James DeCamp Redway, 64, died unexpectedly at home in Middlebury from natural causes on February 7th, 2021. Born on March 18,1956, the son of the late Albert and Eleanor (Nonnie) Redway of Woodbury, he was the husband of the late Elizabeth (Liza) Bean Redway who pre-deceased him just last year. The couple had dated since 1974 and were happily married for 38 years. Jim is survived by their two sons: Christopher Redway and his wife, Sherry, of Cheshire, as well as Jason Redway of Woodbury.
A 1975 graduate of the Westminster School, Jim received his Bachelor of Science degree from Hartwick College in 1979 and worked as a laboratory researcher for NOAA. Jim’s independent work in marine biology led to a peer-reviewed publication in Bios Magazine. Entrepreneurial by nature, Jim launched James Redway Furniture in the early 1980s, which specialized in 18th-century furniture reproductions and other fine handcrafted pieces. His award-winning work was displayed at The Silver Cherry, a fine American crafts shop that he and his wife operated in Woodbury. By the mid-90s, he launched Knightlite Software LLC, which created computer study software for firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics. Jim was a longtime member of the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department, where he formerly served as a fire officer, and EMT.
Forever engaged in one project or venture after another, Jim had many interests and creative outlets which he shared with his beloved wife and partner Liza. They started plants from seed each year for their extensive vegetable garden. Jim enjoyed cooking and developing recipes, which he shared in his Silver Cherry Cookbook. He was particularly fond of carrying on family traditions, which included annual treks to Nantucket, making the most of every Christmas and donning tri-corner hats and firing the family “cannon” on Fourth of July. He also took over, along with his brother, his paternal grandparent’s second home in Stockbridge, MA, which he regularly visited and rented out to vacationers.
In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by his brother Albert S. Redway, III (Tad) and his wife, Stephanie, of Hollis Center, Maine. Had he lived a month longer, Jim would have been a grandfather for the first time.
Due to Covid, burial will be private, with the intent of conducting a Memorial Service later in the year. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim’s name to Samaritan’s Purse.
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