James E. Royle, 79, of Kenneth City died January 13, 2018. Survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Judy, children, Kathleen Turner, Jacqueline (Michael) Prince, John (Ric) Royle, and Kelly (Marius) Moore, grandfather to Matthew, Michael, Devon, Danielle, Ethan, and Valerie, nine great grandchildren, one niece, and three nephews. Predeceased by his parents Earl and Mary, two brothers, Edward and William, son, James P., and great-granddaughter, Miyanah.
Jim was born in Utica, New York on February 4, 1938. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Utica College and was a lifelong educator teaching history, government, and economics. He taught for 17 years in upstate NY at New York Mills High School before moving to Florida in 1978. He brought his passion for teaching and Catholic education to St. Petersburg Catholic High School (SPCHS) in 1981 where he taught until his retirement. While at SPCHS he started a Junior Achievement program and through an international exchange program went to Russia in December 1991.
He loved watching football, especially cheering on his grandchildren when they played for SPCHS. He was an avid supporter of Notre Dame Football and was thrilled when he could go to South Bend, Indiana for a game. In addition to football he enjoyed traveling and supported several student trips to Europe. Jim never knew a stranger and loved to share stories from his travels and years of teaching.
Viewing January 19, 2018 4-8 pm Brett Funeral Home, St. Petersburg. Catholic Services at St. Jude’s Chapel 5815 5th Ave. North, St. Petersburg January 20, 2018 10 am. In lieu of flowers donations can be in Jim’s memory to the Wounded Warriors Project https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org or St. Petersburg Catholic High School Scholarship Fund.