Obituary of James Wilson (1937 – 2021) – Lafayette, CA


James allen wilson
December 18, 1937 – August 30, 2021
Resident of Lafayette
Born and raised in Fairfield, Calif., James (Jim) Allen Wilson grew up chopping fruit in nearby orchards, filming twelve cents pop in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood with his brother Vern, and even spotted Vice President Harry S. Truman boarding a train in Cordelia. Jim graduated from Armijo High School in 1955 and remained close to his classmates for almost a century, so much so that his wife Audrey became an honorary member of the class. Prior to earning his masters degree and settling into his chosen career as a CPA, Jim dated Cal Berkeley, served in the National Guard, and worked as a shipbuilder on Mare Island in Vallejo. .
At a dinner club in 1963, Jim met the love of his life. At first, she stayed away so her friend could dance with him, but Jim always only had eyes for Audrey. Two years later, they married in Redwood City and settled in Contra Costa County where Audrey worked as an elementary school teacher. A few years later, their daughter Andrea was born. They raised her to be self-confident and independent, and as such, she started traveling early. It was a common family joke that Andrea got her passport before her father, but Jim quickly followed suit and never looked back!
With Audrey and their daughter Andrea, Jim has traveled the world. They traveled through Europe and South America, descending the Urubamba River in Peru and sailing the Danube through Central Europe. Jim never slowed down and, at the age of 76, paddled Mendenhall Lake and up to the Glacier on a family trip to Alaska in 2014.
Family has always been Jim first and foremost. Known as Uncle Jimmy to those who loved him, he relished vacation dinners and family trips surrounded by a large extended family. Jim was known for his quick wit and dry sense of humor. His face split into an easy smile and his eyes widened mischievously after telling one of the cheesy “daddy jokes” he was famous for.
At home in Contra Costa County, Jim and Audrey have built a vast network of lifelong friends through square dancing and pétanque. Square dancers for years, they have traveled the state to attend hoedowns and even performed at the halftime show at a Stanford University football game. Jim was also active in the church, teaching Sunday School for years with his wife Audrey. He has always treasured his church family, so in lieu of flowers, please donate to Walnut Creek United Methodist Church or any charity of your choice.
Jim passed away at home on Monday August 30th surrounded by his beloved daughter Andrea and son-in-law Joe. He is predeceased by his parents William LaVerne and Vivian Wilson, his brothers-in-law Arthur Skutevik and Joe Velasquez, and his best friend, love and wife of 48 years, Audrey. He is survived by his daughter Andrea and his son-in-law Joseph Granata, his brother Vern Wilson, his sisters-in-law Flora Wilson and Valorie Velasquez. He is also survived by his nephews Verne, Barry and Alan; nieces Linda, Sheri, Sherry, Ryckie and Kristen, and many loved-all grandnephews and nieces who will be missed by their uncle Jimmy. Dear cousins ​​Nadine and Paul Hanley, and Ruthie Walter. And finally, his best friend Bill Nootbaar with whom he has shared countless dinners at Il Pavone in Walnut Creek. A Celebration of Life will be held at Walnut Creek United Methodist Church (1543 Sunnyvale Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA 94597) on Saturday, September 25 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow.

See the James Allen Wilson online memorial

Published by East Bay Times on September 12, 2021.


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