July 28, 1950 ~ March 14, 2004

Born in: Baltimore, MD,
Resided in: Arden, NC

Arden ~ James Patrick Oswald, 53, of 166 Avery's Creek Road, died March 14, 2004 at his residence. A native of Baltimore, MD, Mr. Oswald was the son of the late Frances and Ruth Gorman Petrosky Oswald and was also preceded n death by a stepson, Brian Creason, who died in 1982 and more recently, a sister, Betty Kordell. Jim was a man of many talents and wore numerous hats over his lifetime. His favorite, his last, was being the horticulturist for Crowfields Community in Asheville. He was not only devoted to his profession, he loved connecting people with the natural forces around them and took every opportunity to point out the cycle of life and interconnection of everything that grows. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Lorraine James Oswald of Arden; a daughter, Amelia Oswald of Wilmington, NC; a son, Alan Creason of Raleigh; three sisters, Ann Ducote of Bowie, MD, Mary Ekstrom of Fargo, NC and Elizabeth Pollack of Baltimore, MD; two brothers, John Oswald of Bradford, NY and Joe Oswald of Watkins Glen, NY. The family will recieve friends Wednesday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 5:00 PM at Crowfields. Memorials may be made to Mountain Area Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813 or to Habitat for Humanity, 30 Meadow Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

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  1. We will certainly miss Jim. He loved his work and spent many long hours with us. His dedication can not be measured in hours.

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  2. No one loved nature more, nor worked harder and with more love than Jim. At Crowfields we will sorely miss him. Thankfully, in its own way every plant maintains a memorial to him.

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  3. No one loved nature more, nor worked harder and with more love than Jim. At Crowfields we will sorely miss him. Thankfully, in its own way every plant maintains a memorial to him.

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  4. Lorraine, Alan, Amelia and all family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    John and Dannie Brown

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  5. To Alan and his family, I’m sorry to here of your loss, may GOD ontinue to bless you and your family in this time of sadness.

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  6. Lore,Alan and Amelia. To you Jim’s immediate family and all of his siblings. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.
    Love Jack & Edith

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  7. You know that as much as we love the ones we have lost they are together in heaven and will always look after us. I said recently after the death of my mom, Betty, Jim’s big sister, on 1/29/04 that if we had the choice of having mom here and in pain or in heaven with love waiting for them I choose for them to be together in heaven I feel so much peace knowing she and Jim and so many others are having the biggest and best family reunion ever.

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