Ronald W. James

February 17, 1937May 21, 2018

Ronald William James, 81, passed away on Monday, May 21 at his home in Stoddard, NH, with his devoted wife Jan (née Rumrill) by his side. This year will mark their 60th year together.

Ron was the son of William James, Jr. of Nairn, Scotland and Edith James (née Snell) of North Billerica, MA. He was born in Troy, NY but grew up in North Billerica, MA and was a 1954 graduate of Howe High School.

Prior to his move to his retirement home on Highland Lake in the fall of 1993, he and his wife lived in Groton, MA for over 30 years.

He trained as a draftsman through the G.E. Apprentice Program, served in the Air Force Reserves, and earned an A.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lowell Technological Institute in 1966. From there he went on to a successful 37 year-long career at Sanders Associates/Lockheed-Martin/BAE Systems.

Ron leaves a long legacy of ministry to his local church having served key roles including church leadership, prison ministry, motorcycle ministry, youth ministry, Habitat for Humanity, and most especially men’s ministry at Monadnock Covenant Church in Keene, NH.

Many of his friends and family recall with humor Ron’s can-do spirit. If you were ready to learn to water ski, Ron was an enthusiastic (albeit loud) coach. If your house needed a new roof (or anything else for that matter), Ron was your man. If you were stranded on the side of the road, Ron would be there even on the coldest and darkest night.

In addition to his wife, Jan, he is survived by his son Scott W. James (Martha) and their children: Aletheia, Erin and Andy; Gelene E. Sousa (Glenn) and their children Megan and Aaron; and Nancy J. Gates (Jonathan) and their children Ian (Kim), Christopher (Michelle), Andrew (Rebecca), David, Benjamin and Jennifer. He is predeceased by his beloved and gracious sister Heather E. Brown (Bob) of Chelmsford, MA and his devoted and fun-loving brother-in-law Bill Anderson (Peg) of Concord, NH.

A memorial and celebration of Ron’s life will be held on Monday, May 28th at 11:00AM in the Monadnock Covenant Church, 90 Base Hill Road, Keene, NH. Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00PM at the Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro Street, Keene.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Ron’s memory to the Parkinson’s Foundation (, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.


  • Visitation Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Memorial & Celebration of Life Monday, May 28, 2018

Ronald W. James

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Mark and Valerie Peterson

June 15, 2018

Our family was so blessed by Grandpa Go Go the times we were with him. He was a real inspiration to us. He touched so many people with the love of Christ. He had such a servant's heart. We will miss him.
The Mark Peterson Family

William Anderson

May 29, 2018

This song I wrote on Chris Anderson's birthday, speaks of how he was one of those who touches lives...

Everyone remembers
by William Anderson
August 2, 2017

Ev’ryone remembers their
Times they had
with you               
From their own eyes
and heart.
And they find you are
More than just a friend to them ... and to me.

… For you are a special one:       
A magnif’cent collection of our times together.
Deep within our memo-ries,
 … Fully interlaced with joy and love.

Live on my friend.  Live
On my  friend … and
Know we are watching you
And we like it. (line x3)
Live on, my friend.  Live on.

You are an inspiration

You are …
Interwoven  … with love
Intertwined from a-bove
Flut’r’in-nn like    a dove `

While we’re         …
Danc-ing   in the rays   of the Son. (repeat 2 lines x3)     

Live on, Live on.       Live on.
Live on, my   friend, Live on.

Cheryl Rumrill

May 23, 2018

My condolences to the James family from myself and my parents Clint and Marie Rumrill Jr.

Diane Webb

May 23, 2018

Growing up in such a huge lovable family was a gift for all of us.

Uncle Ronnie helped Dad build our camp on Highland Lake. His family spent many weekends with us at the camp over many years. Uncle Ronnie and Auntie Jan were more like second parents to us.

When my Dad sold our camp we were always welcome at their home on Highland Lake.

Whenever I smell a pipe, I remember Uncle Ronnie.

He will be missed but now my Dad and he are planning an extraordinary place for all of us when we join them.

Loved you so much Uncle Ronnie

Melody Stillwell

May 23, 2018

I will always remember my Uncle Ron's kind heart, his beautiful deep singing voice, his love for children and the outdoors. As a child I would look forward to spending time at his house. I remember his train sets.