It is with great sadness that the family of James Edward Andrews age 84 of Fort Frances, Ontario announces his passing on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at his residence.
James was born on Wednesday, July 25, 1928 in Denver, Colorado to the late Thomas and Marguerite Andrew.
During his childhood he attended St. Joseph's School in Denver. He later joined the Navy and served there for 2 years. He received the GI Bill from the Navy which enabled him to further his education. He attended college and receive his MA and BA. His first teaching job was in Hastings, Nebraska and also taught in other schools and states throughout the country. He taught Industrial Arts in Rangley, Colorado where his students won the State and National Award for their work. He also assembled 3-4 small engines that he built from scratch that run. He also made and assembled castings.
Always interested in flying, he took lessons and received his pilots license flying in a little Cub. He then assisted in setting up a flying school in Rangley. He held many different flying jobs over the years and he spoke many times about his experiences while flying in oilmen when he was working in Vernal, Utah. He wrote and published a book on this part of his life.
He landed a job at Flying School at Gateway Technical Centre in Kenosha, Wisconsin where he taught for 14 years. This was when he met his wife Janice. He brought 2 students up to International Falls, MN for training. He came to Fort Frances where he had been many years earlier. He flew back from International Falls to Rangley. He had fallen in love with the beauty of Rainy Lake.
James and Janice were united in marriage on December 30, 1983. They moved to Kenosha for six months and then returned to Int'l Falls in the summer of 1984. In 1987 they bought a house south of Devlin where they spent many happy years. James had many interests, riding his motorcycle, woodworking and metal working, writing poetry, and playing the piano and accordion. Unfortunately, while working in his shop he lost part of 3 fingers on his left hand and was unable to play an instrument after that. Along with Janice, they spent many summers riding the motorcycle across the US, covering many states; Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana and Iowa. James had a special love for the Black Hills and went there every year and had many memories of these trips. He spent many happy hours working in his shop until their lives changed drastically after he had a stroke in January of 2007. He spent many months in rehabilitation. He worked very hard and later was able to walk with a cane. They still went on their summer treks to the Black Hills but now they travelled by car with Janice doing the driving. He always looked forward to these trips from year to year. Our last trip was in the summer of 2012.
He is survived by his wife Janice and stepsons Rick (Kathy), Paul and Ivan, nephews Tom (Renae) David (Ann) and niece Brenda (Jerry) as well as great nieces and nephews. He was especially proud of his great nephew Jason who is a pilot and training to fly leer jets.
He was predeceased by his parents, one sister, aunts and uncles.