"If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you. When mountains crumble to the sea, there will still be you and me."
James Person, 26, loving husband of Maria Person, said goodbye to his family and friends on July 25, 2013. A genuine, honest and respectful man, James had an enduring and powerful love for both his family and friends. Above all, James cherished his wife Maria, who was his heart, soul and pillar of strength.
You could often find James riding around Tupper Lake in his big red truck with his buddy Gunner sitting by his side, listening to AC/DC or Skynyrd. A true Adirondack renegade, James loved to hunt (even if it was out of season) and fish. Deer were never safe if James was out and about with his rifle. A love of sports was something James shared with his Pops, who is now right by his side. His love for his hometown of Tupper Lake was as strong as its love for him.
James was both respectful and helpful to anyone he encountered. With a smile that was truly contagious and a sense of humor to match, James brought an eruption of laughter to any room, no matter the situation. For his best friends, he was also the one who relentlessly zoo'd everyone. (You all know who you are.) With those friends he shared a love and a passion for carpentry and hard work. James was always so grateful to be able to have a job he loved and to work with his best friends each and every day. He enjoyed drinking Budweiser and going to camp with the boys.
James leaves his memories behind for his friends and family: wife Maria, mother Ellen, fathers Peter and Dick, sisters Lindsey, Tiffany and Alexis, brother Tyler, nieces Madison and Emma, nephews Lucas and Wyatt, grandmother Jackie, aunt Vivian, cousins Brandon and Nicholas, mother in-law Tammy, father in-law Elias, brothers-in-law Matt, Dan and Nicholas, and his little buddy LeLe B.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Alphonsus Church in Tupper Lake. Friends wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, 237 East Ave., Burlington, VT, or the North Country Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 104, Cadyville, NY 12918. Online condolences may be made at www.stuartfortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.