James, loving husband, brother, and uncle died after a long illness on January 21 at the age of 71. He was born in New York, but spent much of his early years in Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a journalism degree, and later obtained a second degree in geology. He was a great writer and storyteller, but he found his passion on the ocean. He followed his dad by working in the dredging industry doing just about everything. He was proud of diving to protect reefs from dredge anchors on beach jobs in Florida and, on one of his last jobs, his part in building the new Panama Canal. He retired as a dredge captain.
Though California was home, Jim was often working away. He worked on the West Coast from Alaska to Panama and the East Coast from Maine to Aruba. He loved boats so vacations usually took he and his wife on river or ocean cruises. He would always try to see the vessel’s engine room. Jim’s one regret with the move to California was the distance from his family. He loved them very much.
Jim is survived by his wife Eileen, his brothers John (Terry), Mike (Ann), Dan (Nory), and Larry (Mary), and sisters Pat (Jay) and Kathy (Jeff). Brother-in-law Reg (Carol) and sisters-in-law June (George) and Linda also will miss him. Jim loved all of his 19 nieces and nephews and they loved him.
Because of Jim’s love for the ocean, that’s where his ashes will be scattered. A family memorial service will be held when that takes place at some date to be determined.