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MICHALINA, JAMES R. "JIMMY" June 23, 1951 to Nov. 15, 2012 Jimmy passed away on the morning of November 15th from pancreatic cancer. He fought the good fight. His wife, Liz, was at his side. He was born and raised in Rome, New York. He enlisted in the Army in 1969 and served in the Vietnam War as a door-gunner on a Huey Helicopter. Jimmy was extremely proud of his military service and was a proud Veteran for 40 years. After getting out of the Army, Jimmy moved to San Diego. He worked at BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair (formerly Southwest Marine) for 28 years. He started out as pipe welder and held multiple other positions, the last two being Senior Lead Ship Supt. and Senior Subcontracts Administrator. He was well respected and very highly regarded by everyone on the entire San Diego waterfront. Jimmy married the love of his life, Liz Lemke, on November 14, 1987, and they just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. He was a wonderful husband, a great friend and loved to ride his Harley (Big Blue). He truly was one of the good guys. He will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by so many. Jimmy is survived by his wife Liz, sister Joanne Marsh of Cicero, NY, sister Cookie Izzo of Rome, NY, brother Joe Michalina of Creedmoor, NC, son James Michalina Jr. of Kennewick, WA, daughter Dianna Pankey of Riverside, CA, nieces, nephews and countless friends. A memorial celebration of Jimmy's life will be held at a later date.

Published in U-T San Diego on Nov. 25, 2012
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