“Big” James Mayfield

So Long “Big” James Mayfield
Another Homeless Life Gone, But Not Forgotten

On Saturday night Feb. 4, 2017 a memorial took place for a very well-loved homeless man at the OCTA Fullerton Transportation Center.
Between 60 and 75 people showed their respects to James, many spoke about experiences that they had shared with him. It was a beautiful memorial for a truly wonderful guy that will be sorely missed by the many lives he touched.
In Memory of “Big” James Mayfield
James Mayfield June 4, 1978 – January 30, 2017
There are rare times when you meet a genuinely loving soul who affects you like nothing else. “Big James” was one of those souls. When he hugged you, you knew you were loved and safe. he was gentle and so sweet.
Big James Mayfield passed away in Anaheim, CA on January 30, 2017. He was extremely well loved and the term “gentle giant” was frequently used to describe him.
No matter if it was the Fullerton PD, city residents, the homeless community or his friends; everyone knew James and he resonated with many. That’s a true gift. He was a local favorite in Fullerton with his warm smile and hearty laugh.
James showed us that tenderness is strength, that kindness is powerful, that humanity can be better than we ever imagined, and most of all, that love and compassion are real. For his job, he worked security.He loved his Lakers, hanging out with his friends, and Fullerton.
Recently and poignantly, James was the subject of a painted portrait by renowned artist Wendy Biogiorno. Not only is the painting a true resemblance of his face and body but also his warm spirit and heartfelt nature. Rest in peace Big James. You made the world better for having been here — a unique legacy to which we all strive. Submitted by Curt Johnston

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