Harold James Griggs (1934 - 2018)

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H. James "Jim" Griggs passed away on September 4, 2018 at the age of 83. Jim was a family man, friend, successful and respected real estate professional, world traveler, avid golfer and fly fisherman. He was quick to jump in when he recognized a need, bringing a group together to solve the problem at hand. Jim loved people, having fun with his friends, and creating situations that set the stage to do that. He became lifelong friends with the people he met professionally and often found ways to work with his friends from other parts of his life. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gail. Jim was born September 14, 1934 in Pierre, South Dakota to H.F. and Belva Griggs. His family moved to Sacramento, California when he was a young boy, where he attended school and graduated from Grant High School. With help from an alumni scholarship, Jim started college at the University of California at Berkeley as an engineering major. He soon discovered his interest in real estate and finance. Jim had many fond memories and colorful stories of his time at Cal, especially his time living at Bowles Hall, where he served as President. He earned his BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Real Estate and Finance in 1957. Jim started his career in real estate at Northwestern Mutual Life, ending up back in Sacramento working in the mortgage banking business and eventually becoming President of Buhler Mortgage Company. When Buhler Mortgage sold, Jim decided to start his own company, Financial Investment Advisors, initially converting the garage of his home into his office. Financial Investment Advisors evolved into F.I.A. Associates, Inc. Jim was the former Chairman and President of F.I.A. Associates, Inc., a financial consulting firm specializing in public pension funds. The organization, founded in 1974, was ultimately sold to Alex Brown-Kleinwort Benson with Jim remaining on the Board of Directors for several years before retiring. Later, he was Chairman of Buckeye Pacific Investors Corporation, a family real estate investment company in Monterey, where he enjoyed coming to the office into his eighties. Jim and Gail have lived on the Monterey Peninsula for over 35 years and have played a role in many community organizations and charitable activities there and around the world. Jim played as an amateur in the team portion of the AT&T Pro-Am for 16 years and helped to start the Golf for Kids benefit tournament held each year on Monday of AT&T Pro-Am week to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula for several years. Jim was also a past member of the PGA Tour administrative team for many years, serving on the PGA Tour Properties Board, something he enjoyed very much and that was a big part of his life. In connection with his love of fishing, he started and served for 25 years as Chairman of the Board of Friends of North Coast Fish, Inc., dedicated to the enhancement of salmon and steelhead fisheries in the Pacific Northwest.Recently, he served on the Board of The Bowles Hall Foundation, helping to restore Bowles Hall on the Cal campus. Jim and Gail enjoyed traveling together, with many of their trips shaped by a love of golf and fishing, but mostly by the love of their golf and fishing friends. For years, they made regular trips to Nairn, Scotland and Augusta, Georgia for The Masters where they made many wonderful friends. Jim especially loved spending time at his home on the North Coast of California, enjoying time relaxing and watching the waves with Gail and his two Maltese pups, Skye and Alfie. Jim was a longtime member of Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Overseas, he was a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and Nairn Golf. He was also a member of the Old Capitol Club in Monterey. In addition to his wife, Gail, Jim is survived by four children: Ken Griggs (Dot), Chris Griggs (Stacey), Lorene Sublett (Martin) and Tracy Hammond (Gary). He had eleven grandchildren: Allison Galloni (Chris), Jeffrey Griggs (Brianna), Rachel Griggs, Kimberly Griggs, Peter Griggs, Stephen Griggs, Alexa Griggs, Julia Griggs, Elizabeth Griggs, Andrew Sublett and Amy Sublett. He had two great grandchildren, Tanner Galloni and Taylor Galloni. He is also survived by his two nieces Cathy Williams and Carolyn Chapo. He was predeceased by his older sister, Bonnie Knoop. Jim enjoyed the simple things in life as much as the extravagant ones: a brisk morning walk on the beach, sitting down with a cup of black coffee and a stack of newspapers, the sunset with a glass of wine. Affectionately known by his friends as Griggsy, Jimmy and even The Great Griggsby, he accomplished much and leaves behind a wide circle of family and friends with fond memories of time spent together. A celebration of life will be held at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club on September 30, 2018 at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Boys and Girls Clubs of the Monterey Peninsula or The SPCA for Monterey County. Please visit: www.thepaulmortuary.com for condolences and guest book.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Sept. 16, 2018
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The Paul Mortuary
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