It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the sudden passing of our dear friend and colleague, James Duff. James has served tirelessly in roles as Chairman, a Trustee and volunteer for many, many years; his contribution to Catching Lives and to the community has been tremendous and his legacy will live on. James was a deeply loved and adored son, brother, uncle, partner and friend. He was also a trusted and respected colleague. James will always be remembered for his passion, dedication, care and incredibly sarcastic sense of humour. And for always putting the kettle on. His loss is profound. Details of the funeral will be shared in due course. We will love and miss you always James. X
I was shocked to hear the very sad and unexpected news about James. I served as a trustee on the Catching Lives board for almost 10 years some of which as vice chairman. I knew and worked with James for the whole time and kept in touch with him after I stepped down.
James was serving as vice chairman when the chairman resigned leaving James as chairman by default. He didn’t have all the requisite skills or experience at that time, but he had the nous to seek advice and guidance from those people he knew could help him. In no time at all, he learned how to to be an effective and respected chairman which he demonstrated every day. I consider it a privilege to have served Catching Lives alongside James. Like so many others, I shall miss him, not least of all our chats about the woeful english cricket team!