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Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel

75 Church Street, St. Catharines, ON

OBITUARY

James Duncan Moffett

November 9, 1975September 29, 2019

James' family kissed him goodbye on September 29, 2019. James lived his life to the fullest for 43 years. He was loved by and married to Janine Moffett (nee Vogel) for 22 years, and was an amazing dad to Zara (20), Caleb (18) and Elijah (14). He will be missed by his dear parents Nancy and Duncan Moffett, his sisters Jill (Bill) and Cathryn (Dylan) and his brother Paul (Jan). He will also be missed by his parents-in-law Chris and Gudrun Vogel, his sister-in-law Michele (RJ) Carr and many nieces and nephews.

James honoured God with his life. He was a talented composer, creative in all areas of life, and always ready for an adventure with his family.

A special thank you to James' oncology team, especially Dr. Lee and Dr. Heller, and for the wonderful care he received from the staff at Hospice Niagara in the last days of his life.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Bethesda Community Services in James' honour. James believed in the work at Bethesda with his whole heart.

Friends will be received at the HULSE & ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL (75 Church St., St. Catharines, 905-684-6346) on Friday, October 4 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. The Funeral Service will be held at ST. GEORGE'S ANGLICAN CHURCH (83 Church St., St. Catharines) on Saturday, October 5 at 11 AM. Attendees are asked to wear a touch of lavender colour to the service.

LEGACY Poem by Glynis Ratcliffe

Looking down at my hands
I can't help wondering what I've done to make the world a better place. Am I making a difference?
Looking into my eyes,
I find myself asking if I've always looked at others
with love and grace.
Has my life been worthwhile?
If I were to die tomorrow, what would my legacy be?
There's a tremor growing inside of me as I think what the answer may be.
Then, I see you.
I see your sweet smile
I see your thoughtful eyes
I see your loving heart and I know.
I have done one thing right.
Si vis amari, ama. If you want to be loved, love.
Omnia vincit amor. Love conquers all.
Omnium rerum principa parva sunt. Everything has a small beginning.

THE LAVENDER FIELDS By James Moffett

We go to the lavender fields in early July.
Bright bristles paint the field with light violet vibrancy,
Each bud dripping with colour and fragrance,
Bristling with life, dancing with bees in the warm wind.

We say, let's not think about September,
When the greyed buds will crumble, tired and faded,
Littering tiny flower bits about like crumbs,
Let's not wait for the lifeless, desiccated sweet release of the petals,
Shaken from their stems and gathered up into sachets,
Their fragrance hauntingly strong as memories.

They say you have sixty months, maybe.
Days slowly unwinding, swirling away.

In early July the lavender blooms, full of life,
Its perfume all freshness, cleanliness, bright and calm.
We go to the lavender fields in early July.

THE GIFT By James Moffett

Every today is a gift
that you want to open slowly, carefully,
revealing unexpected treasures.
Like a child's birthday party,
dear friends and family circle you,
love in their eyes, wishing you happiness.
With you, they treasure every present moment.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 5, 2019

Memories

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Ruth Mandley

October 4, 2019

I did not know James personally but I am a member of St.George's Senior choir and am well aware of his musical contribution and how well he and his family are loved. I know he tried to stay as long as he could and he loved his friends and family dearly. His is a bright light that I am sure will continue to shine within all those he and his music have touch.

Grace Cale

October 3, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with James for many years. His caring and gentle nature always shone through.

My deepest condolences to the family.
Grace

Suzette Edwards

October 1, 2019

The entire Moffett Family,
My sincere condolences to you during this time. I have had the pleasure of getting to know you durning your many visits at Medicaone. Your family has been nothing short of pure grace under pressure. The love of God radiated through each conversation, and every warm smile. It was an honor to have met
James, and Janine, you are a remarkable woman, wife and mother. You are a blessing to your family. I pray that the Loving Father will give you peace that passes understanding as you walk through this journey.
Sincere condolences,
Suzette E, Clinical Assistant
Dr.Justin Ramanauskas

Cathy Davis

October 1, 2019

I’m so happy that my last in person conversation with James was discussing two of our favourite things in life, something we were both very passionate about; our kids, music and butter tarts!
James was an inspiration to everyone by the way he lived every day with hope and a smile and lots of laughter from the time I met him which was absolutely even more apparent after his diagnosis. Thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all! Xxoo

Jill Moffett

September 30, 2019

Doris Fraser

September 30, 2019

So sorry for the loss of your Beloved. Doris ( Pray Shawl Member St Georges)

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY