James R. Champagne, program manager for Sabel Systems Technology Solutions LLC, dies – Baltimore Sun

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James R. Champagne, who worked in information technology for four decades and was a program manager for Sabel Systems Technology Solutions LLC, died Aug. 30 of cardiac arrest at St. Joseph University Medical Center. of Maryland. The Ruxton resident was 69.

James Russell Champagne, son of Marcel Champagne, a farmer and carpenter, and Jeanne Meunier Champagne, was born in Brockton, Massachusetts. He grew up on the family farm in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

Mr. Champagne was a 1970 graduate of Tiverton High School, and although he was appointed to the US Naval Academy, he chose to attend Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and education in 1974.

He briefly taught school before embarking on his career in technology and human resources with a job at Texas Instruments. Over the years, Mr. Champagne has held IT positions at ERPI, Greenzone Solutions, Maximus, CSC, Metro Star Systems and Brattle Systems.

Last year, Mr. Champagne was appointed program director at Sabel, where he developed training programs. He had not retired when he died.

“He was well known and a leader in his field, leading teams of instructional designers, program developers and technical writers for several small and large companies,” his wife of four years, former Suzanne Smith Nolan, wrote. Senior Director of Development for Maryland. chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Mr. Champagne also writes articles for TD Magazine, ATD’s award-winning monthly magazine that covers industry best practices, emerging technologies and trends, Ms. Champagne said.

He enjoyed sailing and had restored a Mutineer, a 15-foot sailboat which he named Nkomo. He has also restored several other vintage sailboats, including several Mutineers, a Cal 20 and a Sailfish.

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He enjoyed attending the Annapolis Sailboat Show, sailing the Chesapeake Bay and participating in the annual Ware River Regatta.

One of the highlights of his life, his wife said, was meeting and talking with Halsey Chase Herreshoff, a famous naval architect and builder of custom yachts, who sailed in the America’s Cup and was co-founder of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol.

A great traveler, he also enjoyed taking cruises in the Caribbean islands and celebrated his marriage with a cruise on the Panama Canal.

He was also an accomplished guitarist and singer and enjoyed playing his vintage 1968 Gibson. In the 1970s, he played in a band that came together to celebrate Mr. Champagne’s 65th birthday.

Mr. Champagne worked tirelessly as a volunteer for years with the Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He was a familiar presence at the organization’s many events, such as its Great Strides Walks.

He was a communicant at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity at 20 E. Ridgely Road in Timonium, where a Celebration of Life Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. on October 7.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Champagne is survived by three daughters, Kathleen Nolan Bryden of Guilford, Amy Champagne Baker of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Laura EW Holden of New Canaan, Connecticut; one sister, Judy Champagne Simpson of Rochester, Massachusetts; and four grandchildren. A previous marriage to Paulette Champagne ended in divorce.

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