Edith Louise James

April 2, 1926February 12, 2021
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The James family stock crashed this week with the loss of its matriarch Edith Louise James. Quietly and without fanfare on the evening of February 12 Louise slipped out of this world leaving behind a brokenheartedfamily to carry her memory forward.

As the only child of Harry and Maude Digby, Louise celebrated many of her 94 birthdays with gusto and most certainly with wine. Much wine.

It is without doubt a glass or two was shared upon the heavenly reunion of her husband Dr. Ken James, who was laid to rest in 2009.

Louise is celebrated by her three children, Fred (Suzanne) James, Susan (Dr. Herman) Kupeyan and Sandra (Claude) Imbt whose names passed over her lips more often than her own but possibly less than her grandchildren’snames, Michael (Emily) and Renee (Cesar), Kristen, MD (Chris, MD) and Calvin and David, MD, Ashley (Justin) and Lauren (Jason) whose life details were shared with dining companions, bus drivers, shopping clerks and anyone else with ears and time to listen.And if met with rebuttal that others round the table had grandkids too, she would soldier on upping the ante with tales of her great-grandchildren, Pippa and Finley, Aidan, Zoe and Jameson, Adrienne and Alexandra and Kaylin and Harper. And if you needed proof,she had the polaroids.

Whether she filled a destiny or grew into her name, Edith Louise certainly lived as the very definition of blessed beyond measure and a famous warrior whose strength of character was often described as wild anduntamed.

While the family may have collectively let out a breath of relief the day she handed over her car keys it most certainly did not keep Louise still. Be it a social event of cards and cocktails or a milestone celebrationyou better believe come cab, bus or plane she would be in attendance.

While her job may have been to transcribe her husband’s doctor notes, her career was made in having fun. Sun up meant rounds of golf, trips to the winery, a lap or two through the local dress shop and out to thelake where the laws of speed could be ignored and heeding the warning of ‘hang on tight’ was your best insurance for making it back to shore. And not even Clark Kent himself could rival her quick-change beach getup to country club dinner attire.

No stick nor stone ever broke a bone that kept her from cruising, travelling or wintering in Florida and you can call it her persistency - or let’s be frank, her stubborn will - that kept her moving forward becauseshe was sure that if you sat too long you just might not get up again.

Through her unyielding faith she saw this world as her playground and a chance to do good by spreading good. Cookies handed out at the back door to the neighbourhood kids was actually a thing as she lived ina time where you knew your next door neighbour’s neighbouring family and it was common practice to offer a ride to church in the morning.

To know Louise was to love Louise because her laugh was infectious, her energy unmatched as she was usually onto the next best thing when her phone call would abruptly end and her words came sincerely and withouteyes on you she would let you know, “You’re looking good Honey!” And I love you was dispensed in groupings of three.

We will continue to love you and miss you until we meet again Mom, Grandma, Nana, Louise and hear that ever familiar, nearly three syllable, sing song salutation of Heh...ll...ohhh.

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Peggy Golden

February 23, 2021

Paul and I extend our condolences to the James family. Louise was a fixture on Evergreen Beach and we will miss her. Her spirit and enthusiasm will not be forgotten. How she loved to get out into that water!
The residents of Evergreen Beach Association have made a donation to Project Hope Windsor Essex which operates a community food pantry in Harrow and provides food for anyone in need.
Peggy Golden and Paul Anderson

Jim and Joan Curry

February 22, 2021

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
-- An Irish Blessing

Condolences to the James and Kupeyan families.

Sandra Scott-mcKee

February 21, 2021

Louise was generous to a fault with everyone she touched in her life Sharing her smile,gifts to those she knew,and spirit of fun...She had that special quality that made those around her feel special.Miss her with a smile on your face,that would be her wish

Sharon and Ted Whitehouse

February 20, 2021

We send our deepest condolences to the family. Louise was a joy to have met. We only wish we could have seen her more often. She was a good conversationalist and obviously enjoyed it. We feel like we knew her through her daughter Sandra who certainly inherited some good traits from her mother, mostly her outgoing personality and ability to connect with people! How lucky Fred, Susan, and Sandra were to have such a wonderful mother. May their many good memories bring them comfort. May God bless all their families.

Bill Johns

February 20, 2021

Fred, Susan, Sandra and families.

We were saddened to read of your mother passing away.
You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
May fond memories of the times you shared together bring you comfort in the years ahead.

Bill an Mary Johns

Jerome Kopstein

February 20, 2021

Dear Susan and Herman
I am truly sorry for your loss . I was very fond of Louise
as I was of Ken a wonderful colleague and friend.
Sincerely Dr Jerry Kopstein

Debbie Lauzon

February 20, 2021

Fred, Susan, Sandra and families, please accept our sincere condolences on the death of your mom. I have very fond memories of Aunt Louise going back a very long time to those carefree summer days spent out at the lake. Uncle Ken, dad and Mr. Walkerdine would go fishing all day and we would spend the day on the beach and in the water. When they came back from fishing, lines fully loaded with perch, they would clean the fish out back and then your mom along with ours would cook up an amazing platter of perch with all the trimmings. We'd all sit down around the table to a great feast. There was always room for one more.
I'm pretty sure it was your mom who taught me how to water ski, she was very patient while I struggled to get up. Memories too of grandma Digby teaching us to play canasta and long afternoons spent on the front porch playing cards.
Having retired to Essex County we often drive by Evergreen Beach these days and it brings back so many good memories of fun times. Fred was the only boy in a bevvy of girls but that never seemed to bother him, we all had fun together.
I remember your mom as a fun loving aunt, never a cross or mean word to any of us despite how rambunctious we may have been. It's very clear from the beautiful obit that her family meant everything to her and she was so proud of her grandchildren. Take comfort in those memories, they will keep her forever in your hearts.
Debbie and Denis

Kathie Drummond

February 20, 2021

Fred, Suzanne, Susan, Herman, Sandra, Claude and families,

I have such wonderful memories of time spent with “Aunt Lou” over the years. Childhood memories of the cottage are full of fun and mischief. She always welcomed us! She was a bright light and always had a smile. Your loving obit really captured her joie de vivre and spirit. Her legacy will live on in her beautiful family. Sending condolences to all of you.

Love, Kathie

Nancy Shulgan

February 20, 2021

We are saddened with the passing of a warm , pretty, fun loving Aunt and have many memories of fond times spent together with your family.
Our deep condolences to all of her family, we know you have great memories of your Mom and Dad.
Nancy and Ron


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