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JAMES, David

Born: 1933 10 21
Died: 2019 04 22


DipArch 1964 (Witwatersrand)


It is with great sadness that I inform the Institute of the passing, on Monday 22nd of April, of David James, retired Architect (DC JAMES ARCHITECTS, Durban).

David (born 1933) grew up in the Transvaal [Gauteng], qualified at Wits and moved to Durban in the mid-60s with his wife, Anne. He practised mainly as a sole practitioner, designing the Westville Central library (a beautiful, light-filled space nestled in trees) and many schools for the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

But let the sadness not detract from the inspiration of a life well-lived. Davey James acted from the heart, had a huge zest for life, told stories with great humour (mainly of sailing adventures and the challenges of architectural practice), sang songs and worked hard.

He died, after a relatively short battle with lung cancer, in Westville with his beloved Anne at his side. His inimitable spirit lives on through his 2 daughters, Sarah and Megan, and his eight grandchildren.

(Submitted by William MARTINSON)