John Thomas James
February 27, 1940 – January 8, 2020
John Thomas James, 79, born in Sennybridge, Wales, UK, February 27, 1940 passed away on January 8, 2020 in Port St Lucie.
Born to William and Irene James in 1940 in Wales. Immigrated to the US in 1948.
Became a naturalized citizen with his parents. He is survived by his loving wife, Judy of Port St Lucie. Graduated from Chichester High School in Boothwyn, PA. In 1958 he worked at Boeing Aircraft Company as a final assembly mechanic building Chinook helicopters. Graduated from Middlesex College with an AAS in Business Administration. Also graduated from Wilmington College, DE with a BS in Aviation Mgt. He joined the Army reserves in Upland, PA and served 6 years before volunteering for Army helicopter training. He graduated from flight school in November 1964. He then went to Vietnam as a helicopter pilot accumulating 700 combat flight hours and 526 missions. While in Vietnam he earned 13 air medals. Upon release from the Army he acquired a chief pilot position, flying a helicopter for Public Service Electric & Gas Company of Newark, NJ. Where he set up and managed the air operation. He had acquired his Airline Transport Rating, single engine and multi engine helicopter and airplane ratings, instrument rating, and flight instructor in these ratings. He was an avid scuba diver with many hours diving in the Caribbean. Upon his retirement in 1996 he had accumulated 17,000 helicopter flight hours and 600 hours of single engine and multi engine land aircraft. He was the assistant fire chief in North Brunswick, NJ. Upon retiring he moved to Port St Lucie in 1999 and lived in PGA Village.
Visitation will be Sunday, January 12, 2020, 2:00-4:00 at Aycock at Tradition, 12571 Tradition Pkwy, PSL, 34987
- Judith James, Wife
- Karen Lee James, Daughter
- Brian Keith James, Son
- Alan Thomas James, Son (deceased)
- Visitation Sunday, January 12, 2020
John Thomas James
January 13, 2020
John was a true gentleman and a wonderful person. I had the privilege to fly with him many times when I worked at PSEG. He was the pilot you wanted on the stick when the going got difficult. My deepest condolences to his family.
January 12, 2020
My Dear Friend,
RIP John, We Will Never Forget You & All The Good Times We've Shared, like the Leather Shoe Steak at the Fork's Restaurant, what a Blast that night was on your " Joke" on me . I Got you Back tho !!! Fly High Dear Friend, until we Meet Again, Bye For Now.
January 11, 2020
John , it’s a shame that I was so impressed with all that you’ve done and may you know that I was sad to hear of your passing. May you Rest In Peace.
January 10, 2020
Rest in peace my friend, will see you on the other side