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James L. Townsend

October 4, 1998 - January 10, 2020

Life Legacy

James Lawrence Townsend, 21, of San Ramon, passed away on Friday, January 10th, 2020, at home. Born in San Francisco on October 4th, 1998, he is survived by his parents, Martin and Penny Townsend, his maternal grandparents Kenneth and Ivy Lawrence, as well as his Aunts and Uncles Philippa and Barry Watkins, Pippa Townsend, Nicola Townsend and Simon Townsend. He is predeceased by paternal grandparents Chris and Audrey Townsend as well as his Aunt Angela Townsend.

James was in his 3rd and final year at the University of Nottingham where he was studying Computer Science.

James was a highly accomplished student who graduated from California High School in San Ramon, who also excelled in advanced placement classes and received other scholastic awards. He relished good books, enjoying audiobooks and paperbacks with the same zeal. When not gaming, hiking, swimming or working out, James could always be found in the company of his dogs, Sid and Chloe, who brought him profound happiness.

James' life and all the happiness that he brought into this world will be celebrated at 1 pm on Saturday, January 18th, 2020, at Crosswinds Church, 1660 Freisman Road, Livermore CA 94560 with Pastor Roger Valci officiating. During the service, you will have an opportunity to share a memory of James.

Grissom's Funeral Home is providing service to the family. Memorial messages may be sent to In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation,, whose unique mission is "People Rescuing Animals…Animals Rescuing People."

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