HENDERSONVILLE-James "Jim" Dore passed away Monday November 18, 2013. Jim was born in Seattle, Washington on June 4, 1927 to James B. Dore and Hazel Lockwood Dore. He served in the US Navy in the Pacific theater during WW II and participated in the 2nd atomic bomb tests in the Marshall Islands.
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Jim became a Ceramic & Metallurgic Engineer after graduation from the University of Washington in 1950 with both Bachelors and Masters degrees. He achieved high honors at U of W including Phi Beta Kappa & Tau Beta Pi honorary societies. He utilized these exceptional skills to achieve notoriety as an inventor, engineer and businessman. He received over 30 patents which lead to a number of industrial innovations at Kaiser, Olin and Consolidated Aluminum Companies. He followed up on his invention of a metals filter by playing a key role in the creation of SELEE Corporation. He traveled the world to promote and develop this technology and company into a worldwide leader. This resulted in the creation of many jobs here in Henderson County and elsewhere.
He continued his passions and accomplishments into retirement. He was a champion Dahlia grower and won many awards over the years. He served the community as commissioner of Laurel Park with his special mix of common sense, humor and intelligence. He was an accomplished and avid fly fisherman who was active in Trout Unlimited. He has been also been a member of the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville over the last quarter century.
His achievements are only overshadowed by his devotion to family and friends. He was quick to love, laugh, advise and support all those near to him. His keen intelligence and insight were much appreciated and he often reached out to help those he loved.
Survivors include his loving wife of 29 years Sarah Heatherly Dore as well as his children and grandchildren. He loved and supported his 5 children: Jeff Dore, Denise Robertson and Jim Dore by his first wife Marilyn Dore as well as Sarah and Raymond Clouse's children Sarita Sigmon and Judy Loveland. He is also survived by 7 cherished grand children: Richard Dore, Michael Dore, John Robertson, Steven Robertson, Heather Engelman, Sarita Loveland and Blake Sigmon.as well as five great grandchildren. Among his many friends he often spoke of two special friends Jim Ford and Jeremi Maybin.
A visitation will be held at the Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Home in Hendersonville on Friday November 22, 2013 from 6 to 8 PM. The memorial service will be held at 10 AM Saturday November 23, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville followed by burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
In Lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions in Jim's name to your favorite charity.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Thos. Shepherd & Son - Hendersonville
125 South Church Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Published in The Times-News on Nov. 21, 2013