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James Leo Near

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A Tribute to a "Loveable Rascal" ! Jim Near, long-time resident of Laguna Niguel, passed away peacefully in July, 2015. Mr. Near was a very private person, yet a loveable rascal well known for his kindness to strangers, generousity to friends, a constant readiness to help, and a willingness to share a hug with friends. He always had a big smile, a twinkle in his eyes and a great sense of humor. Jim was a California-licensed general contractor and builder in south Orange County, a past member of the Moulton Niguel Water District customer action committee, an active member of the Christian Science Church in Laguna Beach and a contributor to several charity groups serving military veterans. He himself was a navy veteran of WWII. Jim's wife of 50 years, Florence "Maxine" predeceased him in 2013. He is survived by several nieces and nephews, 2 Godsons, and many friends and neighbors who loved him dearly. At his request, there was no memorial service. He will be sorely missed.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 12, 2015
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