Obituary of James Webster
James Webster passed away on Sept. 3, 2016. He was 92.
James was born on Aug. 30, 1924 in Cleland, Scotland. When he was 4 years old he moved with his mother, older brother and sister to Ireland. His dad moved to New York but his mother had to stay in Ireland to care for her aging parents, the Careys. In Ireland he lived on a farm with dirt floors and no indoor toilet. He had his own donkey and ditched school when the circus came to town. After his grandparents died, they sold the farm and moved to New York City. Jim was nine years old at the time. He lost his Irish brogue because the nuns teased him.
He enlisted in the Navy at age 18. After his discharge he went to the University of Missouri and studied electrical engineering. He graduated in 1950 by “the skin of his teeth”. He met Kathleen “Pat” Briggs in 1953 and married her in 1954. They had their first daughter, Deirdre (Dee), while they lived in Norbit, Pennsylvania, their second daughter, Carey, while they lived in Bayside, New York and their son, Larry in Kansas City, Missouri. When Jim lost his job (again) they moved to Fullerton where they had their youngest daughter, Moira. Jim became a realtor, which he loved. He and Pat stayed in Fullerton and raised their family there.
In 1988 Jim moved to Biloxi, Mississippi. He was there in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit. He did not evacuate because a neighbor told him the interstate was like a parking lot. He met President Bush who came to visit Biloxi when the floodwaters receded. Jim wasn’t as interested in meeting the President as getting a free hamburger! His apartment in Biloxi was on the ground floor so he lost everything and decided to go on a road trip and find a new place to live. He settled in Grass Valley where he enjoyed being close to family.
He was a member of the DAV and an active member of the Catholic Church. He loved to travel and went to Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Bangkok, France, Italy and Mexico City. His favorite place he visited was Hong Kong.
He is survived by his sister Mary Jo MacDonald; his children, Dee (Jr.) Roach, Carey (Tim Scanlon) Webster, Larry (Julie) Webster, and Moira Webster; grandchildren, Justin Holladay, Tamra, Kendra, Parker and Colby Scanlon, Sydney and Jefferson Webster, Samantha (Dave) Swaffield; as well as his great grandchildren, Harmon, Aidric and Elouise Swaffield.
A rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m., on Sept. 15, and Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 16 at St. Patrick’s Church.
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