James Leonard Tilly

October 8, 1923 - July 29, 2014 James L. Tilly, age 90, died peacefully on July 29, 2014 with family members by his side. Jim was born in Aberdeen Washington on October 8, 1923 to Floyd and Beulah Fox-Tilly. He grew up in the Aberdeen-Hoquiam area graduating from Weatherwax High School where he was actively involved in publication of the school newspaper and served as senior class president. Jim enlisted in the US Navy in June of 1943 and served primarily with the 586 Construction Battalion in Torokina, Bougainville, British Solomon Islands until being honorably discharged in December 1945. Soon after returning home from service Jim moved to the Greenwood area of Seattle, Wash. where he worked in the grocery industry for several years. It was during this period of time that he met his future wife, Wilma. They married on June 3, 1950 later moving to the Everett/Silver Lake area in 1958. Early in their marriage Jim began working for the baking industry, first for Buchan Bakery and later for Continental Baking Company at their Wonder Bread facility in Seattle's central district. He retired from Wonder Bread as a shipping supervisor in 1983. Following retirement Jim spent several years pursuing his favorite hobby: collecting antiques. He was passionate about his hobby and he and wife Wilma spent many days at local area auctions and traveling around the country in their RV searching for treasures. They eventually formed a small home business to sell many of their collectibles. Jim was an active member of the South Everett Lions Club and a very familiar face in the Silver Lake community. Jim loved people and had a unique talent of being able to connect with anyone he came into contact with. He was a friend to everyone. He loved to make people laugh and could draw a smile and laughter out of even perfect strangers no matter what their mood. He was always the "life of the party" at any gatherings he attended. He truly will be missed by everyone who knew him. Jim is survived by his wife of 64 years, Wilma, daughters, Aileen Clark and Jolene Martinis (Vince); grandsons, Andrew and Chris Martinis, and son, Michael Riddell. In lieu of flowers, please donate to in Jim's memory. A memorial to honor Jim will be announced at a later date.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Aug. 8 to Aug. 10, 2014