television. In fact, when he was taken ill in March 2020 and spent 10 days at UMC Hospital in Lubbock, Texas, his greatest disappointment was that he was not able to access EWTN from his hospital bed!

Leo Bernard James was better known as “Teacher Leo” or “Sir.” He died in Lubbock, Texas, on June 18, 2020.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Alix (née Alexander); his children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brother; sister; relatives by marriage; numerous nieces and nephews; cousins; friends; former colleagues and former students.

A private Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at Resthaven's Abbey Chapel. Live stream will be available on Resthaven's Facebook.


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Leo Bernard James

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Amanda Garza

5 July 2020

All my love, thoughts and prayers for the James family!
although i never met Leo, I've heard wonderful things about him and i'm sadden Victoria and Matthew weren't able to know their great grandfather very well but we send our condolences to the family..

Cillar Serrant

1 July 2020

My Heartfelt Condolences go out to my Dearly beloved Headmaster’s Family.
May his Soul Rest In Peace

Sim Appleton

1 July 2020

May the God of Love comfort you at this time.

Margaret Joseph

1 July 2020

Rest in peace Uncle.

Doreen James Shillingford

30 June 2020

I remember Sir very fondly. He was interested in my educational development and always asked how I was doing. I was very impressed with his eloquence and mild manner. In those days the head teacher taught the upper grades (called standards), but he knew his students very well even those in the lower grades. I was never a fighter, and such incidents were punishable by flogging. One day a fellow classmate hit me. I waited for an opportune time for revenge (colloquially I marked her). When we went on lunch break I pulled a fist and smacked her in her back (cool pwen). I ran all the way from St. Joseph to Layou. Now I was scared to go back to school in the afternoon for fear that Sir would flog me. I was in a predicament. My flogging would come from Sir if I went to school or from my dad if I did not go. I took a chance and went to school hoping I could sneak in. As luck would have it when I arrived at “Up school”, Sir was standing outside with his belt. I walked up the steps with fear and trembling, sure I was going to get it. Sir called me and with a smug smile said “You think I don’t know what you did”. I whispered “No sir”, waiting to feel the belt, or expecting him to ask me to extend my hand for some strokes. But Sir told me “go to class and don’t let it happen again”. That day I learned mercy. Sir you will be missed.
P.S. Sir always called me June

Bernard Cuffy

30 June 2020

Thank you Grand Father for your motivation during my absolute need for a nugget.

Thanks for planting the seed for education. You had no money to give but you gave Golden Nuggets that motivated me to strive to learn and question things.

Thank you for not sparing me the whip as your grand son in primary school when I was late to school and got into innocent fights. Oh thank you! Thanks to you and my other grand father Olaf Cuffy. What a combination of grand fathers. Thanks for your encouraging words. I was raised by your mother Felisha James who showered me with books and story telling until her death over 40 years ago.

Thanks you, Thank you, from the depth of my heart Leo Bernard James.

Lydia Mason

30 June 2020

My sincere condolences to the family. I pray that God will continue to give you all the strength and endurance as you mourn the loss of your loved one.

Be of good cheer and take courage


Donna Lecointe

30 June 2020

Teacher Leo was a kind, loving and funny man with a very sharp memory. He was an awesome story teller. I remember him sharing some childhood memories of me when he visited mom while she was hospitalized in 2012. He brought joy to my heart and smiles to my soul during a very delicate time. He will surely be missed. Soar in sweet peace Teacher Leo. Love Donna

Veda James Boland

30 June 2020

Uncle Leo as I always called him was my favorite uncle. He was the first uncle by my father's side that I met because there was so many uncles. He looked out for me.
I enjoyed visiting him Layou and he would say to me , " you come and look for uncle , come and have a sit and talk to uncle.
Rest in peace uncle

Michelle Massiah-Beresford

30 June 2020

My sincere and deepest condolences to Pastor Vaughn James and the entire James family. May fond memories of your dad bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Love always,
Michelle, Mariska and Liliete


Sunrise, May 1928; Sunset, June 2020


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