James Brackett "Jim" Webster

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Passed away June 29, 2014 in Ventura, Ca. after a long and enthusiastic life. He was born to Harvey Webster and Gracie Gordon on July 8, 1927 in Altadena, Ca. While spending time with his grandparents in Ventura, Jim fell in love with the central coast and lived in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties for most of his adult life. He so appreciated his home these last couple of years at the California Veterans Home in Ventura. He is survived by his wife, Nina; brother, Brad Webster and family of Pales Verdes; four children: Greg Webster of Ventura; Georgia Mosman of Las Vegas, Nevada; Cameron Webster and Carrie Francisco of Camarillo; along with daughter-in laws Louise and Robin Webster of Ventura County. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Jim attended Principia Academy in St. Louis, Missouri and Santa Barbara City College. He proudly served with the United States Navy and saw duty in World War II and Korea.

Jim worked for the JC Penny Company for 18 years, venturing out on his own in retail in Camarillo, Ca. for 5 years, then opening up a new chapter spending the last 35 years in real estate both in Camarillo and Goleta.

He was an active member in the Rotary Club of both Camarillo and Goleta, receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship Award and also enjoyed his participation in various organizations including the MLS, Chamber of Commerce and private pilot club at the Santa Barbara Airport. He grew great strength and peace from his religion and attended the Christian Science Church on a regular basis.

As a young man he loved his motorcycles and racing his various Corvettes. Later in life he received his private pilot's license, and enjoyed spending time flying his plane "Andy's Candy". He embraced his roles in various parades including Santa Clause in the Camarillo Christmas Parade and being the Grand Marshall in last year's 4th of July Parade in Oakview, Ca. He was a prolific poet and so loved to read and write. His colorful personality, along with his enthusiasm for life, was infectious for all who knew him. He will be missed.

A Memorial will be held in the Carpenteria Arts and Lecture Center, 5141 Carpenteria Ave. Carpenteria Ca on Saturday, July 12th at 2 pm.

Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from July 8 to July 12, 2014
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