JAMES PATRICK SWEENEY James Patrick Sweeney, 82, passed away in Chico on July 31, 2015 surrounded by his family. He was born in Oakland, Ca on Nov. 4, 1932 to Irish immigrants Bridget Agnes Walsh and Michael Patrick Sweeney. Step father Patrick Joyce also had a wonderful influence in his life. He attended St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Oakland and graduated from Hayward High School along with his future wife Gen in 1950. He moved to Chico in 1967. Jim served in the US Army from 1954-1956 in Fort Belvoir, VA. He received his bachelor's degree in 1957 and master's degree in 1959 from the University of Calif. Berkeley. Completed his internship in hospital administration at Herrick Hospital Berkeley in 1958 and then served his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. His first administrative positions were at Elko General Hospital in Nevada; University of Calif. Medical Center San Francisco, and Prebysterian Medical Center also in San Francisco. We would like to thank Jim's neighbors and especially Pam who have been his friend and watched over him for many years. Also Dr. Verma, Dr. Sam Brown and the nurses and staff on DCU gave him excellent, compassionate care. He loved to travel the world and spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 36 years Kathy; daughters Kristy Cox of Redding and Michele (Steve) Scheurmann of Carmichael; grandchildren Cody Henderson of Chico, and Baily Henderson of Carmichael; sister Sharon Joyce of Woodland; sons James of Alaska, Michael (Jennifer Borenstein) of Davis and Patrick of Nevada City; daughters Colleen Sweeney, Jeneen (Rob) Thacker, Cathleen (Jimmy) Greenlee, and Maureen Sweeney; grandchildren Kaelen (Sarah) Davis, Ryan Davis and Claire Davis, Corrie (John) Logan, Matthew L. Thacker, Madeline Greenlee, Analise Greenlee all of Chico; Sophia Sweeney, Anabelle Sweeney of Davis; Jenna Sweeney and Krista Sweeney of Nevada City. Great grandchildren Santino. Quincy, Kingston, Jackson, Willa, Jack, Riley, and new baby Kaylee. A celebration of Jim's Life will be held at the Enloe Conference Center, 1528 Esplanade, Chico on Sat., Aug. 8th at 1:00 p.m. Donations may be made in James Sweeney's memory to the Enloe Pediatric Dept. Newton Bracewell Chico Funeral Home is handling arrangements. We will miss you "May God hold you in the palm of His hand".
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Published by Chico Enterprise-Record on Aug. 5, 2015.