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Homer Beers James died June 23, 2018, at home with his daughter, Janet and son-in-law, Galen Spielman. Homer Beers James, known as "Jimmy," had been married to Gene James for 71 years. Jimmy and Gene were founding members of the Unitarian Fellowship of Lima, Ohio and in 1970 became lay leaders in the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, PA for three decades. Jimmy and Gene had four children: Randy (Ann McCrow) of Santa Cruz County, CA, Gary (Julie Martin) of St Louis, MO; and Mark (Mary Poore) of Flagstaff, AZ and Janet James (Galen Spielman) of Pittsburgh, PA active in the Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills, Pittsburgh, PA where the memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. July 13, 2018. Jimmy James was an electrical engineer with Westinghouse for 40 years; in his spare time an engineering faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh. He loved the classroom and teaching. In retirement he taught advanced mathematics and physics at Community College of Allegheny County. Jimmy became a devoted scholar for 60 years of James Joyce's Ulysses. He was an active participant in the annual James Joyce Bloomsday celebrations. Jimmy was an amateur actor with the Amil Tellers Encore Theatre in Lima, Ohio. He was a marathon runner completing the Boston Marathon in 1967 where he helped "secret" the first unofficial female runner (Katherine Switzer) to the starting lines to run the race women were prohibited from running until the following year. He was a devoted long distance cyclist with American Youth Hostel. When he moved his family to Seattle, WA to work for Boeing, he became a serious mountain climber scaling the heights of Mt Rainier several times and other elevations every weekend May - October. Jimmy was an amateur jazz musician and a composer of electronic music. He was an accomplished artist in oil painting, ceramics and sculpture, presenting many gifts to his family and friends. His love of life was exuberant and exhaustive. He was devoted to his bookgroup of 40 years, but most of all to his wife, his children and his children's children. We loved him and will miss him greatly ARRANGEMENTS BY WILLIAM ECKELS FUNERAL HOME BEECHVIEW.

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on July 12, 2018
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