James McVey

June 11, 1914  to  December 5, 2007

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The Life of James McVey

     Jim was born in Glasgow, Scotland on June 11,1914. This day was also the beginning of World War I. His mother always Joked that he was the cause of the war, but all who knew him know that with war came such a peaceful human being.

           Jim married the love of his life, Jean, on July 11,1940. They had two children, Christine and Janette, and lived happily in Scotland for many years while he worked for Rolls Royce.

In 1968, Jim. Jean, and Janette moved to the States to be close to Christine, who had moved there a few years before. They spent the happiest years of their lives in Oxnard, California, where "Scottle" (as his coworkers called him), worked at an aerospace company. After retiring in 1984, he spent time working in his beautiful garden, lawn bowling, going to church enjoying his family and of course, singing. His six grandchildren, five girls and one boy were his pride and joy.

           Jim's family and friends will always remember him as a person who was always full of life, and above all, love. He was a kind, generous, simple person who was always content with what he had. He had a song for every person and for every occasion.

           Jim was diagnosed with cancer in August. His last few months were difficult, but just as usual, he never complained. He was strong and determined until the end. His last hours were spent with all of the family around his bed singing to him, listening to bagpipes, and reminiscing about his ninety three wonderful years.


Jimmy and Jean enjoying watching a game of bowls

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Jimmy and Jean with daughters  Janette and Christine


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Jimmy was always full of fun