~James Dekelver, December 28, 1959 – October 23, 2018~

Suddenly, with all his loved ones by his side, James Dekelver passed away at Bluewater Health on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the age of 58. He leaves behind his life partner Sarah Chartrand. Loving son of Ed Dekelver and the late Joan Dekelver. Fondly remembered by his mother and father-in-law Sheila and Ralph McGrath. Loved brother of Kathryn DeKelver (late Brad) and Tanya (Barry) Barker. Dear brother-in-law of Victoria (Kyle) Artar and John McGrath. Greatly loved and deeply missed by his nieces and nephews Caralee (James), Russell (Meghan), Joshua (Leigh), Sarah, Gavin and Liam, and by his great-nephews Jayden and Callen. James was a volunteer with SMAA Football for 42 years. He sponsored players personally and was a father figure and mentor to kids from all walks of life. He was an avid fan of the Detroit Lions and Michigan football teams. James was a longtime member of Local 663 and previous member of the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club. He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Sunday, October 28, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).