Awe! Awesome guy!! My heart still holds a special place in my heart for James. I was working at the Avila Jetty with him when this happened. It was a very sad time in Avila but I love that his memory still lives on with the memorial.July 14 at 9:35pm
Yea, the guy was an institution in Avila.July 14 at 9:53pm
I still miss James. I remember that all he wanted to do when he grew up was to be a ski instructor in the winter and a surf instructor in the summer. His funeral on the pier was very memorable.July 16 at 9:34am
James was a great guy! I only wish we would have stayed in touch. We will meet again my friend.
We will meet again!
The plaque that was created for James was perfect as he was all smiles, even his eyes smiled all the time. I lived in Avila Beach a few houses away from James. I had the fortunate pleasure to see him everyday: if I didn't get my, "Hello beautiful" from James all was not right in my world. His personality was contagious he was so happy all the time: I honestly have no recollection of James ever being anything but happy and up. James' death deeply affected me as one day he was there big as life (we partied together, danced with "Dave the Wave" at Olde Port Inn, I was even there when James met Christa, the love of his life, a blue eyed beauty for a brown eyed hunk) then it seemed he was gone. He was supposed to get treatment at Stanford and next I know gone, I didn't visit at Stanford because I thought he would be right home. James had the kind of atmosphere that put everyone at ease, apparently the man upstairs felt he needed James more than us, too bad, I will always love James and never forget his contributions...what a one of a kind guy. No words can express my sadness I can only say I felt special to know James.