Fenton, 61, passed away peacefully in his home on July
26,2021. He was born at Kaiser Hospital in Hollywood, California on
September 16, 1959. James was the son of Margorie L. Fenton and James A.
James had a diversified range of work experiences
that centered around architectural design as well as business management to
include 20 years of Property Management. One of James’ early
accomplishments in this area is the development of a residential screening
database and company, Apartment Credit Resources, which still helps
Property Managers create profiles for prospective tenants.
It’s easy to see
how James’ lifelong love of architecture, design, and their elements, along
with his vivid imagination fed his passion for creating some truly
spectacular custom homes. The breadth of experiences James had in his
lifetime certainly transferred over to his design work. He knew what
questions to ask and learned to read between the lines. Each of his custom
designed homes were specific to each individual client’s wishes. While much
of his work centered around residential design, he designed several commercial
projects and helped with the construction management of 2 churches and a
few other business service companies as well.
When I die, give what’s left of me away….
And if you need to cry, cry for your brother walking the street beside you.
And when you need me, put your arms around anyone and give them what you
need to give me. I want to leave you something, something better than words
or sounds. Look for me in the people I’ve known or loved, and if you cannot
give me away, at least let me live in your eyes and not in your mind. You
can love me best by letting hands touch hands, and by letting go of[those]that need to be free.
Love doesn’t die, people do. So, when all that’s left of me is love, give
-from Meditations before Kaddish
James had a successful career in design, some of his most cherished and
fond memories were centered around supporting his good friend, Ron Rose in
West Hollywood, California with his humanitarian efforts to advocate for
gay rights in the 1980s. James was involved in Ron's ‘Being Alive’
gay support group and was a founding participant and contributing organizer
for the first 2 years of The Candlelight Walk for Aids.
Not only did James love designing in his professional career, but he
loved spending his free time designing house boats and creating some truly
spectacular Lego designs. Check the Lego Designs link (coming soon) to see
some of James’ work and dedication!
James wanted to
specially acknowledge a few loved ones. Nothing to share out-loud, but you
each know what you meant to James …
Bonnie Frank, Donna, Joni & Dianna
survived by his mother, Margorie Loraine Fenton; sister, Debby Fenton and
(step) brother, Mitchell James Fenton. He is preceded in death
by his Father, James A. Fenton.
In lieu of
flowers, James asked that you do an unexpected and unsolicited act of
kindness for someone in his name.