James Frederick Champion

James Frederick Champion


James Frederick Champion, 69 of New London, passed away on May 10, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Born to the late Frederick Champion and Dorothy Hemming on July 29, 1947. James proudly served in the Royal Navy then off to a career with British Airways as a Flight Engineer.  Jim was an avid reader, and a love for sailing. In the last few years he enjoyed touring the country in his motor home with his wife, Leslie.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife of 23 years, Lara Champion.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Leslie Sessoms Champion; a son, Gareth Champion; a daughter, Tanith Champion both from England; two sisters, Mary Croft and husband John of England, and Margaret Broom and husband John of England; a step daughter, Katie Godin; son-in-law Brett Godin; one grandchild, Blake William Godin from Raleigh; Leslie’s parents Cy and Jane Israel of Aberdeen, N.C; as well as a two nephews and 2 nieces from England.

There will be a memorial service held on Sat. June 3rd at Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen, N.C. At 2 p.m. There will be a reception following the service at Leslie’s parents home at 210 E. Main Street, Aberdeen, N.C.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bethesda Presbyterian Church, music ministry or a charity of your choice.

Carolina Cremation is assisting the Champion family.  Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com

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  1. Nick Croft says:

    Jim was my uncle and he was an inspirational and fantastic uncle to me. I stayed with him a lot when I was younger. Why? I enjoyed his company, he encouraged me to think outside the box, we had very interesting conversations and he would always explain and show me how things worked and often how to fix them when they didn’t. He never once told me I was too young to do something.
    I often with him to British Airways training flight simulators where Jim worked assessing Flight Engineers. I flew several passenger planes after Jim asked his pilot colleagues if his young nephew could fly the simulator. They all agreed and even showed me how to fly the planes. It was great fun as was Jim’s gentle and good natured ‘ribbing’ when I usually crashed on landing. I remember being so pleased with myself on one occasion to have actually landed the plane and not crashed, until Jim, in fits of laughter, just put his hand on my shoulder and said “you have to keep control after landing, the middle of terminal one at Boston Airport is really not recommended for a 747!”
    It was largely Jim’s doing that I decided to pursue a career in engineering before I later left and joined the Police Service. My then girlfriend and now my wife Alison and me would often pop over to see him when I learnt to drive and we stayed with him on quite a few occasions. I loved him, I will miss him hugely and can’t believe at the moment that I’m not going to see him again.
    Rest in peace Jim, you made a difference to my life and those of others around you and we will keep your memory in our hearts forever.

  2. Nancy Arnold says:

    Leslie, I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Jim, other than to speak briefly when you were back for a visit, but I could see he was a wonderful man and that the two of you were very happy. My heart aches for you in your grief. Please know you have good friends and support at Bethesda. We love you.

  3. Nelson and Georgie Blue says:

    Leslie, so sorry to hear about Jim’s death! You and the family are in our prayers! Gods’ blessings for you!!

  4. Linda Rummage says:

    Leslie, I’m so sorry for your lose. The times that I was around Jim he was so nice and we all enjoyed talking to him. You have a lot of friends that love you and will help in any way we can. You’re in our prayers. Linda & Johnnie

  5. Chris Fintzel says:

    My most sincere condolences to Leslie, and all of Jim’s family, at this sad, sad time. Jim was a wonderful and kind man, and he will be missed by all. I regret that my daughters and I will no longer have the pleasure of his company, although we cherish the memories of the times that we have shared. May happy memories bring Peace to all those who will miss him.