James Phillip Gualco Jr.
Reno - Dec. 18, 1946 - March 28, 2021
On Sunday, March 28, 2021, longtime Sparks resident James Phillip Gualco Jr. passed away unexpectedly at his home.
Jim was born on December 18, 1946 to James Phillip Gualco Sr. and Jeanne Adams Gualco in Berkley, California. Jim spent his early years in the bay area and graduated from Castlemont High School in 1964. He went to Merritt College in 1965, earning his AA in Data Processing in 1970 after his military service. He would join the Navy Reserve in 1967 and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) during the Vietnam War.
After the war, Jim entered the trucking industry working as a claims specialist for Delta Trucking in the bay area. He later moved to the Sparks area working for Consolidated Freightways until its closure and going on to work with Conway Trucking until his retirement in 2009.
Jim was an avid sports enthusiast participating in gymnastics throughout high school. But it was his love of skiing that brought him to Nevada where he served in the ski patrol for many years, and ultimately to create his home here. Jim loved his Raiders football team and never missed a Nascar race. He was a long-time participant in area softball, both on the field and behind the plate as an ASA and USSSA umpire where many will know him as "Red" or "Jimmy".
Jim was married in 1983 to Jana Binns and although they were no longer married, they remained devoted to each other and lifelong companions. Jim's proudest moments were as the father of their daughter Jamie, and he shared many happy memories with his extended Nevada family.
Jim was preceded in death by both of his parents and his sister, Penny. He is survived by Jana and his beloved daughter, Jamie (Carl) Newfelt, his brother Ross (Jodie) Gualco, and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim is remembered by all for his easy smile and his generous spirit. He always had a warm greeting for everyone as he travelled throughout northern California and the Reno-Sparks area. He was a beloved son, brother, uncle, father, and husband.
A celebration of life will be held at a future date. If you would like to express your condolences please visit www.waltonsfuneralhomes.com