Harkins, James B., a resident of Torrance, CA, passed away on Saturday, November 20, 2010. Born in Redondo Beach, CA in 1928, he was 82 when he died. Jim was a lifetime member of St. James Catholic Church where he served as head usher for many years. Jim had served in the army and was posted in Berlin following the end of World War II. He graduated from Redondo Union High School after being discharged. He went on to have a career with GTE telephone company for more than thirty years. He also worked on the Parks and Recreation Commission and had a great interest in Redondo Beach politics. An avid fan of sports, his biggest love was held for Notre Dame Fighting Irish football. Jim is survived by wife Virginia Harkins of Torrance, CA, and Sons, Mike (Yolanda) Harkins of Simi Valley, CA, Alan (Julie) Harkins of Torrance, CA, Brian (Frank Rook) Harkins of Van Nuys, CA and 3 grandchildren: Jennifer, Christopher and Lauren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and William Harkins and his first wife Elizabeth. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Sunday, November 28, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Service will be held at St. James Catholic Church on Monday, November 29, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow at St. James from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.

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  1. I will always remember Jim as the gentleman of faith he was. From my days growing up as a youngster to my years as a priest…he was the model of service and with a smile on his face. God bless your trip home to God. Mark

  2. We will always remember your kind and gentle ways. May Our Lord be with you and may He give comfort to your family and many friends.

  3. You were such an inspiration and such a part of not only my life but of my parents,Helen Anderson and the late Bob Anderson. We will miss your stories and jokes – may you have the last laugh.

  4. May our loving God give the family strength and peace knowing that Jim is waiting for them on the other side, with a smile and a joke or two. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by many.

  5. May he find eternal happiness in His Kingdom. Our love and condolences for your loss, Cory and Michelle Johnston

  6. Brian (and Harkins family), I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts are with you and your family. I know it’s been a while since we’ve crossed paths, but we try to get together with the gang every once in a while. It would be great to see you and catch up. Take care, Scott

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