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James Lee "Jim" Windfield, Jr.

James Lee "Jim" Windfield, Jr.
  • February 13, 1952 - September 20, 2018
  • Warren, Michigan
  • Memorial donations are welcomed to;
  • American Diabetes Association
    30200 Telegraph Road, Suite 105
    Bingham Farms, MI 48025

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“Just found out of your passing a few minutes ago. We worked together at Durfee for many years. Although we had many friendly arguments (debates)...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Quincey Price - Southfield, MI

“Uncle Jim will be greatly missed. I will always remember Uncle Jim's kind words and encouragement with teaching. I will keep Aunt Barb and family in...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Patricia Kramer - New Richmond, WI

“Jim will be missed. Always had a smile on his face and a kind word to share. Rest in peace Jim - no more sickness. Love and prayers to the family. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Lori Taylor - Davisburg, MI

“Jimmy was a very kind person and always funny and full of great advice! As a younger cousin we are about 8 years apart, he was always making sure I...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Janet Adamczyk - Livonia, MI


James Lee "Jim" Windfield, Jr., age 66 of Warren, died Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He was born February 13, 1952 in Highland Park, Michigan, son of the late James Lee Sr. and the late Joyce F. (nee: Knight) Windfield.

At the young age of 24, life was just beginning to take off for Jim. And of all that was happening at that point in his journey, none was more special or memorable than the day he invited his bride, Miss Barbara Wais to join him on that journey,…together as husband & wife. So it was that on June 25, 1976, in the sanctuary at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Detroit, that these two lovebirds shared their vows and promised themselves to each other for eternity, a promise they were lovingly keeping until Jim's passing. Following their "I Do's," the newlyweds planted some roots to begin building upon the comforts of home & hearth,...eventually welcomed 3 beautiful boys into their world,…and grew deeper in love with each passing day.

Equipped with the teaching credentials he worked so diligently to obtain, Jim was blessed and honored to accept a position offered,…the start of what would become a long and distinguished career, and the opportunity of helping to mold countless hearts and lives through education and learning. With over 35 years of tenure and a multitude of children who became smarter and wiser through Jim's tutelage, he helped to make a positive impact on the world around him,…one student at a time.

When he was away from the classroom and found some "me time" to enjoy his favorite things to do, the most prominent genre was derived from his love of sports. Now even though Jim lived "in the D" and you'd expect some sort of allegiance to the hometown guys,…for James, not so much. For his football watching experiences, it was all about those dudes from the Sunshine State, the Miami Dolphins. For a little basketball jones, nothing could hold a candle to his guys from the Golden State, the L.A. Lakers. And if he wasn't enjoying the competition on the TV, then you'd often find Jim exercising his wisdom and luck with the fantasy leagues he participated in. One way or the other, Jim had a way of keeping entertained with his sporting pleasures.

Another pastime he so enjoyed is one that incorporated the entire family, and that was his love of travel. From memories that include trips to Traverse City, Manistee, Rose City, Frankenmuth, and traversing the Mighty Mac, these are but a few of the wonderful reflections his loved one's embrace of how special Jim made each and every family vacation.

Jim will also be remembered for his love of music, and his incredible music knowledge and appreciation. He not only enjoyed the sounds and tunes that accompanied his tastes, but he was also quite the lyricist and had an uncanny sense of recall when it came to reciting the same. Just go ahead and quiz him, there wasn't much that Jim didn't know when it came to one of his favorite genres. He remembered all of the oldies, and he knew all of the singers as well Yet it wasn't just about music,…as he was also quite the movie buff as well. And though it's not something you read in many obituaries, but is neither rare nor peculiar,…Jim loved a good thunderstorm. With every crash of thunder and peal of lightning, the sounds would fill his senses like a symphony in the sky.

Yet of all the "favorites" in Jim's life, little could beat his fascination and delight when it came to Halloween. Easily his most desired of all the calendar's events, this modern-day iteration of "All Souls Day" from centuries ago was his time to howl,…and decorate! Again, while joining the throngs of many, Jim always knew how to make it both unique and genuine for all to enjoy.

Known affectionately to many as a "Joker," Jim had an incredible sense of humor that often brought a smile and a chuckle to his audience,…whether it was one person or a crowd. Perhaps this came as the perfect gift for a teacher to possess, but it definitely had its influence on those who regularly shared his company, too. After all, laughter is the best medicine, right? Yet for as funny as he could be, Jim also possessed an amazingly reverent side as well. He was a man of great faith, and wore it with such compassion and humility. He was the kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back,…no questions asked.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, Jim brought an immense amount of joy into a multitude of hearts and souls, yet none-so-much as his precious family's,…especially those most cherished of all, his grandchildren. With every call to his sons, there wasn't a conversation that didn't include the grandfatherly inquiry; "how are the grandkids?" But whether it was Grandpa…Dad…or Honey,…he was revered and respected through each of those nomenclatures, titles he imbued with an honor and grace that made him the person everyone knew him to be. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Jim was the beloved husband of Barbara. Dear father of Scott (Angela) Windfield, James Windfield, and Timothy (Lonnie) Windfield. He was also the loving grandfather of Sasha P., Timothy Jr., Autumn, Cody, Jason, Gabriel, Jamie, Brett, Sarah (Greg), and Sasha A.

Visitation for Jim will be held Wednesday, September 26th from 5-9 pm and Thursday, September 27th from 2-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren.

He will lie in state on Friday from 12:30 pm until the time of his Funeral Service at 1:00 pm at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 23000 Gratiot Avenue in Eastpointe.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the American Diabetes Association, 30200 Telegraph Road, Suite 105, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.

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