Robert James

 Robert Fred James went to be with his Lord on Oct. 31, 2019. He was 85 years old.

  He was born Aug. 8, 1934, in Seattle to Fred and Alberta James. He grew up in Sumas and attended grade school there. He graduated from Nooksack Valley High School in 1952. Upon graduation he received a music scholarship to Western Washington University. He later received a degree in accounting and became a CPA. He was a CPA in Bellingham for 35 years. He was a member of the Washington State Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.

  Robert was also a professional photographer focusing on nature and rural scenes, with publications in many books and magazines and on cards and DVDs. For many years he was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bellingham. He married Jean (Aase) James on March 20, 1953, in Immanuel Lutheran Church of Whatcom County. They had been married 66 years and lived in Bellingham most of their married life. Robert enjoyed hiking, spending time in the mountains, and the outdoors.

  Robert was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jack.

  He is survived by his wife, Jean, of Bellingham; sons Robert A. James (Lynda) and Richard T. James of Bellingham; grandchildren Michael James, Taylor James (Connor Shae), Tim James (Jess), Amy Jackson (Kyle) and Lynette Johnson (Dave); 12 great-grandchildren, all of Bellingham; sister Dolores (Jay) Montero of Pasco; sister-in-law Louise Greer of Bellingham; and numerous cousins.

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  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St., Bellingham.