I've posted some rememberences on Father James at http://www.worrygeek.com/rememberences-of-father-james/
Father James had interesting ideas of "retirement". He did more in his retirement than many priests do in their lifetime. I've known Father James my entire life as an Orthodox Christian (even now I have trouble using the past tense about him, he was so vital) and even I was surprised since I hadn't been to Saint Sophia's since they built their new sanctuary. For a "retirement project", they have a pretty good sized adobe/mission style sanctuary done in a cross pattern complete with icons/iconostas/etc.
He founded numerous missions, including assisting in founding 1 OCA mission, assisting the local ethiopian mission, churches in Florida, NJ, and all over Texas. I don't remember the exact date of his ordination, but it was the late 60's making him the senior priest in the diocese, hence his place at Bishop Basil's left. Bishop Basil spoke very movingly of the loss that we all felt, but also the comfort we could take as he described the traditional understanding of the soul's journey after death. He reminded us that as Father James guided us and led us to salvation in life, it was now our duty as his spiritual children to live lives worthy to be his defense at the dread judgement seat of Christ, as he had long ago accepted responsibility for our souls.
I believe I counted 20 priests, 5 deacons, numerous subdeacons serving. He would have loved it. All who knew Father James knew he did love ceremony.
As you pray now for the repose of Father James' soul, please also remember his Khouriya Anne. His untimely passing has caused her great pain, and as the Mother of God and the people of St. Sophia and her family work to support, please also support her with your prayers.