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“Time passes far too quickly! We'll be getting together with Judith shortly and promise not to forget to raise our glasses in your honor. The laughs...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Dennis Sperat - Palm Desert, CA

“My dear friend, I think of you often, and the memories that we've shared. I know it's like that with all who knew you. We all have our moments and...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Larry Blaylock - Fairfax, CA

“Oh my friend, another year has passed. You are as loved today as when we could see your sweet face. And I miss you. ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Babs Murray-Ure - Asheville, NC

“James, our thoughts are still with you. We have been thinking about you this past week and will be getting together with a few of those closest to...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Dennis Sperat - Palm Desert, CA

“I look at your picture and I die. You are such a beautiful spirit and your smile still lights up the room. ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Babs - Asheville, NC - Friend

“James, we toasted you on this very day one week ago. Your name crops up regularly in conversations with mutual friends as we continue to miss you. ...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Dennis Sperat - Palm Desert, CA

“Jimmy, it has been a year since you "grew old"" as you told me and then you followed your path til the end. I know every step on that journey was...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Babs - Asheville, NC

“Will ALWAYS remember the wonderful times at St.James made even more special by thr special magic of Jimmy. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Nelson Hower - Venice, CA - Fan

“A day hasn't gone by that my memories of you have not flooded my mind. Although we had spent long hours together for several years during the...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Dennis Sperat - Upland, CA

“James.... We shared many beautiful memories together and every year celebrated our birthdays together. I know you're in Heaven with Jesus so you are...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Gale Stuart - Palm Springs, CA

“So sad about your passing. I enjoyed you and your beautiful and eclectic restaurant over the years very much. Your artistic talents were reflected...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Katherine Petersen - Palm Springs, CA

“Jimmy, sweet, sweet one. The wonderful memories of our times together will remain in my heart. You are one of the brightest new stars in God's heaven...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Babs Murray-Ure - fairview, NC

“ There's a special place in my heart for you James, your giving, sharing,laughter and generosity, was there ,for all that knew you. You definitely...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Larry "Gas" Blaylock - Fairfax, CA

“Judy, our entire family is sorely sorry for the passing of James.He was truly a really, really good guy. I enjoyed being around him. We love you and...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: buddy cubitt - Spartanburg, SC

“James was always his own person. He was a master of making people come together. His smile and laughter lit up the room. He will be missed! May you...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Cheryl Davis - Henderson, NV


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.