Our dear friend Andy was a confrontational, irreverent and feisty character. We loved him for all these reasons. He often said things we would not dare say – he challenged life – was tremendously good fun and under all these qualities was his truly soft heart. We loved his company and we all four of us Andy, Vicki, John, and Penny had the best times together. He taught us how to appreciate good food – he was a wonderful cook. And the last meal he cooked for us was the ‘best meal I have ever had.” I told him this and I think he enjoyed the compliment. Not showing it too much of course. Being a fellow Broughton I understood him because he reminded me of many in my family – his style of being, his essential integrity and his basic standards were very familiar to me. We shared a common great, great, great grandfather… We will miss him tremendously – we have lost a good friend and we feel nothing will ever be quite the same again. Penny
I first met James, when he joined Carrier Australia, fresh out of the navy. He joined the newly formed Industrial Refrigeration business to work for Ben Adamson, and he was always willing to listen and learn in this weird new world and business. As time sped by James took over the promotion and training for E20-II in Australia, and of course, eventually Asia., and we became firm friends. Eventually James and Vicki moved to Singapore and contact became intermittent, until I too moved to Asia to do Technical training. Whilst the continual travel became very boring for me, James seemed to thrive on it, and I can honestly say that working closely with George and James made the 3 years a truly special time. Whilst we shared many memorable meals in a variety of places, In Shanghai where George thought the Ducks Tongues were Sotong, At the Taj Mahal in India, at Mountain 57, Bangsar Seafood and Various islands around Malaysia and Singapore, I think the one that brings the most delight, (and you must remember James (and George's) fondness for very hot food) was a night in Adelaide, when we found a nice Mexican restaurant. Being Adelaide we thought that the meals would be a bit bland and proceeded to order the very hottest extra chiller sauce to spice things up. To say that this sauce was able to strip the silver plating off the Knives and forks was an understatement, and we barely consumed half a tiny dish of this devilish concoction. I miss you old friend, and wish that I had had one more chance to share a laugh and a quiet J&B and soda To Vicki and the family our thoughts are with you see you in the big bar, James Alan Venn-Brown
My experiences with James began in the late 80's in Singapore, when James took over the E20-11 Software Training / Support project in Asia-Pacific. I can honestly claim "Only Positive" experiences with James: a "damn the torpedoes" character, with ZERO FEAR. Work Energy & Story-Telling Energy were equally-limitless, and he had a wonderful knack for pulling everyone into both his Software and his Stories. In later years, I visited James & Vicki in northern China, where he was managing Carrier's new Refrigeration factory ... a wonderful weekend, beers on the Beach & a round of Dinners & cocktails that seemed endless. We connected most-recently in Bangkok, when James visited 2 days with an Aussie mate: Golf, Endless Stories, & at least one beer. The World is a poorer place today ... but the Glimmer will continue. Missing You, partner !!!
There are so many funny stories I am not sure which one to tell. James and I attended a national sales meeting for Carrier in Vancouver, BC about 15 years ago and decided to go snow skiing up in Whistler. Neither of us had any ski clothes so we wore jeans. It was a fairly warm day but I had not skied much before and Whistler is one of the most advanced ski resorts in the world. Anyway I did OK going in straight lines but had difficulty carving and negotiating the sharp switchback turns so I would go really fast straight then sit or lay back and fall to stop myself when I got to a sharp turn. Then get up straighten myself and go again. A few times I fell forward and it wasn't very graceful. Usually wound up covered in snow and of course my jeans were soaking wet. This repeated most of the day, needless to say James was laughing and giving me a hard time (as only James can do) with the teasing about my "style"! For years after he would describe my skiing to others as "Craig has a very unique way of stopping, he falls forward and carefully places his chin onto the snow and uses it to stop himself". We got lots of laughs from that one for years. Years later I learned to ski pretty well and the skin on my chin finally grew back. There were also numerous visits here to see me in Austin, TX where we usually kayaked, swam at cold Barton Springs and played golf. James lived his life completely and fully, with the pedal to the metal, not cautiously and carefully. Something we should all learn to do more of. I'll miss your friendship James and the hilarious times and the deep intellectual discussions about saving mankind but I know we will ski together again one day and just for the heck of it I'll do a chin plant for you, just for old times sake!!!! RIP my dear friend!!!! Craig Gann Austin, Texas (USA)
In early May, we visited James and Vicki in Peret. James drove as Vicki and I sat in the back occasionally attempting to help. Leaving the train station in Adge, we were looking for signs leading us to Peret. Vicki said "we are going in the wrong direction." James turned to Steve and said "feels right to me." Of course Steve (also a Naval guy) agreed. Miles later we were back at the train station. "Feels right to me" came up on other occasions, bringing a smile to everyone's face. The next time you are unsure of the direction you're heading, just rely on "feels right to me." love, Andrea and Steve CT/USA