Philip G. James Jr. died on July 6 in Brandford, Conn. He was 89.
Mr. James was born in Brockton on Oct. 27, 1924. He was a 1942 graduate of Brockton High School and joined the U.S. Navy after graduation.
He was assigned to Martha’s Vineyard during World War II, where he served as a radio operator. During his tour of duty, he met his future wife, Barbara Chapman, who lived in Vineyard Haven.
Mr. James worked at radio station WBET in Brockton early in his career. He was radio technician for the town of Brockton, serving the police and fire departments. He also helped run a family business, Keystone Printing, also in Brockton.
He enjoyed photography and was a ham radio operator for many years. Mr. James also enjoyed family trips cross-country skiing, and visiting his wife’s relatives on the Vineyard for many years. He was predeceased by his wife in 1996.
Mr. James was survived by four sons: Peter James of Stoughton, Stephen James of Brockton, David James of Shawnee, Okla., and Sean James of North Carolina. He was predeceased by a daughter, Paula Aiksnoras.
Calling hours will be held at the Belmont Funeral Home in Colchester, Conn., on Friday, July 11, at 10 a.m., followed by a service at Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Oakdale, Conn. Interment is at the Salem Green Cemetery in Salem, Conn.