February 16, 1940 - July 29, 2007
James L.G. Cam, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 29, 2007. He was 67 years of age.
If a man’s life is measured by the number of people that he touched, then James was one of the largest of men. He was born February 16, 1940 in Davao, Philippines the 6th child in a family that would grow to have twelve children. Just as he was born into the middle of the family, he became the spiritual center and guide for the siblings. James was gifted with faith, intelligence, and a wry sense of humor that would often leave his siblings grimacing as much as laughing. He used all of his gifts to show his deep love for his parents, siblings, and those around him.
His dedication to education led him to study at Ateneo de Davao. Afterwards, he took his love of science, healing, and people and studied medicine at UERM Medical University in Manila, Philippines. It was there that he would meet his lifelong companion, the love of his life, in the young nurse, Teresita Cueto (affectionately known as Tessie). On August 17, 1968 James married Tessie in Manila.
In a life filled with sacrifice and love, James and Tessie left their families and the Philippines and continued his path as a healer to America. They moved to Youngstown, Ohio where he was a resident in internal medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital until 1972. It was there that they were blessed with the beginnings of their own family. They had two children – Jennifer and Kenneth. Although they had originally planned to return to the Philippines in four years, the need for doctors in America was too great for James to ignore. James took a position in Minneapolis at Glenwood Hills Hospital and had another daughter, Joanne. After one ice-filled winter, James and his new family decided to escape the cold. They moved south to the warmer weather in West Texas and established his private practice in Monahans. While there, their last child, Judy, was born. It was in Monahans that James’ love and faith had a major impact on those around him. James was a compassionate and untiring doctor to the community. He was instrumental in building the Ward County Hospital and recruiting other physicians to practice there. After 13 years he decided to move so that his children could attend schools in Seattle, Washington.
After moving to Seattle, he made a great sacrifice for his family and returned to Texas to establish a successful private practice in Pecos, TX while his children continued their education in Washington. While there, he was once again involved in revitalizing the local hospital, Reeves County Hospital, by recruiting several new physicians to the area. An article from the local newspaper wrote, ''When Dr. Cam joined our hospital everyone thought of him as a saviour because he would definitely help us attract patients and was interested in helping us bring more doctors.'' He was dearly loved by the community that he served and was awarded the key to the city when he retired after 12 years in practice, and a total of 30 years as a practicing physician.
Throughout the years, James taught us through his dedication to education and excellence, his funny and joking demeanor, and his strict but loving parenting. Above all, he led by example in his honesty in life, passionate devotion to Christ, the Mother Mary, and the Catholic church, his unwavering dedication to helping others, and his thoughtful attention to the health of his family.
The lives he saved, the people he healed, and the family he loved will always remember him dearly.
James is survived by his wife, Tessie, his four children and their loved ones – Jennifer and Matt Ligot, Kenneth and Vicki Cruz, Joanne and Shelton Tang and Judy and Jerry Nguyen. He was blessed with 5 grandchildren – Logan, Taryn, Trevor, Ryan and Julia. He will be missed by his surviving 10 brothers and sisters scattered between the Philippines, South Korea, Canada, and U.S. A memorial and viewing will take place 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, August 2nd at Flintoft’s Funeral Home. An additional viewing will take place 10 a.m., Friday August 3rd at St. Louise de Marillac Church in Bellevue prior to the funeral service. The funeral mass and service will take place 11 a.m., Friday, August 3rd at St. Louise de Marillac Church in Bellevue. The internment will follow at Upper Hillside cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance Network (www.pancan.org) or the Eternal World Television Network (www.ewtn.com).
To celebrate James’ life, please leave your own personal memories and messages in the online guestbook.