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On April 11, 2016, James R Dorsey, a son of Baltimore who felt he lived life "like a King", went to join the love of his life, Thelma Irene, whom he missed dearly for the last 15 months. Jim grew up in Baltimore and loved steamed crabs, raw oysters, the Colts and the O's. Actually, one of the few times we saw him cry was the day Johnny Unitas walked off the field at Memorial Stadium for the last time as a plane flew overhead with a banner that read: "Unitas We Stand". Jim played quarterback for Baltimore City College where he chose to repeat his senior year just to be able to play one more season. As a young man, Jim served his country in Alaska during the Korean war. When asked about his best memory; "he loved coaching football for the Putty Hill Optimist Club for so many years". And since he had 3 daughters, Jim also coached Parkville girls' softball teams and never missed a dance recital or gymnastic event. After inheriting a small construction business from his father, Jim expanded it and trained and employed several generations of young men, usually recruited from his football teams. He loved parades! In fact, he loved them so much that he joined the Shriners and founded the "World Famous Camel Wheels", taking first place by riding their 3-wheelers in parades up and down the east coast. While chairman of the Boumi Temple Charity Golf Classic, Jim raised close to one million dollars for the children at the Shriners Hospitals. Jim and Irene fulfilled their dream of spending their golden years on a golf course in Englewood Florida with his sister Betty and her husband Ray. While there, he once again surrounded himself with friends who worked hard, played hard, and gave back to the community. Jim loved serving pancakes every Sunday at the Englewood United Methodist Church. But, of all his accomplishments, it was his commitment to his family that he felt was most important and at which he felt he was most successful. Jim was the beloved father of Judy Pulket and her husband William, Sandy Lima and her husband Joao, and Debi Gillespie and her husband Kevin. He was also an amazing grandfather to Kelly and Brian Pulket, Katie Butera, Michael and Jonathan Lima and Erin and Kevin Gillespie. He is also survived by 3 great-grandchildren, Ethan, Ryder and Cora, and his sister Betty Pomeroy and her husband Ray. Family and friends will honor Jim's life at family owned Evans Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services - Parkville, 8800 Harford Rd. on Saturday, April 16th from 2-6pm. A funeral service will be held 11am Sunday followed by a celebration of Jim's life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boumi Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, 5050 King Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21237 in memory of James Dorsey.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Apr. 13, 2016
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