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James Elbert "Jim" Alonzo

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James "Jim" Elbert Alonzo Long, 89, entered into this life on August 11, 1923. He entered into eternal life on February 6, 2013 surrounded by his daughters.

Jim was the middle of five children born to Elbert and Huldah Long and made his home in Oakland until he joined the Navy and married Alberta Richardson in 1943. Jim was honorably discharged in 1945 and in 1946, he and Alberta moved to San Leandro. There, they raised four children; James, Joyce (Pat) Sharpe, Janice and Jill (Phil) Maughan.

Jim worked for Fridens Calculation Machine Co. in San Leandro for many years and went on to open his own business: Longs T.V. Sales & Repair. Later, Jim took a job with the Hayward Unified School District where he happily worked until he retired in 1988.

Over the years, Jim and Alberta were blessed with four grandchildren; James Jr., Amie (Chris) Roberts, Rhonda (Dan) Whent and Wendy (Glen) Thornell. Their grandchildren continued to bless Jim's life with five great-grandchildren; Sophia, Sabreena and Calista Roberts, Hannah Whent and Oliver Thornell.

Jim lost his wife, Alberta in 1990 and in 2000 he moved to Gerber. Jim had many interests throughout his life including HAM Radio operator, carpentry, fishing, gardening, cooking and bowling. Jim was very generous and often shared the fruits of his labor with friends and neighbors.

There will be a celebration of Jim's life on February 16, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at the El Camino Community United Methodist Church with reception to follow. The address is 8345 Highway 99 West, Gerber, Ca. 96035.

Published in Willows Journal from Feb. 16 to Feb. 23, 2013
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