Peter James Obituary

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PETER FRANCIS JAMES

ST IVES CORNWALL

1935-2017

It is with deep regret that I have to report the passing of Peter James,
a long standing member of the Cornish Border Club.
Peter came into the Border fancy in the late 1970’s as a novice member.
He always kept a large stud of birds.
Peter being a fisherman working his own boat, was away at sea for many hours at a time, his lifelong wife Elizabeth taking over the management and feeding of his birds.
In his early years of breeding and exhibiting he was taken under the wing of the late Frank Tamblyn of Newquay, which greatly raised the standard of his stud of birds
Peter was a Cornishman born and bred, and always flew the flag for Cornwall always entering a large team of birds in support of the Cornish clubs.
Personally I held Peter as a great friend in the fancy and together we travelled many miles together up and down the country to judge at Specialist Border shows.
In the last two or three years Peter suffered in poor health, and finally had to give up his birds.
His thoughts were still with the Border Fancy, always on the phone asking who had won what where and what with.
On behalf of the Cornish Border Club, and the Fancy itself, I offer our condolences to his wife Elizabeth and family

Colin Pearce
President of the Cornish Border

I received the sad news this morning that a friend of many years Peter had passed away . Peter had been a member of the Cornish All Border for many years and at this years Annual General Meeting this year, he was made a life member together with his loyal wife Elizabeth . Although he was not in good health they both attended the meeting and he stated that he was a very proud man to be given the honour along with his wife Elizabeth. It is a massive blow to the Cornish club as they all new that Peter was ALWAYS available to carry out a duty.

Due to his health problems he was forced to give up the hobby he loved for all those years. I always made an annual visit to St Ives to see Peter and Elizabeth and spent many hours enjoying the beautiful countryside and finishing the day with an evening meal. He was a great border man and during his lifetime he won virtually all the shows in the Cornish area but there was one that eluded him and that was to win the CORNISH ALL BORDER.

Peter was born and bred in Cornwall and during his lifetime he was a farmer , building contractor and lastly a fisherman . In the village he was well known as Peter the fisherman . He had his own boat SSA7 which always looked supreme in the St Ives Harbour. At the end of a hard days fishing he always delivered some fish for the poor people of the area.
Peter was a true Christian and many people are going to miss his love and kindness throughout the village. He was very well known to most of the community and during the many times we were together we always were surrounded with people he knew especially in the fishing industry.

Peter loved his borders but they would NEVER COME BETWEEN him and his Church where he was a faithful member. He would never show his birds on a Sunday, as he insisted that was the LORDS DAY. He kept to his views throughout his life .He would have been more successful if he would have shown his birds at the two day events, but his principles were followed to the book.

He is going to be missed by all forms of organisations for his kindness and always willing to help people in need. I,m sure that many fanciers in Wales will miss his jovial attitudes when judging at the major shows but would always make his way home for the Sunday . I can assure everyone associated with Border Canaries that his passing will have an affect on the shows in the locality.

Myself and Val are going to miss him after a life times friendship which was always an enjoyment meeting Peter and Elizabeth when we made that annual trip to St Ives. He was a very honest person and always willing to help others. He was a friend for life, who gave his whole hearted support to the hobby, our hobby has lost a very special person

Our condolences go to Elizabeth for her love and loyalty all those wonderful years.

Rest in peace my friend

Graham Pearce
Publicity officer West Wales Border Club