James Drury

Obituary of James Victor Drury

In Loving Memory of Mr. James Victor Drury born on April 3, 1933 in Providence, Rhode Island to Mr. James Joseph and Mrs. Florence Marie (Leveille) Drury. He passed on to Heaven's Glory and in Peace with GOD on December 25, 2020 at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas, Nevada. He lived and grew up as a child with his 4-siblings and extended family as he had attended Gilbert Stuart Junior High School and earned a Diploma for his study at St. Mary's School in 1948 in Providence, Rhode Island. He was granted parental permission as he enlisted into the United States Navy on August 25, 1950. He began Military Service in his basic training with Company 279 in Great Lakes, Illinois. They traveled by ship together to many places including Italy and Djibouti, East Africa to perform their Naval duties. Mr. James was Discharged Honorably as an Airman, with a Certificated, "Honest and Faithful Service" on January 29, 1954. He soon moved to reside in Santa Monica, Ca. as a young adult. He settled into employment in civil service as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service in 1960. He received an, "Honorable Service Recognition" as he entered into retirement on August 3, 1990. He entered into Holy Matrimony with his wife from Wilesdon Harlesdon, London England, Mrs. Patricia Mary in May 1969 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They purchased land and a trailer in Dolan Springs Arizona and they moved there to live out their retirement in 1991. They remained happily in love and faithfully married together for 51 years until her time of passing in June, 2020 at age 88. Mr. James was a self taught and quite talented fine Artist along the way. He was quite adept at building miniature model ships, drawing, painting, embroidering, and woodworking. He had great success with what he called, "Yarn Art." He painted beautiful landscape scenes and animals as well. He also enjoyed the outdoors camping with his wife and traveling locally. They both were highly entertained by their visits to the casinos to play the numbers game all of their married life. His most favorite pastimes were leisure reading and avid hand written letters to family and friends for all of his life as first manner of communication. He was a very brave yet quiet, pleasant yet strong, polite yet intelligent man even up until the very end of his time here with us who knew him. He was fiercely independent and autonomous in his way of being. He was a man who maintained the Best Hope, James Victor Drury, Amen. He was preceded in death by his father and mother Mr. and Mrs. James Joseph Drury and by two sister, Mrs. Florence Newton and Mrs. Beverly Ruggiero. He is survived and dearly loved by his three children; Ms. Joan Venezia of Rhode Island, Mr. Victor Drury of Washington and Mrs. Rochelle Holland of Arizona with 6 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren, a brother Mr. Anthony Drury of Massachusetts, a sister Ms. Jean Boutin of North Carolina and a host of nieces and nephews, especially his nephew and wife in Scotland, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Harding, as well as former coworker friends and family from the Post Office and one friend from his neighborhood community in Dolan Springs. We extend our heartfelt gratitude as a family to all of those in the Healthcare Community who provided topnotch dignity and quality of life in the excellent caregiving for my Dad in his health challenges at the final stages and days of his life. John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, "I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die." Mr. and Mrs. James Victor Drury were laid to rest in God’s Peace today at the National Memorial Cemetery in Arizona. If you would like to make a contribution in Dad’s honor you could donate support to the fight to cure cancer and also, support for the Native American tribes of indigenous peoples in our North America. Thank you
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