in 1879 aged 54 his wife suddenly passed away. Within twelve months James had remarried, to widow Tabitha Jane Burden at Node Hill's Congregational Church. In the same year he retired from the fire brigade and the couple relocated to 127 Trafalgar Road with Tabitha's 8-year-old daughter Matilda. James, who had been a carpenter, was by then employed as a builders foreman by the Royal Brewery.
The 1911 census, taken just days before his death, records James and Tabitha living with a 43-year-old niece Phoebe Newman at Fernbank, Broadlands, Fairlee Road.
James had been unwell for a protracted period prior to his death of 27 April 1911 and was warmly eulogised in the County Press for being a highly esteemed townsman.
Rest in peace Supt. Reynolds.