James, born in Lowell, Massachusetts, a resident of Carlsbad for 34 years passed last week as a result of cardiac failure. He was the eldest of 7 children and is survived by his daughter Sherry Madaii of Solana Beach, Grandson Tyler Wheeler of Toronto, Granddaughter Chelsea Smith of Cleveland. Jim survived the loss of his wife Mary of 59 years, his wife Mary of 10 years and his son Jason 70.
James (Jim) served as a Petty Officer for the U.S. Navy during WWII earning his B.A. from Merrimac College, Andover. He was a Founder of the Carlsbad Golf Association, Carlsbad Planning Commission, Carlsbad Senior Citizen Board, a Rotarian for 65 years. James was also Carlsbad’s Citizen of the Year in 2010, and this year was the oldest WWII Vet in Carlsbad.
A Celebration of Life was held at the Lakeshore Garden Clubhouse is Carlsbad on Wednesday December 17, 2014. You may send donations in lieu of flowers to Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Foundation P.O. Box 741 Carlsbad, Ca 92018.