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H. James Hemming

November 19, 1925 November 13, 2016
H. James Hemming
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Obituary for H. James Hemming

Jim Hemming was born November 19, 1925 in Royal Oak, MI to Harold and Hilda (Street) Hemming. He graduated in 1943 from the Henry Ford Trade School and Royal Oak High School. Jim served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 during World War II; among his many duties there, he served as a reporter for the Stars & Stripes in the Philippines. Upon his return from service, he attended Hobart College in Geneva, NY. He transferred to Wayne State University in Detroit in 1947 and graduated with a BA in education in 1948. In 1950, he graduated with a master’s degree in history from the University of Michigan.

Jim began his long career as a teacher in 1948 at Brooklands Elementary School in Rochester, MI and taught at many schools in the metro area. He also served as principal at Scotch Elementary School in West Bloomfield and taught at the U.S. Dependence Schools in Germany for a year. He also worked as a draftsman during his summer breaks and worked briefly at General Motors Corp.

He met the love of his life, Catharina Cecilia Helena Veronica Pruyt at a YMCA party in Pontiac, MI in 1953; they married six months later on October 10, 1953 at the stone chapel at St. Hugo of the Hills.

They rented a home in Royal Oak for a year. The couple was ready to leave Royal Oak for Japan in 1954 to teach there, but instead were “blessed” with the birth of Joe in November 1954. They moved to Waterford where they lived for 52 years in the same home. In 1957, they were further blessed by the birth of Carla.

For much of his life, Jim enjoyed several weeks of camping and travel each summer with his family in the United States, Canada and Europe, including a six-month sabbatical to Europe awarded to him as a teacher in the Waterford schools. He retired from his teaching career in 1983.

He spent his retirement years enjoying the company of his family: Son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Betsy Hemming; daughter and son-in-law, Carla and John Temple; his four granddaughters: Erin Hemming, Emily Temple, Kenzie Temple and Caty Hemming; and his sister Sylvia (Richard) Clemence. He also adored his pets, Gigi and Chloe, his two black poodles.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Tini, his parents, and his sisters Mary (Jack) Wallace and Winifred (Edgar) Batchelder.

Visitation will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road, Clawson, MI. The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 (on his birthday) at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 26998 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak, MI. Interment in Acacia Park Cemetery, Beverly Hills.

A luncheon will take place afterwards at Big Rock Chop House, 245 S. Eton St., Birmingham.

Memorials are welcome to The Nature Conservancy and St. John’s Episcopal Church.

The family would like to express our deepest appreciation for the kindness, compassion and love shown by the staff at Sunrise of Bloomfield Hills.


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