Irene Guerra-Vazquez W'69
James and I were best friends when we started attending RHS in
1967. We both had Ronald Kendrick as our English teacher. I
remember how terrific James was on the football team. Sometimes he
would catch the ball from a kickoff in our endzone and run it all
the way back through all the opposing team players for a
touchdown. And he did this several times in the 3 years he played
at Roosevelt. I remember how he fired me up as I was the drummajor
for the marching band at RHS under Ed Hosharian and how we loved
planning those spectacular half time shows at the
Roosevelt/Garfield games. I am truly going to miss James but I AM
SO GLAD TO HEAR he was walking with the Lord as I am also. God
bless him and all he left behind. Please keep me posted as to the
funeral arrangements. Thanks.
Joe L. Sandoval
aka "The Commissioner"
RHS Marching Band Drummajor
I will always remember James and Ross for being helpful when I got
into a scuffle at Hazard Park one day. James and Ross came
to my defense from some gang fellows that were trying to hassle
Hi Irene, I don't know if you remember me, Josie Estrada
(Aguilera). I too was saddened to hear about James. He and I were
good friends back in school. We were king and queen at the prom! I
wish I had been in touch with him during the years. I pretty much
lost touch from everyone. Anyway, I would really like to get
information on his services.
I am deeply saddened by our loss of this wonderful man and Ross.
Believe it or not they were gentlemen when it came to women in
school and very protective. James saved me from a gang
member one day when I was on my way home. He roughed that
guy so bad that the word got out that if I was "messed" with, they
would have to answer to him and Ross. He called me sister
because he called Steve brother. He kept telling that guy,
"You mess with my sister, you mess with me!"
I shall never forget his kindness and nobleness. We shall
miss him terribly. Thank you Irene for giving me this news.
I loved him as a brother. Please send this little story to
his family. Also, please send me the particulars in regards
to his funeral.
My condolences go out to James and his family and friends. James
was a great guy. I will always remember him fondly. My brother,
Henry Fey, played at Roosevelt from '66-'68 and was a friend of
James and many of the other players. As Henry's little brother ( I
was eleven years old at the time), Roosevelt was my world, I
practically lived there, playing, riding my bike and watching the
football team practice on almost a daily basis. In the 1969
season, I was the "waterboy" for the team. It was awesome ! ... At
that time, my childhood dream was to grow up and play football for
I loved Roosevelt football and everything about it. I knew all the
coaches and idolized the players, from Ray Rodriquez, Esparza,
Orona, Ross Roberts, Hudson, Armando Jimenez, even big Howard Ng !
Coach Mclain was "cool" too, in his own "General Patton" kind of
way. As far as the players, they were all like great gladiators to
me. However, the one guy that was special, was James Roberts. He
used to call me "little Fey". He knew I was Henry's little brother
and he treated me with kindness and attention.
I really looked up to James. Sometimes, after football practice,
I'd run into James at the corner market (Mott and 4th street).
James would be drinking a soda and we'd talk for a little bit,
which to me, was really cool. James sure made me feel special and
he instilled in me a pride and deep love for Roosevelt. I've never
forgotten him; just the way I will never forget my brother Henry,
who passed away in 1997 and whom we will always miss.