James Roebuck

August 10, 2018 6 Condolences Print Obituary

We are sad to announce the passing of James Roebuck. James was born in Ecclesfield, England on November 30, 1931 and passed away on July 24, 2018 at Edmonton General Continuing Care Center after a long battle with Alzheimer's and dementia. Originally trained as a machinist, James served two years in the British military from 1950-1952. He immigrated to Canada in 1954 and made his way to the Edmonton area where he met Laura Bilowus. James and Laura were married in 1956. He was predeceased by his father James, mother Issabela, his two brothers, John and David. James is survived and mourned by his loving wife Laura, daughters Kim, Marisa, Bryn, son James Kevin, many other relatives and friends near and far.

James worked mostly in publicity and public relations and was widely recognized for his writing and editorial expertise which he utilized on behalf of various organizations and publications. He held positions at Inland Cement, the Alberta Publicity Bureau and the Alberta School Trustees' Association. He worked for the Edmonton Journal from 1966-1979 and as the Promotions and Public Relations manager he represented the Journal at many events and conferences throughout North America.  An avid reader, James was very intelligent and could learn how to do almost anything by reading and researching the topic in a book. It was no surprise that he started his own publishing company, Hallamshire Publishers, and the company released several books during its existence.

James had a great sense of humour and devoted his life to working and looking after his family. He enjoyed gardening and going for long walks in his community (just like his father).

A big thank you to all of the staff at both Villa Caritas and Edmonton General for the excellent care provided to James. James did not want to have a service and cremation has taken place in accordance with his wishes.

  1. Dear Kevin and family, deepest condolences on the passing of your father. You are all in our thoughts.

    Alfred, Anna, Ethan, and Avery Mah

  2. I would like to offer condolences from my family and I in the UK, to Aunty Laura, Kim, Marisa, Bryn and James Kevin at this difficult time on the passing of Uncle Jim.
    It was an honour to have known him.

  3. Kevin, We’re thinking of you and have many fond memories of visiting with your Mom & Dad! He was a terrific guy! So sorry for your loss. Stew & Paulette

    • Kevin, you did a good job. You know we are thinking of you and Aunt Laura. Love you

  4. Sincere and heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family of James Roebuck on his passing. I knew Jim when he was the Public Relations and Promotions Manager at the Edmonton Journal. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

  5. Auntie Laura and family, our deepest sympathies for your loss. I know he will be missed by you all. I’m sure you will pull together during these difficult times.

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