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BISHOP--James DeForest,

whose long career as a successful entrepreneur included the founding of Caithness Energy, LLC, a pioneer in the renewable power industry died May 24 at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 84. A resident of Saddle River, New Jersey and Jamestown, Rhode Island, Mr. Bishop was a graduate of Kent School, Yale University and Harvard Business School, and served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy. He was driven by an entrepreneurial spirit that led him to become involved in such varied ventures as oil and gas, mining, real estate, cattle breeding, and finally renewable energy. He remained active as Chairman at Caithness Energy, LLC, one of many companies he founded during his long business career, until his death. Jim was also an active member of many clubs and organizations throughout his life and was honored to serve on the board of the Intrepid Museum and Mystic Seaport Museum. Jim was a man of many avocations and had a lifelong interest in hunting and fishing, but his true passion was for sailing. The mark he left in the world of competitive sailboat racing through his ardent support of the sport throughout his life is what he will likely be most remembered for. In a sport where success is often determined by outspending the competition, Jim was a staunch advocate of strict one-design classes that promoted highly competitive sailing while limiting the expense of participation. His participation and leadership in the International One- Design and J44 classes were emblematic of this philosophy. While he made numerous contributions to the sport through activities in many club and race organizations through the years, one of his most notable accomplishments was competing in 24 Newport Bermuda Races starting in 1960, with his last in 2014. His presence on the race course and in Bermuda will be missed, but he will be there in spirit welcoming the fleet with his classic Bermuda toast: "It's been a hell of a hook!" Jim's generosity, inclusiveness, and charisma together with his fierce competitiveness will be missed by all who had the honor of knowing him. His many friends will recall him saying with a twinkle in his eye, "You know, it would not be any fun doing this all by myself!" Jim's life was a life well lived. Jim leaves behind the loving family that he was blessed to have close by throughout his life. Jim is survived by Barbara Conklin Bishop, his beloved wife of 63 years, his children and their spouses, Barbara Bishop Gollan, James D. and Jodie Bishop Jr, Linda and Ronald Fotiu, Betsey and David DeLuca, and his grandchildren Stephen Fotiu, Alexis Kawalec, Jennifer Fotiu, Caitlyn Gollan, Jason Gollan, Michael DeLuca, Elizabeth DeLuca, David DeLuca Jr. and James (Forrest) Bishop III. Funeral services following his passing were private. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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March 14, 2019
I had the privilege of sailing with Jim Bishop, starting with the American Yacht Club Spring Series in 1993, and ending with the J-44 Coastal Queen party at Block Island Race Week in 2017. He was a smart, nice, and honest man whom we sailors will dearly miss. Thank you.
Victor Hong
February 18, 2019
I can't match Edgar Aronson's Right-on words.

Eddie was invaluable to Jim and Caithness. They paid for finding the Caithness steam; Eddie took the steam finder Charles Condy to Scotland unto the tens of millions needed for the generators.
Frederick Hagios
August 17, 2018
I just learned of Jim's passing today. He sailed with me for many years-Lightings, Star Boats, & then Ocean Racing. We completed 5 Newport to Bermuda Races. We would have done more but my job required my time. He was a fine gentleman & a life long friend. He will be greatly missed!!!

Edward L. Hennessy, Jr.
Retired Chairman Allied-Signal
July 19, 2018
Had the honor of sailing with Jim to Bermuda on his yacht Mokuahi. He did an excellent job during the race and hosted a spectacular party for the crew afterwards.

Will always remember when during the middle of a stormy night on the helm he was looking for his cigar on the deck and mistakenly placed a flying fish in his mouth instead of the soggy cigar. Unfazed, he said the fish was almost as good as his cigar!

William Heston
July 5, 2018
May his memories live on, as he R.I.P
June 25, 2018
A proper sports man in the old sense of the word. A credit to the International One Class . I and my crew enjoyed smoking his cigars when he left them on Aerial in Bermuda on boat hand over when we found them . Nice man .Fraser Mills
June 14, 2018
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Bishop in the late 80s, we were trying to finance one of his desert
Geo-Thermal energy sites. I also had the pleasure of trap shooting with him and his family at the Campfire Club. A great man a natural born leader a class act . My sincere condolences RIP

Ken Meccia
Ken Meccia
June 14, 2018
The finest partner in business, pleasure, and friendship anyone could ask for, a great human being and gentleman, right through his exemplary well mannered passing.
Edgar Aronson
June 14, 2018
Jim and Huey Long will share many sailing stories ~ My condolences ~ Jim was a friend and a great sailing mate ~
Suzanne McDonnell Long
Suzanne McDonnell Long
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