Albert James "Jim" Oxenham passed away December 13, 2015, at Mansfield Place in Essex Junction under his own terms.
Jim was born the only child of Albert and Joan Oxenham on June 20, 1935. He was a 1957 graduate of Rutgers University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business marketing. Thereafter, Jim joined the Burlington Hosiery and Apparel Company of New York City as a manufacturers representative and managed major retail accounts in New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and New York City.
On weekends and vacations Jim would fly his plane to Stowe, where he fell in love with all that Vermont had to offer. In later years, he moved full time to Stowe and enjoyed skiing the mountains and boating on Lake Champlain. He also enjoyed off-road motorcycle racing, but Jim's pride and joy was his 1962 classic wooden Chris Craft 28-foot skiff "boat." He spent his free time keeping her in pristine shape to enjoy sunset cruises on Lake Champlain.
After retirement from his job in New York, Jim put his professional experience to work in positions closer to home in the automobile sales departments of local dealerships, where he excelled in customer satisfaction. He earned a reputation as a straight shooter and an easy approach to automobile sales.
Jim will be missed by the many friends who were fortunate to have him in his company, especially around the holidays when he was always willing to share stories of his exploits as a younger man, like the time he and a friend flew Jim's plane from Florida to Cuba, where they were greeted by the Cuban Air Force.
Jim's friends would like to thank Mansfield Place for their kindness and care during his stay. No memorial service is scheduled at this time. Arrangements are under the care of LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Condolences may be shared with the family at lavignefuneralhome.com.