James Offord

  • Born: May 15, 1945
  • Died: March 3, 2014
  • Location: Desert Hot Springs, California

Rose Mortuary & Crematory

66424 Pierson Blvd.
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

rosemortuary@gmail.com
Tel. (760) 251-7673

Tribute & Message From The Family


James A. Offord, known to all as
St. James, or just, Jimmy, passed away
peacefully, on March 3rd, at home, with his
life companion, Judith Chapman, at his side.
A genial host, artist, chef and restaurateur, whose first
eatery, CAFE ST JAMES, successfully opened in 1984.
This was followed by ST. JAMES AT THE VINEYARD, and
THE VINEYARD TUSCAN GRILL. When asked if he
would be opening a place "Down Valley" he would politely grin
and say, "No."
When not holding court behind the bar at one of his restaurants,
the Adventurous St. James loved travelling the world,
bringing exotic artifacts and new taste sensations home
to Palm Springs. Friends of the restaurant were charmed by his
tales of trekking in The Himalaya , and the outrageous costumes
he grandly wore.

James' latest food venture was
JIMMY'S 5 STAR, a line of sauces for the
home cook, based on some of his most popular dishes.
He was particularly proud that his Coachella Valley
company was made available at another local
establishment, ,Jensen's Fine Foods.

Though the lights have dimmed on this Palm Springs Icon,
and his one of a kind restaurants, the memories and laughter
will, ever, live on. One of those rare human beings who was truly loved by all.

Jimmy is survived by his sister, Susie Offord, niece, Allie Fernandez,
Brother Tommy Offord, his wife Carolyn, and Judith.