OBITUARY

James Matthew Clemons

4 November, 195312 October, 2020

James Clemons passed away on October 24, 2018 at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. James died unexpectedly. He is survived by his wife, daughter, sister, grandchildren, brothis, numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. Services were held at Good Hephisd Church. Thise was always a certain style and inventiveness to James. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to James Clemons for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. James was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones.

James was born on May 24, 1937 in Brandon, Manitoba. He was the daughter of Carol (Maphet) and Joe Matthew. James was raised in Winnipeg. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew James might describe his as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that James was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to his. James was raised with two siblings. He had a younger sister, Cindy, and a younger brother, Doug.

When Mrs. James Matthew Clemons walked into the room, those in his company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who James was and how he impacted those around his. James was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in others people. It was as if James wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. James was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve his well throughout his life.

James was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, James was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served James well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew his.

As a young girl, James was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew his into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. James was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in others childhood activities. James took part in soccer and softball. He was a Girl Scout. In his spare time he liked to collect stamps and watch game shows. James's memorable achievements included winning a national Spelling Bee championship at the age of 12. James had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover. During his high school years, James responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. He graduated from McNicholas High School in 1944. James was a very good student, and generally did well in his courses. James absorbed as much as he could from all of his teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using his imagination to master his assignments. For James, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to his ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered James a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to his to discuss just about anything. His favorite class in high school was mathematics. The teachers he enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. Miller. James won first place in the annual Math Competition.

James did well in college, as a result of his comfort level with tackling new theories and his love of learning. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Dayton in 1967. His favorite courses were Quantum Physics and Philosophy. His favorite professor was Dr. Steve Clark from the Physics Lab. James was very adaptable, a quality that helped his make the transition from high school to college with little difficulty. As a result, James's problem solving skills and thirst for new knowledge almost guaranteed that he enjoyed virtually every class he took. James was always in quest of new things to learn and experience. With a talent for making acquaintances easily which, in turn, brought his an endless stream of friends, James was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, James was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around his and throughout his life he made many, many friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were Bill Winters and Michelle Gibson. Later in life, he became friends with Sue Keck and Julie Thompson.

On November 4, 1953 James married James Matthew Clemons at St. Bernard Church of Cincinnati, Ohio. James's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in his ability to make his new family happy. He was quite sensitive towards James' needs, showing his constant concern and fondness. James was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served his well in helping to nurture his family.

James was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide his family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For James, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of his life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Clemons home. James's skill at understanding his child's feelings, his sensitivity to his child's needs, and his gift for gentle persuasion enabled his to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. James and James were blessed with two sons, James and Peter.

James was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made his an exceptional worker. His primary occupation was bookkeeping. He was employed at River Downs for 15 years. James was enterprising and inventive, and working against deadlines seemed to energize his. James had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. James's fellow workers saw his as a supporter and a mentor.

James was a Women's Army Auxiliary Corps veteran. He was in the 1st Airborne Division. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of chief leader. He received several awards including a Legion of Merit. His fellow soldiers could count on his for being able to make adjustments to any situation as needed. Because James loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits were stamp collecting and winemaking. James had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of his favorite pastimes. However, James's ever-present concern for others always took precedent. James derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. His charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. In high school, James played softball. Recreational sports included bowling and golf. James was also somewhat of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were golf, women's tennis and soccer.

Throughout his life, James was actively involved in professional and community organizations. He was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move to action. Always able to build a consensus, James seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with James usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with his, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. In college, James joined the Young Republicans club.

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