James (Jim) Edward Nobles, Sr. CLU/ChFC
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James (Jim) Edward Nobles, Sr. CLU/ChFC, age 87, formerly of Daytona Beach, Florida, was born March 19, 1926 in Bertrand Missouri to George and Vinnie Nobles and began his eternal journey on February 7, 2014 in Marysville, Michigan surrounded by his children.
Jim enlisted with the United States Navy in 1943. During World War II he served during the Battle of Okinawa and was present in Tokyo Bay during the signing of the Surrender of Japan on September 2, 1945.
Jim moved to Port Huron in 1962 to start a family and pursue his profession in life insurance sales. Prior to his retirement he was employed with Women's Life Insurance Society, formerly known as North American Benefit Association, as Regional Manager for 18 years. During his time in Port Huron Jim was involved in many civic activities including Family Service Agency, Life Underwriters Association and a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club, serving a year as Chapter President. Jim was also very proud of the time he served on the Port Huron City Council as well as organizing and establishing the first Black River Cleanup, which is still an annual event.
He retired in 1988 and immediately began his many travels with a year abroad in Germany. Upon his return he lived in Wilmington, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Jacksonville Beach, Florida and finally settled down in Daytona Beach, Florida where he remained until he returned to Port Huron in June of 2012. Although he was here for his passing, his heart remained in Daytona.
Jim had a passion and zest for living throughout his 87 years. He was a longtime member of the YMCA where he enjoying playing handball and racquet ball. As a life-long learner he continued his quest for knowledge through his love of books. He was especially interested in the mind and the human experience with regards to religion and spent the last 30 years researching and meditating the subject. He attended church at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Daytona and loved a good debate with his fellow parishioners. He had a love for dancing, laughing and engaging conversations. Jim was a wonderful and much beloved father. He enjoyed watching countless ball games with his son, Jimmy and traveling to Michigan in the summer to be with his girls. His son, Ed, has many fond memories of their trips together to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Known as "GP" to his grandchildren, Cianne and Truman, they shared a special bond and were a joy to him.
Jim is survived by two sons, Edward Nobles and James Nobles, Jr.; two daughters, Callie (Jeffrey) Schipper and Christine (Herb) Collins; two grandchildren, Cianne and Truman Schipper; a sister, Mary (Harold) Sallee; the mother of his children, Marie Passarelli and many nieces and nephews.
Jim's family would like to send sincere thanks to the staff of Blue Water Hospice House in Marysville for their impeccable care, compassion and help in our time of need. You not only cared for Dad you were caring for us too and your services were a godsend.
In his last few days with us he was humming a tune and asked his daughter "what was that song, you know the one, don't sit in your room and hear the music play". He always knew when it was time to make an exit.... "What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play. Life is a Cabaret, old chum, Come to the Cabaret.
Cremation has taken place his children are planning a celebration of Jim's life in August 2014. Smith Family Funeral Home - North, 1525 Hancock Street was in charge of cremation arrangements. www.smithfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Times Herald from Feb. 9 to Feb. 11, 2014