James, Jamie, Jim, Jimmy, or Jimbo to some… but Dad to his children. Our favorite person has passed away. His time with us all has been a blessing. He was such a genuine, thoughtful person. He loved so many people wholeheartedly. We all will miss his jokes, smiles, and laughter. And just as much, we will miss the hugs that he gave so freely, along with his sincerity and support. As his wife, I know he made many friends over his short time on Earth, knowing all the love and friendships he had. We all were so fortunate to have had time together with him. He left his heart behind within us, as he wore his heart on his sleeve. He always helped anyone he could, whether he knew them or had just met them.
James was born in Vallejo, Ca, but spent the greater part of his life in the San Diego area where his family settled in 1970. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps, and I thanked him for his service often. He always loved Formula 1 racing and was a Kansas City Chiefs fan for over 37 years. He also followed the San Diego Padres. He enjoyed nature, from a beach day, a walk in the park, a movie night, to an evening out. We loved our getaways too.
He always gave his best in everything he did. A man of pride, James loved his family and his friends. He also cared for his co-workers during his long career in the auto collision repair industry in San Diego. Now we each have him as an angel on our shoulders.
He is survived by his wife, Linda, his son, Steven, and his daughter, Chloie. He also leaves behind his sisters: Julie Watkins of New York, Katherine Orse of Pennsylvania, and Margaret McCormack of Washington, along with his wonderful nieces and nephews, and in some cases, their babies too.
There will be a celebration of life but setting the date and finalizing the details are still difficult. We plan to hold the event by winter. I will keep you all posted.
Missing you, my love.