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James "Jim" Rookwood

1943 - 2017 Notice Condolences
James "Jim" Rookwood Notice
Jan. 4, 1943 - Nov. 15, 2017 Wilderville, OR Jim, aka Rook, was born on Jan. 4, 1943 to Walter and Marco Rookwood. He was raised in Vallejo, and graduated from Vallejo High where he was active in track. He finished a sheet metal apprenticeship at Mare Island and began his life long career for the Federal Government. He was a crane inspector, Supervisory Contract P&E and a Senior General Foreman for Work Center 29. Jim married Maureen Roddy in 1963 and they had three children, Carrie, Jimmy, and Christine. He was a very involved father and enjoyed taking his children camping, swimming, fishing and motorcycle trips. He was the President of the Vallejo Aquatic Club and helped coach both boys basketball and girls softball at St. Dominics Catholic School. Jim's fun loving personality was the magnet that brought all the neighborhood kids together. Jim and Maureen divorced in 1982. Jim moved to LaMaddalena, Italy for two years and married Carol in 1983. He learned to speak Italian while living in Italy and enjoyed renting speedboats and taking family and friends out to the local ristorante. Carol and Jim later divorced. After Mare Island closed, Jim transferred to Monterey, CA to the Naval Post Graduate School and later to the Defense Manpower Data Center as a Facilities Manager. He met Mary Andrews and they spent the next 22 years together. Jim always lived life to the fullest. He loved to hunt, raise hunting dogs, fish, ride his Harley, swim at the Y and go camping with family and friends. He always had a compliment for his "angels from heaven". He loved to tease, play practical jokes and in general make people laugh, even if it was at his own expense. Jim was large and in charge! He is survived by his wife, Mary; brother, David Pearson; daughters, Carrie (Ronnie) Paysinger and Christine Rookwood; stepdaughters, Carrie Andrews and Teresa (Tyrome) Cole; grandchildren, Shaye, Isiaha, and Jonathan; and step granddaughters, Jessica and Tracie; and step great grandson, Lucas Bell. His parents and his son, Jimmy, preceded him in death. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the .
Published in TimesHeraldOnline from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2017
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