Obituary: Anthony James

Anthony (Tony) James
(OC 1939-1944)

Born 28 March 1927, died 10 November 2020, aged 93 years old

Tony sadly passed away on 10 November 2020 at the age of 93.

He had a difficult start in life as his mother died when he was five years old and he was brought up by three maiden aunts. His father, a soldier mentally scared by WW1 then played no further part in his life.

At school he was a keen sportsman, played for the 1st rugby team and was part of the Home Guard/Air Training Corp. He studied geology at London University following war service in Ceylon with the Royal Navy.

Tony had a long and successful career as an exploration geologist in the energy sector, which took him and his family around the world living in Iraq, Iran, Libya, Trinidad, The Netherlands, Australia and South Africa.   He relished these overseas assignments, while contributing to the development of oil and gas fields in the Middle East, Trinidad and the North Sea.

In retirement, Tony remained very active, teaching for the OU and U3A and volunteering with the CAB.  He enjoyed gardening, socialising and supporting activities in the village of Ribchester in Lancashire where he spent the last 30 years of his life.

Tony was preceded by his wife, Madge, and he will be sadly missed by his two sons, Richard and Mark and two granddaughters, Helen and Fiona.

He was always very grateful for the opportunities Caterham provided and remained a longstanding foundation member and supporter to the bursary fund.