Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Remember James Living His Life Well

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Remember James Living His Life Well

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Byline: DAVE ROBSON dave.robson@trinitymirror.com @Daverobson_gaz

AN ADVENTUROUS student with a lust for life and a love of travel has died after having a heart attack in Vietnam.

Popular James McCrae, 26, was enjoying a six-week holiday from his Masters Degree studies in Ningbo, China, when he died from natural causes.

The former Yarm School and Stokesley Sixth Form student, who loved the great outdoors and experiencing the world, died on January 22.

Now, a month on from his death, an emotional service to celebrate his life has heard him described as "an amazing person with a great spirit".

The service, at Kirkleatham Crematorium, Redcar, heard that James was born on November 11, 1991, at James Cook University Hospital to mum Adrienne and dad, the late Charles McCrae.

in postcodes 1NY 1HL 3TE 9HU 6ND He had five brothers, including three from Charles' previous marriage - Robert, John, Andrew, Alex and twin brother Thomas. An active lad who loved sport, outdoor spaces and animals, James's zest for life was infectious.

He was a bright student who won lots of medals for sport, but he also had a "streak of independence" running through him, which could push his teachers' patience to the limit and earned him a "lovable rebel" tag.

After passing A-levels in business studies, sport and history at Stokesley School, James began a degree course in business management at Bolton University.

James But he always yearned for something more - and that free spirit saw him head to Banff in Canada, where he worked in a ski resort hotel.

He then travelled extensively throughout the Far East before continuing his studies at Teesside University, where he gained a 2:1 in sociology and criminology.

A big Boro fan, James continued his travels and amassing experiences, whether it was working on a Lake Windermere cruiser or catching a plane to India and travelling around the sub-continent for four months.

While in India, he fell in love with the country, prompting further visits and even finding work as an extra on a Bollywood film set. He was also invited back to the home of an Indian family to share a meal and ended up moving in for a while, having basically been adopted by them. …

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