Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
September 8, 2011 11:49 am EDT


BOULDER, Colo. — James Herbert Caldwell, formerly from Mount Vernon, passed away Sept. 3, 2011, in Boulder, Colo., on the 71st anniversary of his marriage to Lucille Cooper Caldwell, who preceded him to eternal rest.

He is survived by his three children, Ann Blakely of Ridgeway, Colo., James Caldwell Jr. of Sonoma, Calif., and Christine Caldwell of Boulder, Colo.; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Jim was born Aug. 11, 1911, in Ravenna, Ohio, prior to World War I, graduated from Ohio State University as a Mechanical Engineer during the Great Depression, and served his country designing, manufacturing and maintaining the fleet of marine diesel engines during World War II. He raised a family in Mount Vernon and, later, on the beaches of Southern California. After retiring to Fallbrook, Calif., Jim came to Boulder following the death of his wife in 2002. An avid bridge player and golfer, Jim was the consummate craftsman whether restoring antique cars, fixing anything that came to hand, or designing a garden.

He will be remembered by all who met him, whether casually or for a lifetime, as one who possessed a dogged determination to complete the assignment at hand but most of all, for decency, respect for others, wonderful off-key signing, and simple good cheer. It was a privilege and true pleasure just knowing him.

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