SAN DIEGO, Calif. - W. James Weston, a 27-year resident of Rancho Bernardo, has died of natural causes, surrounded by his wife, Ardythe Nothem Weston; his son, James A. Weston; daughter, Judith Weston Hoskins; grandchildren, Jake, Tessa, and Sam; and stepdaughter, Barbara Yaros. He was 93.
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Survivors include his wife, Ardythe, daughter, Judith (John) Hoskins; son, Jim (Terri); and grandchildren Jake, Tessa, and Sam. His stepchildren include Bruce Nothem, William Nothem, Barbara (Mark) Yaros, Greg Nothem, Sandra (Dave) Whalen and Andrew (Amber) Nothem; and numerous stepgrandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Jim Weston was born in South Paris, Maine, and spent his childhood in Portland, Maine, where he attended Deering High School. He and siblings M. Bertha Weston and J. Raymond Weston were raised by their beloved mother Helene C. Weston; they have predeceased him.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1939, and served for the duration of World War II. He was introduced to his first wife, Lynne M. Weston, as pen pals while he was stationed in Northern Africa, and they were married from April 1945 until her death in July 1994.
Following his graduation from Purdue University College of Engineering, on the GI Bill, Jim and Lynne lived in Connecticut - first Groton, then Rocky Hill and finally Wethersfield - as Jim made his career as an electrical engineer at Northeast Utilities, formerly Hartford Electric Light Co. and Connecticut Light and Power. He was in a supervisory position as head of the Substation Development Group.
He retired in 1985, and moved to Rancho Bernardo; he adopted RB as home. After Lynne's death, he met Ardythe on a tour to London, and they married Oct. 7, 1996. They enjoyed their blended families on both coasts. They enjoyed singing in the choir at San Rafael Catholic Church, their season tickets for the Chargers, traveling to Europe, and attending theater and opera. Jim was a devoted husband and a committed supporter of San Rafael Church, the Rancho Bernardo Library and the San Diego Chargers.
The funeral mass was held at 11 a.m. Thursday at San Rafael Church, 17252 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo. Visitation was held on Wednesday at Poway-Bernardo Mortuary. Father John Puodziunas, OFM, acted as celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sunshine Care or Sonata Hospice.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Nov. 3, 2013