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ST. JAMES, Emile Juan Died on Friday, April 14th, after a long period of declining health at his home at Wingate in Norton, surrounded by his loving family and caregivers. Juan was born on May 6, 1923 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. He was the son of Emilio Juan Sanjaume and Julietta Lopez Sanjaume. After the death of his mother, when he was 6, Juan was raised by his beloved grandmother, Adela Lopez, in Puerto Rico and New York City. He then lived with his uncle, Eddie, and aunt, Yini Munet, in New York City and his aunt, Jane, an uncle, Henry Lopez in New Hampshire. Juan was class president of George Washington High School in New York City, where he was a classmate of Henry Kissinger. He matriculated at New York University, but left college early to join the US Army Air Corp during WW II. Lieutenant St. James proudly served as navigator on a B-17 in the 2nd Bomb Group of the 15th Airforce in North Africa and Italy. On a bombing raid over Berlin, his plane was shot down, and he crash landed in Lodz in Russian-occupie Poland. He was reported missing in action, and it took months for the crew to make their way home. Juan earned the Air Medal for bravery. After the war, Juan completed his education at NYU, and became an international business executive for North & Judd Manufacturing Company, working in their New York City office and living in Wantagh, Long Island, NY. In 1960, he moved to Southington, CT to work at corporate headquarters in New Britain, CT. He spent 4 months each year travelling the world selling marine hardware, buckles and snaps. He had many interesting travel stories, including drinking with Ernest Hemmingway in Havana, Cuba, sailing with Walter Cronkite in the Caribbean, and having his car hijacked by federal troops in pursuit of revolutionaries in the mountains of Columbia. Juan moved his family to Medfield, MA in 1977, and worked for various companies until his retirement. Juan was married to Arlyn Langley, of North Smithfield, RI, from 1944, until her death in 1982, and had two sons: Derrol and Dana. Juan was married to Marie Blondiau Robertshaw West, from 1986 until her death in 2003. He is survived by his loving fianc?e, Noreen Chilson of Attleboro. He was predeceased by his son, Derrol St. James of Attleboro. He is survived by his son, Dana St. James and his wife, Eileen of Mansfield and by his beloved grandchildren, Andrew St. James and his fianc?e, Rebecca Buckler, of Philadelphia, Kyle St. James of Boston, and Julianna and Theresa St. James, both of Mansfield. Funeral Mass at St. Mary's Church, 330 Pratt Street (Rt. 106), Mansfield on Thursday, April 20th at 10 am. Burial will be held at Fairview Cemetery, New Britton, CT. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Callling hours will be held at the Bolea-Amici Funeral Home, 115 N. Main St., MANSFIELD on Wednesday, April 19 from 5-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Compassionate Care Hospice of Massachusetts, 174 Dean St., Taunton, MA 02780.
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