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James "Jim" Sumner
James (Jim) Sumner McGinnis, 79, of Salinas, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2012 of pneumonia, at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.
He was born in Watsonville in 1933 to Sumner Dotts McGinnis and Marjorie Emily O'Keefe McGinnis. He had an older brother, John (Fran) McGinnis, of Salinas. The family moved from Watsonville when "Jimmy" was 8 years old and his father partnered in a wholesale food business in Sacramento. They moved to Salinas in 1937 to start another wholesale food business, Monterey Bay Suppliers (MBS). The family owned MBS for more than 30 years selling to restaurants and institutions. Jim worked 7 days a week for the company while attending, then graduating from Salinas High School in 1951. Jim enlisted in the Navy later that year, and served as an airman in Oakland for a little over two years. He was in the reserves until 1959.
He married Anna Lois Clark in 1954 and settled in Salinas while working at his family's wholesale food business. Jim was a well-known and renowned salesman, working in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties for more than 45 years. After the sale of the family business, he worked for Sonoma Foods and then Sysco Foods where he won numerous sales awards.
Jim was a friendly man, never meeting a stranger - man nor beast. He had a heart for "strays" and frequently brought them home. Jim enjoyed swimming, track, good food, dancing, travel and anything that involved people getting together to have fun. He was always ready with a joke or funny "real life" story. But above all, he loved his family of three daughters. The family frequently celebrated and enjoyed their time together. Once on a trip to San Francisco in the early 1970's, the family visited the well-known "Ernie's" restaurant. Jim continually encouraged the French waiter to drop his accent, to which the waiter reacted with astonishment and raised eyebrows, protesting that he was really French. Half-way through the meal the waiter was laughing at Jim's jokes and finally admitted in a very American accent that he was indeed not a Frenchman. There was nothing predictable about an outing with Jim!
Jim is survived by his ex-wife, Anna Clark; his three daughters, Deborah (John) Anzini of Carmel Valley, Colleen (Greg) Agresta of Palo Cedro and Cherylyn (John) Johnston of Hidden Valley. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Angeline (Kevin) Sickler, Troy Rossi, Aaron (Michelle) Grabiel, John (Polly) Anzini and Isaac Grabiel. He has two step-grandchildren, Joshua (Melissa) Anzini and Jesse (Keeza) Anzini. He has three nieces and five great-nieces and nephews and one great. He will also be missed by his many good friends, especially Dolores McGinnis.
Visitation will be held Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Struve and Laporte Funeral Home, 41 W. San Luis St., Salinas, CA 93901.
Following the Visitation there will be a Celebration of Life from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at The Growers Pub at 227 Monterey St., Salinas.
A Graveside Burial service is pending.
Memorial contributions in Jim's honor may be made to the SPCA.
Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com
Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel
41 West San Luis Salinas, CA 93901
Published in The Salinas Californian from Dec. 11 to Dec. 14, 2012