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Kevin P. Caulfeild-James, 82

Kevin Patrick Caulfeild-James, 82, of Lancaster, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2009 at the Hamilton Arms Nursing Home.

He was the husband of Dolores A. Hagelgans Caulfeild- James, with whom he celebrated 57 years of marriage this past March 5th. Born in Miri, Borneo, he was the son of the late Paul and  Nilda (Ogle) Caulfeild-James.

Kevin was raised on the island of Singapore until forced to evacuate his home in February 1942 by the approaching Japanese Army. Kevin, his mother, brother Desmond, and sister Patricia spent the remainder of World War II in Nani Tal, India. The family returned to Singapore in 1945 after the war ended, where they were reunited with their father, Paul, who had spent the war in a Japanese internment camp. The family stayed in Singapore until 1948 when they emigrated to the United States and settled in Pueblo, CO.

Kevin had been employed as a chemist for Armstrong World Industries for 40 years.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church , where he served as an usher for over 50 years. He had also served as a Boy Scout leader at Redeemer Lutheran Church, coached soccer, played and coached softball, and was an avid backpacker and fitness enthusiast.

Kevin proudly served in the army of his adopted country and fought in the Korean War.

Most especially, he was a devoted and loving “Pop Pop”.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Kevin Robert married to Joan Caulfeild-James of Willow Street, Jeffrey Paul  married to Susan Caulfeild-James of Pensacola, FL, and Karen Ann married to Stephen Souders of Lancaster. He is also survived by his 6 grandchildren: Ryan, Kevin, Lindsey, Devon, Dustin, and Hayley; his 3 great grandchildren, and his sister, Patricia  married to Kevin McDowell of Texas. He was preceded in death by his brother, Desmond Caulfeild-James.

Friends will be received on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 from 6-8PM at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, 414 E. King St., Lancaster, PA. There will be a receiving time on Wednesday, December 30th from 1030-11AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 440 St. Joseph St., Lancaster, PA 17603, with the Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11AM. Interment in St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Kevin’s memory to St. Joseph Catholic Church. To send an online condolence, please visit www.snyderfuneralhome.com  

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I was saddened to hear of the passing of Kevin. I met Kevin when I came to work for Armstrong in 1969.  To say that he made a day at work "interesting" is an understatement.  He knew how to have fun and make it fun for those around him.  But he also was an excellent chemist and took his work very seriously.  He was a great asset to the Armstrong family and maybe not appreciated as much as he deserved to be.

As a brand new employee I certainly appreciated his willingness to "show me the ropes" and share his work experience.

Kevin was a fine, fine human being and great friend to have (there should be more like him in this world).  I’m proud to have been his friend and co-worker.  He will always be one of the great memories that I have of my years at Armstrong.    

Thanks Kevin,    
Jeff Bowman

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