James Lancaster passed into eternal rest at Falmouth Hospital on April 5th after a long and courageous battle against cancer. Born in Memphis, TN and raised in Old Saybrook, CT, he was a 1959 graduate of Old Saybrook High School. He enlisted in the US Air Force with excitement and anticipation of seeing the world. After graduation from basic training he was stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in exotic New Jersey where he served for four years. At the end of his enlistment, James was honorably discharged and returned to Connecticut where he served his hometown as a police officer. Later, after moving to New York City to work in corporate security, James met his wife of 43 years, Barbara (Bailey) Lancaster. Even though he was late for their first date, within months she had fallen for his charms and accepted his proposal. They were married on November 10, 1973. A few years later, the happy couple moved to Massachusetts eventually landing in Falmouth, the town they called home for the rest of his life.
Throughout his decades in Falmouth, James served the community in many ways: as the Falmouth Town Clerk/Treasurer, as a member of Town Meeting, as a volunteer for the Good Samaritans, as a CCD instructor at St. Patrick’s Church, as a member of the Knights of Columbus, and with the Falmouth Rotary Club, where he served a term as chapter President after years of service. Even while serving in these roles and raising a family, James was a successful small business owner and completed his Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature from UMASS Dartmouth in 1996. As busy as all this kept him, his number one priority was his wife and three children. He was always there to be a mentor, role model, friend, and occasional chauffeur.
James leaves behind his wife Barbara of Falmouth, his children Craig and Kate Lancaster of Mansfield, MA, Scott and Becky Lancaster of Goffstown, NH, and Heather Lancaster and Conrad Troha of Palm Coast, FL. He also leaves 5 grandchildren who were the light of his life for the last 18 years.
His wake will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, April 10th at Chapman Cole and Gleason, 475 Main Street in Falmouth. His funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11th at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street, Falmouth, followed by interment at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the Lewy-Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047 (www.lbda.org) or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 (www.cancer.org).