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James K. (Tareq) Low, 90, of Live Oak, Fla. passed away Mar. 16, 2016, at Haven Hospice in Lake City, Fla. Jim was born in Toronto, Canada, moving to the U.S. with his parents at eight years. At 16, he sailed around the world on ships of the Merchant Marine. At 19, during World War II, he returned to Canada to enlist, joining the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Regiment. Wounded Oct. 1944 at Carpiquet, France, and again in Jul. 1945 at the Leopold Canal on the Belgium-Holland border, he spent several years in military hospitals in England and Canada.
He returned to the U.S. to work at the executive office of Singer Sewing Machines in NYC. Yearning for a warmer climate and fascinated with reptiles, he moved to Florida to work for 3 years for Bill Haast at the Miami Serpentarium. Joining the Physical Oceanography Department at the University of Miami (UM), he traveled the world for another 10 years on oceanographic research ships. Retiring from UM, he founded Tareq and Company to design, manufacture, and sell oceanographic equipment (holding a patent for the BNF-1 Plankton Net Frame) and later expanded into an ornamental fish farm selling colored carp (koi) and fish pond equipment. "Retiring again" in 1995, he moved to Live Oak with his wife, Elaine.
Described as a Renaissance man, he was an inventor, artist and poet; loved history, literature, and music. He respected other cultures and religions, especially enjoying travel and working in the Middle East where he formed many lasting friendships. His sense of humor will long be remembered and he had a heart for all animals - furred, feathered or scaled.
He was preceded in death by his parents Rhea and Kenneth Low, brothers Daniel and John Low, his beloved Doberman, Beau and Macaw, Miguel. He is survived by his wife Elaine Low, Live Oak; his sister Noelle Helf, Sparkill, Ny.; several nieces and nephews; stepdaughter Kathy (Tim) French, Reno, Tx.; stepson Allan (Michelle) Bunce, Ocala, Fla.; and five step-grandchildren.
For years, he volunteered at several north Florida prisons and was a life-long member of the NRA. The family memorial service, officiated by stepdaughter, Rev. Kathy French was held Aug. 23, 2016 with internment following at the National Field of Honour, Pont-Clare, Quebec, Canada.
ICS Cremation & Funeral Home was responsible for all cremation arrangements.
Published on September 28, 2016
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