James, son of Jim and Corry, was a real Keasberry. He had the charisma and recognizable family traits. I know James as a creative artist, a talented singer-guitarist, a passionate medical advisor with an impressive track record and above all a loving and dedicated family man. All the things we admired him for.
James, was my older cousin. He was an important branch in our family tree, abruptly broken. He was a witness of our lives here on earth. Another person gone who remembers our childhood.
Speaking of childhood, I remember the first time I saw James play his guitar, a very long time ago. That was during a performance with sisters Sandra and Esther at our Oma’s (grandma) birthday party in her restaurant in Amsterdam. Then several times in Spain, during the summer vacations at the campsite. James played his guitar and sang, often in the outside restaurant area, surrounded by many fans. In another flashback, I see James at the same campground, this time with a cute blond girl, under a tree, tongue wrestling! I remember thinking: “I’m going to take guitar lessons NOW!”
Yes, James had a warm and magnetic personality. Very supportive towards the people in his immediate environment.
Even though we did not see each other so often in person, we found each other online.
At a later age it became clear to me that we had more things in common, other than our last name. We both worked in our Oma’s and parent’s restaurant. We had a shared pride for our family background; the Neville Keasberry clan, Oma Keasberry and Indonesian food. I am grateful to him for the interest he has shown and the support he has given me in documenting and passing on our family story and our food culture.
James, you left a deep impression. You have touched a lot of people and made a lot of people happy. You left the physical world too early. We take comfort in the fact that your life continues in the memories and hearts of those who have stayed behind. Your legacy, your greatest pride, are your children and grandchildren, the proof of your existence!
Selemat Jalan, dear cousin!
Jeff & the Keasberry’s.