James Patrick DiJulio|
Died Saturday, January 7, 2017 in Kirkland, following a long battle with skin cancer and related complications.
Born December 8, 1929 in Seattle, he is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Joan (LaFontaine) DiJulio; his eight children, Christine Smith (Dan), David, Tom (Moira), Tim (Margarita), Brian (Barbara), Mary Lynn Thompson (John), Nancy Kissler (Mike), and Darcy Schuster (Mike); 17 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and his sisters, Sister Mary Louise DiJulio, SNJM, Dolores DeVitis (Quinto), Angela Wright (Bill), Gemma Thielges (Jerome), and their families.
A lifelong resident of Seattle and Mercer Island, Jim was a graduate of Seattle Preparatory High School and Seattle University. After serving honorably with the U.S. Marine Corp, Jim returned from Korea to attend Gonzaga Law School in Spokane, where he met and married Joan. Thereafter, he launched his career in sales with Standard Oil but soon moved into automotive sales where he built a highly successful 30-year career, working with leading dealerships such as Riach Oldsmobile and Platis Cadillac. He regularly received national sales awards and was awarded a gold Rolex by Cadillac for his exceptional performance. Chances are, if you bought a "Caddy"in the Seattle area, you bought it from Jim. Or you paid too much.
A well-known and much-loved member of the Catholic community, Jim was highly involved with the Seattle Jesuit Club and, along with his large DiJulio family, hosted the annual Jesuit Dinner for several decades. Jim was also a strong supporter of and generous contributor to numerous philanthropic organizations including The Italian Club, The Lions Club, the Seattle Prep and Seattle University Alumni Associations and many others.
Known for his love of conversation, infectious smile and an ever-present twinkle in his eyes, Jim will perhaps be best remembered for his love and commitment to his family. He lived, loved and gladly gave of himself for everyone who called him Husband, Dad, Grampy, Brother, Uncle or Friend.
Recitation of the Rosary will be Sunday, January 15, at 4:00 PM.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated
Monday, January 16, at 10:00 AM,
BOTH at St. Monica Church
4301 88th Ave. S. E., Mercer Island.
Interment, Calvary Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions in Jim's memory to the James P. DiJulio, Jr. '47 Endowment at Seattle Preparatory School, 2400 11th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102; or www.seaprep.org/jimdijulioendowment
Hoffner Fisher & Harvey
Guest book at harveyfuneral.com
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2017