James Paul Bergren of East Falmouth, a jeweler and former co-owner of Amber Waves health food store in Falmouth, died June 26 at the age of 71.
Born in South Bend, Indiana, he was the son of Francis and Mary Bergren.
He served in Vietnam as a radar repairman and graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1997.
With his wife, Nancy Vander Pyl, he owned Amber Waves Natural Foods in Falmouth from 1974 to 2018. They raised one daughter, Katherine L. Bergren.
Mr. Bergren was a self-taught craftsman who could make or fix almost anything: jewelry, furniture, ductwork, computer programs, plumbing, roofs, furnaces, clothing, metalwork, and bread. He loved cats and the outdoors.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his daughter and her family; a nephew; and other family.
He was predeceased by his parents and a sister.