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.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 15, 2009.