James “Jim” Bernad Lancaster, Jr., 83, of Naples, Florida and Clarksville, Maryland passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 3, 2022. Born in Washington, DC, February 10, 1939, Jim graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1956, Howard University in 1961, and the University of Pittsburgh in 1965. Jim retired from the U.S. Federal Senior Executive Service after 33 years of service. After retiring, he founded the African Literacy, Art and Development Association in 2002 where he served as president. He served on the boards of a number of nonprofits committed to making the world a better place, including Hope for Haiti and the Community Foundation. Jim was known for his kind and generous spirit and his commitment to humanity. He was an avid world traveler, having visited over 100 countries. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Harriet L. Lancaster; daughter, Dr. Duniya R. Lancaster (Tate Jackson); son, Aaron M. Lancaster (Monique Finch and Drina Lancaster) daughter, Dr. Illana Lancaster; grandsons, Joshua M. Lancaster, Aaron J. Lancaster, Arrington J. Lancaster, and Gabriel M. Lancaster-Dixon; and sisters, Maria Lancaster, Valerie Lancaster Beal, Beverly Lancaster, and Diane Sims. Jim’s life will be celebrated from 1:30pm to 3:00pm on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Columbia, Maryland. A second service will be held in December 2022 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples.
Posted online on June 23, 2022
Published in Naples Daily News