• Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park, Mortuary & Crematory
    Westlake Village, CA
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James Walter Raitt 1945 - 2012

James Walter Raitt

This Guest Book has been kept open by Joan Raitt.
Saturday, February 07, 2015
I did not know Mr. Raitt, but I believe I know his wife, Joan. She was my French teacher in high school and she instilled in me a love for French that I have never lost. I will keep her in my prayers, as I'm sure her husband was as wonderful a person as she is. You are my favorite teacher of all time Miss Polizzo!
Monday, December 01, 2014
Dad a lot has changed in the past 2 years, I'm finally with a great guy who reminds me of you, you now have a grand daughter named Skylar Joan which mom came up with. Skylar was born Nov 10th at 8:31 pm and weighed 7lbs 6oz and 19 in long. She is the most precious little girl and has such a huge personality already . I'm sure you are looking down at us and can watch her grow. She will always know what a great man her grandpa is. We love you and miss you dearly and know that you are always here love Michelle and Skylar Joan
Monday, December 01, 2014
My Dearest Jimmy,

I'm writing this to you on the second anniversary of your passing. I keep asking myself, "Have I really lived two years without you?" Before that fateful day I hadn't been without you for more than two months and those months seemed an eternity. And now I face an eternity on earth without you.

I thank God that He made be strong because without that strength I could not have faced even another day without you, let alone the remainder of my years on this earth.

I've remained focused and decisive and fulfilled your most ardent wish for me: to move back to NJ to be closer to family. It wasn't easy. In fact, it was harder than I could have ever imagined. But it was the best move for me.

My life is OK and I enjoy some happy
times. It will never seem right, though, because right always meant growing old together. Right meant sharing those ordinary rituals of our day to day lives. Right meant laughing together at all the silly things that always made us laugh.

So, it can't be right. It can be good at times but never right.

In my eulogy for your memorial services I said: "There won't be one minute of one hour of one day that I won't miss you." That is true now and will forever be true. There isn't one night that I don't picture your face as I drift off to sleep and there isn't one morning that awaken without seeing that handsome face and hearing your laughter. Your face, your name, your voice fill the biggest space in my heart.

I've often asked myself what I would have said to you on our last day had I but known that it ould be our last day. I would have told you how much I loved you and how much I always will love you. I would have told you how grateful I was that you loved me, how lucky I was that we met, that we shared thirty-eight years and that you were the best part of me and that I would never feel whole without you.

I would have also reassured you that I would stay strong, that I would take care of myself and that I would surround myself with good people. That would have made you happy because my happiness and well-being were always important to you.

Two years without you. How many years until we are together again? God alone knows. Until then, you remain my Jim, my "Little Boy", my "Top Dog", my best friend and the love of my life.

Always and ever,
Your Joanie, "you "Little Girl", your "Spot".
Saturday, April 26, 2014
What can I say about Jimmy Raitt? I met Jimmy after being contacted by he and Joanie when selling there home on Urban Club Road in Wayne, NJ. I had graduated from Wayne Hills in 1989 and although never having Joanie as a teacher, I always knew who she was and was left in awe by her enthusiasm and energy. Jimmy and Joanie trusted me as a very young Realtor when few others felt I had the ability to properly market their home while they packed up and headed to Westlake Village. Jimmy never lost faith in me despite it being a tough market and always pushed me to work harder and smarter. For both of your trust, I am eternally grateful and am still a Realtor 25 years later. Whenever I drive by Urban Club Road, I always think of you both and Michelle. I have relocated to Charlotte, NC but was in Wayne today and found myself thinking of you all. I did. google search to see what would come up and am deeply upset to hear of Jimmy's passing. Words can not say how truly sorry I am to find this out!!! God speed my friend and may God Bless Joanie and Michelle this day and always!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Jim is missed.
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