Obituary of Jim Coufos |

Obituary of Jim Coufos

Jim Coufos died August 5, 2014, at the Hospice of the Foothills after succumbing to pancreatic cancer. Jim was 67.

A celebration of life is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 16, 2014, at the Coufos Cellars Winery in Rough and Ready. Friends can bring side dishes to share. Please carpool when possible. Call 530-274-2923 for more information.

Jim was born on Oct. 2, 1946, to Alex and Martha Coufos in Orange, N. J. He spent his elementary and high school years in Pearl River, N.Y., and graduated from Brockport State College with a BS degree in history. Jim taught junior high and high school students in upstate New York until moving to California in 1980. After a brief stay in the Los Angeles area, Jim moved to Sacramento and began a successful career of selling text books to schools throughout Northern California, employed by several different publishing companies. He retired in Nevada County in 2007.

Jim loved the Grass Valley area and lived there off and on during the last 30 years. He loved hiking and cross-country skiing the local trails, with Grouse Ridge and its many lakes being his favorite. Jim enjoyed working on older homes and restored several in Grass Valley.

Jim was married for 12 years while in New York and had two lovely daughters, Stevi Coufos of Denver and Sarah Coufos of Sacramento.

Jim is survived by his two daughters, Stevi and Sarah; mother Martha Coufos of New York; siblings, Henry Coufos of Rough and Ready, Paul Coufos of Los Angeles, Diane McCarthy of Los Angeles, Lisa Gladney of New York; partner Gina Bryant of Colorado; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Contributions can be made to Hospice of the Foothills who provided him with exemplary care during his stay there.

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