James Francis Lantry
1953 - 2020
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October 1, 1953 - September 30, 2020 James (Jim) Lantry died unexpectedly one day shy of his 67th birthday with his loving wife Virgie by his side. Jim was born to Thomas Lantry and Carmela Rocco on October 1, 1953 in Queens, NY and grew up in Far Rockaway, NY. When Jim was 18 years old he moved to Westchester, CA to pursue his dreams. Jim began working at age 12 to help his family and from that point on he never stopped working. Jim was very successful in his career due to his persistence, appetite for learning, work ethic, and friendly demeanor. At the time of his retirement, Jim was the Chief Surveyor for the City of Los Angeles. He continued to work after retirement providing consulting services in his field of expertise, played golf with family and friends, and spent quality time with his family. Jim was an outgoing man, and a great storyteller with a ready smile.Jim will be deeply missed by those he leaves behind including his wife Virginia (Virgie) Lantry , his daughters Christina Daniels (Hovannes), Elizabeth Maddy (Loren) and Nickie Lantry, his grandchildren Sierra, Aiden, Kyla, Fiona, and Christian, his brother Frank Kotowski and his sister Denise Taylor. His big smile, his stories, and his warm nature will be deeply missed by his friends, family and all who knew him. A private Celebration of his Life is being held on October 24 in Huntington Beach and a gathering of friends will be held at a local beach on October 25.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Oct. 16 to Oct. 18, 2020.
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November 10, 2020
My grandpa will always live on in the hearts of those who loved him most. I will never forget his hearty laugh or his sense of humor. He helped to shape me into the person I am today and I am lucky to have been a part of his life and for him to have been a part of mine.
Sierra Daniels
November 5, 2020
I have known Jim for many years. I own Tower Pizza and Jim was a regular customer. When the pandemic hit, Jim being the compassionate person that he was immediately reached out to me and donated his stimulus check to help us provide meals to people in need. I will always remember him for his big smile , his friendly personality and our conversations about sports.
Rest In Peace Good Buddy
October 30, 2020
Ashes at Sea October 24, 2020
It has been 30 days now without you my love. We had a beautiful ceremony with family aboard a private yacht for the scattering of ashes at sea in the Huntington Beach Harbor, then a lovely Celebration of Life ceremony at the Huntington Beach Hyatt Regency with those you loved and those that loved you dearly. I miss you so much my Honey Bunny!!
Virginia Lantry
October 25, 2020
I was so saddened to hear of Jims passing. My deepest condolences to Virgie and his family. I worked with Jim for a few years. I remember his raspy voice but what stands out is that he had a very nice singing voice. He sang at one of our luncheons and was pleasantly surprised. Rest In Peace Jim. It was great knowing you. Lupe Mendoza, Survey secretary.
Lupe Mendoza
October 20, 2020
We love you Jimmy. You were the patriarch of your cousin’s who always looked forward to your visits and the celebrations that would bring our families together. I will miss your wonderful laughter and the way you loved the family. Your aunts and uncles looked forward to those visits with joy. I know you will be watching over us until we meet again. We love you...we miss you ...we will never forget you dear cousin ❤
Antoinette Rocco
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