Peter Thomas James

January 29, 1979April 26, 2021

Peter Thomas James, passed away on April 26, 2021. He was born on January 29, 1979 in Cumberland, Rhode Island, the son of the late Daniel James and Dianne James Bowman who survives.

Peter, also fondly known as "Petey Bird" by his friends, worked as a self employed roofer for the past 20 years. He enjoyed sports, specifically the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox and he was an avid sports card collector. He enjoyed being outdoors and hiking. He loved animals and would go above and beyond to rescue even a mouse. Peter was a collector of many things, often coming home with a variety of items.

He loved candy, specifically Trolli gummy worms, pizza and cookie dough ice cream.

He will be remembered as a loving supporting son and brother, a loving husband, and nurturing father.

He is survived by the love of his life, Elsie James; daughters, Dezirae Bostyn, Daisy May and Violet Ophelia; mother, Dianne (Tom) James Bowman; sister, Dani Lee (Riley) Hamilton; one niece and three nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel James.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, May 3, 2021 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4916 Trier Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46815 with calling one hour prior.

Burial will take place in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne, IN.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Borromeo School, Ft. Wayne, IN.


  • St. Charles Borromeo School


  • Visitation

    Monday, May 3, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, May 3, 2021

  • Commital Service

    Monday, May 3, 2021


Peter Thomas James

have a memory or condolence to add?

Shawnie Stone

May 4, 2021

My very sincere prayers to Pete's mom, elsie, the girls and his family. You can be proud of Pete. He was an amazing man, worker, loyal friend, who enjoyed having friends over to entertain and hve drinks with. He had an amazing personality and could make u laugh unexpectedly. The loyalty of his character was over and above! At anytime, or any place if u (jermard) needed him for anything you could count on pete. Weather it was manual help on a roof, a flat tire, remodel, a ride. Not to mention HE WOULD BE THE FIRST TO SPEAK UP AND HVE YOUR BACK if someone got out of hand. He was always happy to see Devon and ask how he was doing in sports, when we would see him he would tell us he seen him in the paper. Wow!!! He truly was the best!! I remember when Pete got a damn baby raccoon, and he had an old school big tv that he took the tv out and made a big home for the critter eight in his living room. He would love and hold and let that thing like it was human. He was sad to get rid of it when it got old. As we told him His reply was "I'm never gonna get rid of it" he said it was gonna be the best protecter, wasn't nobody gonna come in his
I want to THANK his parents for creating such a cool, down to earth, respectable man. I was lucky to have the privilege of knowing and to b a part of his journey of life. Bless your heart Elsie for loving him and giving him his daughters. He lives thru them! I am really sorry the pain you are experiencing.
Remember him always...
Shawnie and Devon Stone

Kristen Polletta

May 3, 2021

I only met Peter once, a year ago, when he came to visit us, yet I have thought of him and smiled dozens of times since then. I love my garden and patio and have worked hard each year to add a little more. I love being in it and looking at how it grows and changes. When Peter arrived, he walked in the backyard and said "wow!" And went on to say how impressed he was. I think he's the only person who really got what I've been doing all these years :) As spring started, and I was out there more often, I thought of him a lot the past few months, and I will continue to for years to come. Sending all who loved him love and light as you lay your beloved Peter to rest.

Kim Peloquin

April 29, 2021

Parents aren't supposed to bury their children, siblings aren't supposed to say goodbye to each other while in the prime of life. Wives shouldn't be made widows and children should not lose their Daddy. Peter was a force from birth until his last day. He was blessed throughout his life because he was loved so very deeply. We were all blessed to have him among us for a short time. Hold on to the memories and know how lucky you are to have them. He is with Danny and Mrs. A now. We shall meet again!
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Love to all, Kim Peloquin and family

Chaplain Pat Brase

April 29, 2021

Tom, Diane and Family, Our heartfelt Condolences and Prayers for all of you. May our Lord hold you Close and Comfort you during the coming days.

Chaplain Pat and all of the Indiana Patriot Guard Riders

Jeff & Linda Rocheleau

April 29, 2021

Dear James Family,
So very sorry to hear that Peter has gone to Heaven.
Our deepest sympathy.
Jeff & Linda Rocheleau (RI friends)

Tommy Bowman

April 28, 2021

It was a pleasure having you with us over the past month. Providing your morning wake-up call, Pete, Pete!
One of the hardest working men I have ever know. One of the tenderest hearts I ever met.
Thank you for “letting me in your life”.
That Pats game in Pittsburg we went to was a day to remember, even though they lost, I felt like we won.
Rest in Power

Jamie Ortiz

April 28, 2021

Mike really looked up to you Pete and cared about you immensely. Thank you for being his best friend and mentor.
Ms. Elsie and girls, you are in my thoughts and prayers. True there is no pain as the one you are suffering but one day you will smile and laugh at some little memory of him and you will know that Pete never really left you, hes right there in your hearts

Deb Sullivan

April 28, 2021

Your memory will live on. Your love for your family will shine on forever. You were a great husband, father, son and friend. I feel like my sister is holding you in her arms right now. You will surely be missed by all. Ed and Deb Sullivan


April 28, 2021

This pic sums up our bond like no other. You and me against the world baby doo! You were my ride or die since April 13, 2000. Not sure I can navigate this crazy world without you by my side. But once I pick myself up off the ground I will try my best to make you proud. Time to start thinking like you ... Survival mode. The pain is unbearable. Never truly understood the phrase 'my heart is bleeding' til this week. - Forever your portuguese princess

Dani Hamilton

April 28, 2021

My brother. My hero. My heart. I can’t even begin to imagine life without you. I loved you so much. Until we meet again ...