Celebrating the life of David James


Staff Writer

Friends of late IUSB student and publications editor David James will hold a “celebration of life” memorial from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at St. Patrick’s Parish Center. Afterwards, the celebration will continue at Fiddler’s Hearth, according to the Daily Titan email bulletin.

James, who, on Jan. 20, passed at age 71, was a passionate and integral figure in the community’s Irish music scene, an activist who, according to the South Bend Tribune, had in recent years “been involved in labor issues, the Civil Rights Heritage Center and the local LGBTQ community, and ran for the South Bend school board in 2016.”

James had received awards for his work with music as well as his artwork, with a Master Folk Fellowship award in 1990 from the Indiana Arts Commission, and an Individual Artist Award in 2000.

James was also a proud IU South Bend graduate, earning his master’s degree in liberal studies in 2009. He worked at IU South Bend’s Wolfson Press since that time as associate editor.

The musician, scholar, personality and activist will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Parish in South Bend, followed by a gathering at Fiddler’s Hearth at 127 N. Main Street in South Bend. Fiddler’s Hearth is home to much of the Celtic music scene in the South Bend area, and there will be opportunities to speak about James and play music in his honor.

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