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SHIREY, Jr., JAMES RICHARD June 7, 1994 to January 10, 2009 James (Jim) Shirey, passed away from a sudden illness on Saturday. Jim loved food, in particular sushi and pie, video games, Anime and spending time with his family and friends. Jim was preparing to graduate from Diamond Ranch Academy's Real Life Transitions program as a freshman in high school with a new outlook on life as a more positive responsible person. He can add this to his list of accomplishments which include a black belt in karate and being a champion Halo 3 player. He has never been beaten at the game of Risk and was the top chess player at his school. He loved life and always had a "mile of smile." He was a mentor to his classmates and a true friend who could always bring a laugh and a smile to any situation. His zest for life and love for his family and friends will be sorely missed. We take comfort in knowing Jim is in Heaven with his Grandpa Jack fishing, eating junk cereal and enjoying the all you can eat buffet. He leaves behind his parents, James, Sr. (Jim) and Susan (Sue) and his beloved brother, Matt, age 11, of Coronado, CA; grandparents, Jody and Tom Goddard of Blue Springs, MO, Darlene Shirey of Coronado, CA, Jim and Carrie Baker of Truth or Consequences, NM, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who will miss him greatly. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 17th, at 10:00 a.m. at Eastlake Community Church, 2355 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Coronado Schools Foundation James Richard Shirey, Jr. Fund to: 201 6th Street, Coronado, CA 92118, phone #619-437-8059.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 15, 2009.
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January 10, 2020
Love him and miss him very much. Gpa Tom and Gma Jody
January 30, 2014
Pop, Maggie and Daisy
Jim, Sue, and Matt, God surely called home one of his saints when he took our James. That is why there can be both sorrow and joy at the passing of one we lived so much. We cannot understand why things happen but we know it is not because God doesn't love us. Thank you for keeping his memory for all to share. Pop
Jim Baker
February 6, 2012
Today I was looking for Sue's address and used Google. The search enging took me to this Guest Book. An ordinary day turned extrodinary. I sat and thought about James and remembered being at the city market in Kansas City with my daughter, Chloe, James, Matt, Sue and Joe. James was five, Chloe was six and Matt was in stroller a wee little tot. The day was beautiful. Sunny, not to humid and Joe was clowning, Handing out ballons and smiles. James was concerned about Chloe's ability to push the stroller with one hand. She looked at him with her thousand watt smile and said we both can push Matt. This made James light up and he kissed Chloe's cheek. Chloe tilted her head up and smiled at James and both of them became friends forever. We love you James.
Stacy Eichman
January 12, 2012
Sue & Jim,

I read all the of the Guest book. Put all the thoughts, prayers & tears together and there comes more. Only new James at the Clown Show where he was a brave. Brave one at the end of the Rainbow.Love the Shireys!
Eichman Family
January 11, 2012
I love you and we miss you
Pam Dukes
January 10, 2012
There will always be a hole in our hearts. Time goes so fast but we will never forget our special James. Blessings to you today and always. With lots of Love.
Tom and Jody Goddard
January 10, 2012
Jim, Sue and Matt,
It is hard to believe that it has been three years. James continues to be such a strong and positive influence in so many of our lives. I know that as a student, James helped define me as an educator...such a wonderful spirit. Thank you for sharing him with us.
joyce montgomery/weaver
March 14, 2011
I did not know Jim personally but they he died while I was at DRA, i finally understood what people meant about live while you can. Im so sorry for your lost and I hope things are better
December 6, 2010

I did not know that your son had passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Brian Norvell
June 7, 2010
Sue, I'm at a lost for words right now... I had no ideal you lost your son. You have my deepest sympathy.
ron juarez
June 7, 2010
Sue, What a wonderful tribute to your son. My Thoughts and Prayers are with you, and your family.Thank you for sharing your son with us. Love ya lots!
Sharon Scroggs-Eikel
June 7, 2010
Dear Sue, Jim and Matt,
You are very special people, James was blessed to have you as family. As you celebrate James' Birthday today (knowing you miss him terribly) I wish you all the happiness your memories bring. After reading your journal entries, I have no doubt that James' smile will be shining bright all day.
Happy Birthday James!
Judi Stivers
June 7, 2010
Happy 16th Birthday, James. We love and miss you. RIP.
Grandma Jo Goddard
April 14, 2010
Dear Jim & Sue, Dean and Katie Van Leuven used to work with the Shirey family at the auction in San Diego. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your grief. Bless you all.
April 8, 2010
Corinne and my daughter Olivia.
April 8, 2010
Dear Sue, what a beautiful tribute to your son James. James has such a wonderful smile. I know that he is in Heaven with my daughter Olivia. They are both smiling down on us saying "Just be happy, because we are".

Peace and Blessings.

Corinne Ruiz,
Olivia's mom
Corinne Ruiz
January 15, 2010
Suzy Q,

It's hard to believe I could be so disconnected..had no idea you had lost James. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and Jim and Matt. I hope he is having his best adventure now with Jesus!
Christine Figueredo
January 12, 2010
You may remember me, as you were so very gracious in talking to me last fall, 2009, regarding my son, who is currently at DRA. I was fortunate in connecting with you quickly, because I know/used to work with your Mom. First, I want to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of your son, James. I know that you and your family truly treasure your time with and memories of James. I clearly realize, after reading more about James, that he was very special and had become so well prepared for life. His poems are absolutely amazing! I cannot imagine how much you must continue to miss him, but I know, as you do and have shared, that he is in Heaven and most definitely lives on! Second, I wanted to let you know that my son is doing very well at DRA and achieved Supervisor status. I just returned from my first visit with him. I so appreciate your support last fall, when I was in need! You are special! Thanks so much..
Dianna Gibson
December 31, 2009
I am having trouble with what to type. I have two daughters and can only imagine the pain. From reading the guest book it appears James lives on!
dave mosby
September 4, 2009
His first Sylvan recognition award for outstanding growth!!!
Hi Sue and family,
James was such a wonderful student here at Sylvan. He is lucky to have such a loving family. We miss and love him here at Sylvan.
Frances Lopez
April 24, 2009
It was so good to spend some time with you this morning. I miss James and his sweet smile. When I think of him I always think of when he slept over and wanted hugs before he went to bed. He gave such great hugs!!! My heart breaks for you, Jim, Matt and all your family. I love you guys and I am always here for you day or night, whenever you need me. James will always have a special place in my heart and his beautiful soul will always be present and a gift to all of us.
Elaine Tenen
April 17, 2009
Dear Sue,
I can't find the words to convey how sad and shocked I feel. My deepest sympathy.

Carl Santavicca
March 27, 2009
Jim, Sue, and Matt,
Always remember that our thoughts and prayers are with you guys all the time. Grand Canyon was incrediable and we would love to share the experience with you someday soon. If it is anything like heaven James is in an awesome place. We love you all!
Kelly Goddard
March 11, 2009
Dear Shirey Family,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss, and I know me saying that doesn't make it any better, but I just want you to know that James was a wonderful person (even though you already knew that!). I remember participating in school plays with him at Silver Strand and what a friendly, kind, caring, and funny boy he was. He will really be missed!
Colleen Colvin
February 17, 2009
We are friends of Tom and Jody, they have been such a blessing to our family and I can't imagine what they and you are going through right now. I am really sorry to hear that your son has passed, but the story you told about him being in a much better place encourages me that you guys will be fine. My family will be praying for your family. Where there is unity there is strength. Be encouraged and be blessed.
Matthew & Leloashia Taylor
February 11, 2009
To The Shirey Family,

You have may deepest sympathy.

I knew James thru Jodi - we worked together at Honeywell for years. I have a grandson,"James", also...he's 18. We'd share stories about our grandkids.

Please know that I feel your pain and pray that, in time, your days will get a little better.

I'm sharing the journey with you, as your Mom can tell you.

Trust God. That's all you can do.

Sheila Parks,
Kansas City, Missouri
February 9, 2009
Aunt Sue, my mom just rand the letter to me I was criing so bad my mom to.Did you see hem in your bedroom or the chichen.I wont to know?My mom saids hi me to.I have lose of queshtens. We miss you and pray for you guys almost everyday. love Garrin
Garrin Williams (8 years old)
February 8, 2009
To The Shirey Family,

I never got to meet your Son James or know of his quest in life. I am deeply saddend to of heard about his passing. To you all..my deepest sympathy. A prayer has been said that your loss eases and memories deepen in the future. This is an absolute wonderful way to share in all you've gone through in life with him.....Sincerely
Katie Lussier
February 8, 2009
God is with him in heaven...know that. May he be blessed for all of his good deeds on earth. Amen
Author Unknown
February 3, 2009
Dearest Sue, Jim and Matt:

Sending love and encircling all of you with love and prayers....this morning and every morning. My heart aches feeling the tremendous waves and infinite love holding each of you-Sue Jim and Matt,sweet James, Jim and Carrie, Jeff and his beautiful family, Jodi and Tom,sweet David and everyone in your extended family. There are no words that I can articulate here to express the emotion that is beyond comprehension, so with deep sympathy and love I will continue to pray and breathe on your behalf....with all my heart-
Ellen Evans
February 2, 2009
Jim, Sue, and Matt,
It was an honor to have worked with James in class. James made a significant impact in my life and I will always remember him and his free spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Del Merlan
January 31, 2009
Jim and Carrie
To my loving daughter Sue, and great son-in-law Jim, and of course wonderful grandson Matt. We can hardly go a minute without thinking of you. It is quite wonderful having this memorial site to review the many heartfelt thoughts and messages from so many. It is good to cry while reading the many entries. You all are special and some comfort comes from knowing that. We love you. Grandpa Jim and Grandma Carrie
Jim Baker
January 31, 2009
Jim and Family
I am deeply sorry about your loss. Much has been lost in the heart felt hugs you all recieved from him, and much was gained by the strength you have had through this all. Power and wisdom is what I have heard about your son and all his great accomplishments. He will never be forgotten and always be loved dearly by you all. He is safe and sound now and all you can do now is anticipate seeing him again soon. Be strong.
With much sympathy,
Giselle Estolano
January 30, 2009
James Shirey, Christmas Eve 2008 (taken by Uncle Jeff)
January 30, 2009
Jim, Sue, and Matt,
We were stunned to hear the news. Each of us have expressed our individual memories, but all of us have shared our profound sense of loss. A more reflective time will reveal the better place for James, but will not relieve the tug at our heart for the loss we feel. We know consolation is not possible at this point, nor even probably desired, but please know that we hope the road you're on right now will reveal a peace for you all knowing that James is with God and will be there for us all. Please know you're all in our prayers.
Nick, Jon, Andy, Barb & Buddy Young
January 30, 2009
Dear Jim, Sue and Matt,

I want to thank you for sharing your beautiful son and wonderful brother with us at Coronado Middle School. I will always remember my conversations with him and his larger than life smile. As much as we our educators responsible for teaching children, James was also a teacher sharing with children and adults alike, many valuable lessons on life.

I know I will see him again and when I do, I will want him to show me the best place to eat sushi and go fishing.

God bless you and your loved ones.
Jay Marquand
January 30, 2009
Sue, Jim and Matt, I will always remember how amazing and happy James looked when he ran into the kitchen and he so warmly embraced us at Christmas. He had accomplished so much and over come so many challenges. I have never been so proud of anyone in my life, and am so thankful that I got to play Halo with him for so long that night. There are no words that can describe my sorrow for your loss and our families grief. All of our hearts have been broken into a billion pieces. We are blessed to have this life and each other. I am praying for you all every day and I know James is in heaven with his Grandparents and God watching over us all telling us not to cry. He told me "don't worry Uncle David just follow me, I will show you the way." Somewhere over the rainbow we will all be together again. I love you and our family with all my heart and am here to support you. I love you James! On the wings of an angel may you rest in peace.

I am thankful to the Fortney family for creating this place to reflect and remember James Shirey's loving spirit.

God Bless You
David Baker
January 28, 2009
Sue, Jim, and Matt....Everyday I will always think of, and remember dear James, the funny things he would always say and do - a life time of memories! and memories that will make me smile, and keep a soft spot in my heart for him. You, my best friends, are so loved by me, and everyone you have touched. You are blessed, and we are here to support and care for you now and for the long haul.
Love, Eve
Eve Owens
January 28, 2009
I did not know james as much but i think he is a very good person from all the things i have heard about him. I am so sorry that happened to him I am pretty sure that James would end up doing more great things. I am so happy that this website is here to recognize his greatness
January 28, 2009
sorry for your loss to you and your family.
your frenid and fellow student,
domnique chapman
dominique chapman
January 28, 2009
Dear sweet family,
Through your tears and feelings of utter loss, embrace his memory and the joys you shared. You will always see the stars and know he is a part of it all. I'm so sorry you are in the place of pure heartbreak. With love,
the Street Family.
Heather Street
January 28, 2009
Dear Shirey Family...
There are no words to ease the loss of your beautiful son, James. Please know you are in our hearts and prayers.
And as each day comes full circle, and the quiet times of reflection bring an evening of serenity, may a distant dream find you, and lovingly remind you that you have an angel who will always keep a close watch...over you."
Much love,
Debbie, Sean-Ryan & Kelly McCray
January 27, 2009
Matt,Mrs.Shirey, and Mr.Shirey,
I am so sorry about what happened to James. He was a good friend of mine. I had lot's of memories with James. We always had a great time when we were playing video games. He always beat me. He was the champion. When ever we were hanging out we had a blast. I will never forget my good friend James
Leland Orr
January 27, 2009
Jim, Sue and Matt, The memorial service was a beautiful tribute to James; releasing the butterflies was heartwrenching, but at the same time so uplifting. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad time. We also want to thank you for your generosity in establishing the CSF James Shirey, Jr. Memorial Fund to help with our children's education. What a lasting legacy for James.
The Valle Family
January 27, 2009
Jim, Sue & Matt,
I am terribly sorry to hear about what happened to James, I can't even fathom what your going through right now. I hope you guys live in his memory and cherish the times you had with him. May he rest in peace.

-Amalia King (I also went to the elementary school, and middle school with him) =)
Amalia King
January 27, 2009
Jim, Sue & Matt,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son James. I can not express in words the sadness and grief I feel for you. Sue, you and your family are in my prayers. God bless, Erin Downey and family
Erin Downey
January 27, 2009
hey i am very sorry about the lost. its like my sister dieing and i love her so i cant imagaing how you feel
Michaela Keenan
January 27, 2009
There is nothing to compare
with the loss of a child,
and only those
who have known
such a tragedy
can truly understand
your sorrow.

Though words
may be meaningless right now,
may you find some comfort
in the love and concern
that surround you
from so many who deeply care.

In Sympathy
and Friendship
Rosemary Penny
January 26, 2009
Dear Sue and Jim,
I only knew Jim for a couple years in middle school, but I was so shocked to hear of this loss, so I did a little prayer for him and you, his family. I guess I just wanted to say that your story has really made me appreciate how long we have on this earth, may he rest in peace and may you find joy in his memory.
January 26, 2009
I never got the chance to become that great of friends with Jim while we went to school together. I remember always seeing him with a smile on his face and having a positive outlook. I was devistated when i heard if his passing. I was looking through the photo gallery on here and he changed so much since the last time i saw him, but as i read David Barkers entry... i knew it was for the better. All my sympathy goes out to the Shirey family and may Jim's memory live on. I hope we all get the chance to see Jim again some day :)
Brook Aragona
January 26, 2009
I didnt know Jim a whole bunch, but i do remeber talking to him at lunch. He always had a smile on. May he always be cherished and his memory be kept alive. Gob Bless you!
Tori Foote
January 26, 2009
Dear Sue, Jim and Matt,
We can only say how blessed we are to know the Shirey Family and to have known sweet James. We hope that this website will be a treasure to your family and to all who read it. We are praying for you all. Love you so much!
Lawrence and Jeanne Fortney
January 26, 2009
I never really met Jim, but i was so sad to hear of his passing. You have my deepest sympathy. May his memory be kept alive and his spirit happy.
Georgia Buck
January 25, 2009
I met you a few years ago when Jeanne Fortney and I met you and your friends in New York...
I did not have the pleasure of meeting your son - but I have heard such wonderful stories of you and your family. The funny stories and joyful memories are always your treasues to keep.
Even in the coming days and weeks as life quiets down, please know that there are many people who care about you and are praying for you and your family daily. May you feel the mercy of God's comfort wrap around you in the days to come.
Cheryl Smith
January 19, 2009
I Love You James
James Richard Shirey JR.
January, 17, 2008

My name is David Baker. I am Sue’s Brother and James and Matthew's Uncle.

To Jim, Sue, Matt and everyone gathered here today, there are no words to help ease the loss of our beloved, sweet hearted James, your son, your brother, my dear nephew, God’s child.

Please know that you are held close in every thought and prayer in this church today and a network of thousands of prayers are being sent to you and James from your extended family and friends in this moment from around the planet. James has brought us together as one family united in love.

Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean. Even though we can not see beyond the horizon our faith tells us there is more.

While we are mourning the tragic loss of James, may you take comfort in knowing the Angels are watching over him and that his great Grandfathers and Grandmothers have welcomed him into heaven.

James has now seen and merged with God’s Light. He demonstrated in his life a bravery and determination that has inspired a deeper capacity in me for love and compassion. I am grateful to have had the privilege to witness his personal transformation.

When James walked into the house on the day before Christmas Eve a few weeks ago, His Uncle Jeff and his cousins Jonas and Emma from Sweden and his brother Matt had made a colorful welcome home banner for him. When he ran through the door they shouted with joy, Welcome Home James! and sang for He’s a Jolly Good Fellow. As his Grandparents Jody and Tom embraced him what we saw was a confident, proud young man.

James had lost weight, was strong, clear eyed and poised. He continued hugging his family and was so happy to see everyone. I feel so blessed to have experienced this moment of victory with James, he had taken an arduous journey to find him self and returned home a hero.

The pride we all felt and happiness for Jim, Sue and Matt was palpable. A little while later James said “Uncle David do want to play Halo with me? I said yes even though I had no idea what Halo was. We grabbed a handful of chocolates and
proceeded to his room. James quickly instructed me in the complex workings of a device that had so many buttons and knobs that it seemed it would take a flight training school to master.

We began to play the game and as I struggled to get my bearings he said “ Don’t worry Uncle David, just follow me, I will show you the way” After playing for a while longer, he said “ Wow this is the highest level I have ever been able to reach, this is the furtherest I have ever come” James had come along way indeed not only in playing Halo but in his personal journey as well.

We talked about his school in Utah and he told me that it had been the hardest thing he had ever done in his life and that he had made it to the top level of the program in less than eight months and that he even played on the football team! He said tackling people was fun! As we talked I was moved by his presence and the quiet confidence.

Later that evening it was time for bed and James came up to me and gave me a hug that I will never forget, he held me so tight and said softly “I love you Uncle David thank you for being here”. He never hesitated to express his love to his friends and family.

James was born into this world feet first and lived with great vigor and intensity.
He completed his stay on this earth by turning his challenges into opportunities and demonstrating great acts of loving kindness to help and lead others.

My relationship with James has changed me forever, he continues to show me the way.

God Bless You
David Baker
January 18, 2009
Jim and Sue,
The service for James was beautiful. Setting the butterflies free was so spiritual, almost like you were releasing James' spirit into heaven. It's hard to have to right words to say at a time like this. My fondest memory of James was his infatuation with the Huge Barbie Package we put together for a Junior's Gala. I smile when I remember him. You should be proud of the fine son you raised.
Tracy, Mike, Zack, Drew, & Hunter Chance
January 18, 2009
Dear Sue and Jim,

I just had to let you know that James tribute/service yesterday was absolutely beautiful, you could feel James in the room and all the love he has brought to so many lives. The music ,speeches,letters,stories,pictures where really amazing and touching. I know it gives you both peace that James was on the right track in life and made such a big difference at the Academy and his trip home at Christmas having such a special time with the family. Hats off to James!! We know he is fishing with Grandpa Jack in heaven and catching lots of fish with his "Miles of Smiles".

Our Thoughts, Prayers and Love are with you always,

Lori and Jeff Couture
Lori and Jeff Couture
January 17, 2009
To the Shirey Family,
We lovingly remember James from his 4th birthday on, and we are deeply saddened for your family. Please know that you are all in our prayers.
The Ross Family: Charlie, Trisha, Lauren, Daniel, Charles & Steven
Trisha Ross
January 17, 2009
To Sue and Family, I read about your loss and wanted to express my deepesty sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Tom Simonin
January 17, 2009
I cannot begin to imagine the level of your grief. Your family is in our prayers. Based on recollections my freshman daughter has shared with me during this past week, it is apparent that heaven is lucky to have James.

Sincerely, Cara Abrantes and family
Cara Abrantes
January 17, 2009
Sue, Jim, and Matt, we are so lucky to have known James. We haven’t seen you much after we left the island but Chad thought of James as one of best friends. He pointed out today the charm on his phone was given to him by James. Special are our memories... we are still around and here if you need us… for anything - just call and we are there.
Donna, Bob, and Chad Seligman
January 17, 2009
Jim & Sue
Joan, Jim S.'s wife made us aware of this today, we are heartbroken for your loss. I'm so glad we were able to meet Jim at a couple of karate tournaments. I still use your wonderful line from when you first had Jim, "you're a much better parent before you have kids". We pray for peace in your hearts and strength to carry you through the days.
Much love Dave & Diedre Mikkelson
Diedre Mikkelson
January 17, 2009
Shireys, I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how devistated you must feel. I am "Diva", the drama teacher from Village Elementary and Coronado Middle School. My daughter Gemini was in the Coronado Academy with Jim and I was always in there helping out. Jim will always be the warm, caring, smiling, FUNNY young man that I knew and loved. How lucky I was to have known him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Betty "Diva" Anderson
January 17, 2009
Even though I didn't know James that well, and I only met him two times I knew he was a great person. Matt is in my classes and he is getting a lot of support. We all love James and he is in a good place. I am so sorry to the Shirey family but just rember he loves you all.
Tanya Enlow
January 16, 2009
No words can convey our sorrow for your loss. May you find comfort in your grief. Tamara. Jim, Kyle and Alana
Tamara O'Brien-Pokorny
January 16, 2009
Jim,Sue,Matt, and the whole Shirey Family,
I am so sorry for your loss, please accept my condolences and deepest sympathies. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers and we know he will be missed very much.
Crystal Schmidt
January 16, 2009
Sue, Jim and Matthew....words cannot express how sorry we are. You all are well aware of how special James was to me and my family. James was always so interested in our lives as we were in his. Jack looked up to him, Grace looked out for him and Jordan loved hanging out with him. He touched my life as a fourth grader and continued to do so until the morning I said good bye to him in my drive way as you left for Diamond Ranch. I told him that day how proud I was of him and that feeling has continued. Our lives are better and richer for knowing James Shirey. His contagious smile will be with us forever. Though we are on the East coast, our thoughts are with you and we know you are surrounded by so much love and support.

Paula, Joe, Jordan, Grace and Jack Navratil
Paula Navratil
January 16, 2009
Sue, Jim & Matt, Sue I've never met your family but your mom has talked about them a lot and how proud she is. Honey, I can't imagine the pain you all are feeling right now, but know God will ease it in time. You've always been a special lady. What beautiful tributes are being written about young Jim. It's obvious how special he was. Take comfort in that. Love, thoughts & prayers, Donna (Forrester) Ingram
Donna Ingram
January 16, 2009
The Shirey Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May the Lord be with you.
Michael Fletcher
January 16, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Fahey Family
January 16, 2009
You may not remember me, but I grew up with Janet and loved Darlene like an aunt. Chuck and Fran Lines are my parents. Your family was always loving and kind to me. We used to go on trips together as families and get together for some holidays. Always a fun time with you guys. And loved that dog Rufus. I know this is a very sad time. I pray for peace and comfort in your time of grief. May you all feel God's love through friends and family.
Danielle Lines
January 16, 2009
James Jr... You will always be my #1 Charger fan!!! Wave the Flag... for each touch down... Jim, Sue, and Matt... My condolences to your family. God Bless
Lisa Marie
January 16, 2009
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Lisa Marie
January 16, 2009
Our hearts are heavy -- whatever we can do to help, please let us know. Much love and sympathy, Carol & Rich & all the Hilovskys
Carol Hilovsky
January 15, 2009
Dear Sue, Jim & Matt,

We are still struggling to get our heads around the loss of James. He was always such a great kid - so funny and loving. "Big Jim" was especially kind to Aydan and looked out for him so well when Aydan had his accident. James took his role as class president of the Academy seriously and sensibly and it was at those times that we saw what a wonderful young man he was becoming. He was a great role model for our son and for the other students in the class. He will be truly missed.

With love from Lyn, Bryan & Aydan (the Collaton Scott Family)
Lyn Collaton
January 15, 2009
Dear Shirey Family,

Please know our hearts are aching for the loss of James. He was such a special person and a smile that was contagious. He holds a warm place in our hearts. What a wonderful angel he will be watching over all of us here on earth. Although his time was short here on earth, memories of him will last for ever.
The Rick Orr family
Victoria Orr
January 15, 2009
Dear Sue, Jim & Matt,
You are surrounded by the love of your friends and family. I hope that helps to carry you through this.
Our greatest sympathies.
The Udell Family
January 15, 2009
Dear Jim, Sue and Family,
Our deepest condolences at the loss of James "Jim", Jr.
You are in our thoughts and prayers and may peace be with you during this very difficult time.
We hope that the love of your friends and family with give you strength in the days ahead.
Please take care - God Bless all of you with love.

Respectfully, your friends,
Agnes and Sharmane
Sharmane & Agnes
January 15, 2009
Dear Jim, Sue and Matt,
Our hearts are filled with sadness for you and your family. We know how much you loved your precious James and how proud you were of him. Our prayers are with you always. May God bless you in this time of pain and sorrow.
Love always,
Kent and Teri Sharp
Kent & Teri Sharp
January 15, 2009
Dear Jim and Sue,

It has been many years since we have spoken, but this morning when I read about your loss of James Jr. my heart just sunk. I never did get the opportunity to meet him personally but I will always remember our trip to Puerto Vallarta when Sue was pregnant with him and how proud and excited you both were. You are both wonderful people so it is no surprise to me that James turned out to be the shining star he was. Please accept my heartfelt condolences at this difficult time.
Laura Carson
Laura Carson
January 15, 2009
Jim, Sue & Matt: Our condolences to you, your Mom and extended family. Go, to be at peace with Grampa Jack. With deepest sympathy,
Jim & Linda Renner
January 15, 2009
Our deepest sympathy; you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mickey and Tony Orfila
January 15, 2009
To the family of James Shirey, Jr.,

We did not personally know James, however, words can not express the sadness we feel for your loss. Please accept our condolences and deepest sympathies. Your family and James, Jr. are in our thoughts and prayers and we know he will be missed very much.
Trujillo Family
January 15, 2009

My heart is full of sadness of the thoughts of never seeing your precious smile, and hearing your sweet voice saying “Hi Auntie Janet”.
It comforts me know that you are with your beloved Grand Pa Jack.
The two of you have so much love for each other.
It give me some happiness that Grand Pa Jack gets to see your “MILE OF SMILES”, and I can hear your precious voice saying “Hi Grand Pa Jack”.
I find some piece knowing that you knew your Auntie Janet loved you very much, and you would always call me when ever you needed me.
You always made me feel very special, and loved.
My sweet James now the hurt is very strong, but I know you would want me to be strong, and only think of you with a smile instead of tears. ( I am working on that)
I promise to try to be strong, and supportive to your dad, mom, and Matt.
They miss you so much, but they cherish all of the wonderful times your had together.
You will always be apart of all of our lives,.
Your body may be away from us, but your radiant sprit will live in us forever.
I love you so much my “Angel Man”.
You will live in my heart forever.

Auntie Janet
Auntie Janet
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