James Bernard Keating born April 18, 1945 in Lawrence MA, passed away on Thursday September 15th at the age of 66. Jim, as he was commonly known, was raised in Redondo Beach, CA. He was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Aviation High School in 1962. He voluntarily served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1966. During his service he was an aircraft mechanic assigned to F104's and F105's at both George AFB in Victorville, CA, and Da Nang AFB in Vietnam. On July 10, 1967 he was hired by United Airlines in San Francisco where he put his military training to good use until retiring in 2002. Also in 1967, he married and relocated to Newark, CA. In 2010 he relocated to Antelope Acres, CA to be closer to family. Jim was dedicated to his profession, his family, and friends too numerous to count! He was an advocate for all he believed in, and an adversary of what he did not. Never shy or short on words, everyone always knew where he stood. He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Alice Keating, and his brother Ken Keating. He is survived by his sisters Dorothy Young of Wichita, KS and Sharon Thoren of Las Vegas, NV; his son James Keating of Antelope Acres, CA; his daughter Mary Holland of Las Vegas, NV; and four grandchildren whom he adored, Jimmy, PJ, Andy & Kaitlyn. Services will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, CA on Saturday September 24th at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Halfway to Home, Inc., P.O. Box 512 Rosamond, CA 93560. Halfway to Home is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding good homes for dogs. Your donations are tax deductible. www.halfwaytohome.net.

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  1. “Uncle” Jim was a good man who treated me like his own. I owe a lot to him and wish I had kept in better touch as I got older. He always let you know what he thought and a few of his words changed my life. They were “you don’t want to join the Marines not that, that would be bad, but you should think about the Air Force. It did good things for me and your brother.” With this I called off my commitment to the Marines and later joined the Air Force, where I have been serving for the last 18 years. There are countless other stories but words cannot tell how he helped raise me. I can honestly say that the man I affectionately called my “Uncle” has helped shape my life. I can only hope that he knew how much he did for me and how much I cared for him.

  2. I’m sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was my neighbor when we were kids living on Perkins in Redondo Beach. There was four years difference in our age and I remember him as Sharon’s big brother and kind of looked at him in the same manner, although he never knew it. It’s funny I was just teling my husband about a time when some of us took him to March Air Force Base for one of his tours to Vietnam. We were in the area and it was a memory that came to mind. I’m sorry for the families loss and hope that all of the memories that you have of him stay embedded in your heart for ever.

  3. Jim my prayer go out to you and your family on your sudden loss. Please accept my hearthfelt sympathy on the passing of your father. Juan Garcia

  4. Uncle Jimmy, I wish i would have gotten to spend more time with you and for you to have gotten to know my husband and my kids. You will always be in my heart. Love Susie

  5. I was 12 when brother Jimmy was born. I still see in my mind’s eye the little boy, sometimes mischievous that I was priviledged to be big sister. I am also very aware that it has been Jim that has been there, both physically and emotionally, for me in many of the important turning points in my life, supporting, someone I could say anything to, knowing responses would be honest. Although our time together have been limited, It’s impact has been great. I hurt that I cannot be phyically present with the family today.

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