James was a former employee of Sumitomo in Edmonton.
He is survived by three sons: Johnny Blakley of Tennessee, Nathaniel Blakley of Gamaliel and Chris Blakley of Oklahoma.
Four grandchildren: Brynna Blakley, Noah Blakley, Katherine Kiefel and Bradley Blakley.
Also survived by a special friend Brenda Duncan and several brothers and sisters.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a son Bradley Blakley.
Due to the Covid-19 Virus graveside services will be private.