LISTENING – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski listens in the audience as she's introduced during Wednesday's Sitka Chamber of Commerce meeting at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Murkowski and members of her staff spent the day in Sitka visiting with constituents. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Robert Allen James Dies; Navy Veteran was Age 81

Robert Allen James

    Robert Allen “Ballard Bob” James passed away on Jan. 9, 2020, at the Sitka Pioneers Home. He was 81.
He was born at St. Ann’s Hospital in Juneau on Aug. 30, 1938, to John and Mary “Amy” Takesado James. He attended school in Juneau until September 1952 when his family moved to Seattle.
He attended Ballard High School in Seattle, and in 1959 enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served for four years.
Afterward, he returned to Washington state where he worked for many years as an electrician. After his father died he and his mother came to Sitka, in 1995. His mother died at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital on Nov. 17, 2015, at age 97.
He is survived by his brothers, Gerald James of Seattle and Ronald James of Sitka; nephews Brian James, Donald James, Seattle; niece Berta David of Sitka; aunts Maggie Verney and Helen Mercado, both of Sitka; and uncle Ed Mercado of Seattle.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Mary “Amy” and John R. James; his beloved grandmother Jennie Mercado, grandfather Mack Mercado, sister-in-law Esther James, and nephew Douglas James.
Those wishing to communicate with  the family can contact Ronald James, 447 Verstovia St., Sitka, AK 99835.
The family thanked the Sitka Pioneers Home; Prewitt Funeral Home “for everything”; and those who attended the celebration of his life.
Per his wishes, Bob’s ashes will be spread in Seattle.

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