On July 8, 2008, James (Jim) A. Hamill left us for a better after-life. He died of complications of Alzheimers in the Lingenfelter Care Center.
Jim was born on Oct. 27, 1924, in Colby, Kan. His parents, Arthur and Maureen (Fitzgerald) Hamill, operated a hardware store there.
During the dustbowl era when Jim was in his teens, his family moved to Los Angeles, where he completed high school at Los Angeles High.
He joined the Army in 1942. While in the Army, he married his first wife, Agnes, and they had four children, James, Stephen, Jeffrey and William (Bill).
Jim worked successfully for 35 years at General Electric as a salesman for medical equipment. After his "retirement," he worked in real estate, and in 1982, moved with his wife, Helen, to Golden Valley, where they started Hamill Real Estate.
Jim was involved during those years in GV Landowners, where for years he served as president and liked to call the bingo games.
He also joined the GV Water Board, where later, he was actively involved in setting up the water district. He joined the Lions Club, sat on the adjustment board for GV, developed a general plan for Golden Valley with Planning and Zoning and kept up with all activities of this department.
Jim is survived by all his children, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and his wife, Helen Hamill.
He is also survived by his stepchildren, Douglas and Michele Asselbergs, both of whom he raised through their teens. His sister, Phyllis, living in Torrance, Calif., is also still alive.
Jim's cremation was handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.
A celebration of life will be held starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at the Paradise Landowners in Golden Valley. All who knew him are welcome. No flowers, please.