James
O'Rourke, James Brian, Jimmy to his friends, passed away on Sunday, October 5, 2008 in Torrance, CA. Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, James was 64 when he died. James, a Vietnam Veteran, served 20 years in the Air Force. He continued to work in the aircraft industry spending nearly 20 years as an aircraft mechanic. He enjoyed his work, but loved his life, which he spent with many close friends and family. James could be counted on to lighten any mood and bring laughter to any room. He made friends easily and often. He will be remembered for his humor, kindness, and generosity. He is survived by Daughter, Katherine O'Rourke of Sacramento, CA, Brother, Jack O'Rourke of Philadelphia, PA, and Brother, Robert (Sandy) O'Rourke of Pasadena, CA. Preceded in death by parents Bertrand and Marjorie O'Rourke, Sister Peggy Bibeau, and Brother Billy O'Rourke. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Association We will be celebrating Jimmy's life Thursday October 9th at two of his favorite places. The celebration begins at 2 pm at the VFW on N. Catalina Ave. in Redondo Beach and moves to the Thirsty Club on Artesia Blvd. in Redondo Beach.

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  1. ALTHOUGH I DIDN’T SEE MY UNCLE “BRIAN” OFTEN,{ONLY MY DAD, JACK, CALLED HIM BRIAN, EVERYONE ELSE CALLED HIM JIM}, THE VISITS WE DID HAVE WERE MEMORABLE. MY FIRST MEMORY OF UNCLE BRIAN WAS WHEN HE CAME TO VISIT HIS BIG BROTHER JACK AND HIS FAMILY IN WAWA PA. IN THE LATE 60’S. UNCLE BRIAN WAS STANDING IN THE DRIVEWAY IN HIS DRESS AIR FORCE UNIFORM, HE WAS SO HANDSOME, I WAS 10 YEARS OLD AND I HAD A IMMEDIATE CRUSH ON MY UNCLE BRIAN. MY CONDOLENCES TO COUSIN KATHY, {I HOPE WE MEET SOMEDAY} AND TO UNCLE BOB AND MY DAD! UNCLE BRIAN, I LOVE YOU AND I WILL MISS YOU! YOUR NEICE, ROBIN

  2. I met Jim several times through his brother, Bob. He was, like all the O’Rourkes I’ve had to pleasure to meet, a thoroughly charming person and a delight to be with. To the O’Rourke family, my wife and I send our fond condolences. Hall Daily

  3. Bob and Sandy, It was always sooo much fun when Jimmy was at your house for a visit. We have such fond memories of his quick wit. Just know we are thinking of you. Lots of Love, Susan, Ken, Kris and Katie

  4. I VERY MUCH REMEMBER JIMMY AS A VALUED AND TRUSTED MEMBER OF THE TRANSIENT ALERT GROUP AT MCCLELLAN AIR FORCE BASE. I WORKED IN BASE OPERATIONS AND WORKED WITH HIM ON A DAILY BASIS. HE WAS A PROFESSIONAL AND A GENTLEMAN AT ALL TIMES. MY PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES TO ALL OF YOU.

  5. Dear Bob and Sandy and O’Rourke Family…My deepest sympathy for the loss of a brother, father, friend and veteran. My thoughts are with you. Steve Tobia

  6. No one could have loved a foster brother more then I loved Brian. When he moved into our home, I was in 1st grade. Brian, as we always called him, was in 5th (if I remember correctly). My mom fell in love with him right away. He was her little boy. He called her “Ma” his whole life. I will remember his sense of humor and the way he made me laugh. He never stopped telling me that he loved me. I will love and miss my brother, Brian, forever. I wish God’s Blessings upon you, Brian, and may He keep you in His loving arms for all eternity. Diane xoxoxoxo Brian: Your good Irish humor was what I will always remember about you. I’m a Brennan and you’re an O’Rourke. Wish we could have seen you one more time but a couple of good Irish lads like ourselves are sure to meet up again in Heaven. God Bless you. Your foster brother-in-law, Bruce We, along with our children Christopher, David, Tammy and Dana send our most sincere sympathy to Kathy, Bob and Jack. We want you to know that we are all better for having known your father and brother. We send our prayers.

  7. My thoughts and prayers go out to my Cousin Kathy and all who loved my Uncle Brian. Our time together was few and far between but the time spent with Uncle Brian were some of the best moments. I too remember him in Wawa, Pa in his uniform. I got to see him last…this time of year…10 years ago and I am so grateful he got to meet my two daughters. I loved my Uncle Brian very much. He longed for the same family unit that I longed and still do long for. My Dad Jack O’Rourke and Uncle Bob I am thinking of you both. Rest in Peace my dear Uncle Brian. All my love. Your niece…Teresa

  8. Dear Cousin Kathy,Uncle Bob& Uncle Jack, Words can not express the sadness I feel about Uncle Brain’s passing. For the past few months we had been staying in touch with one another. I will truly miss our converastions and Uncle Brian’s contagious laugh and good spirits. Someone so special can never be forgotten. May all of you find peace and love in the memories you cherish. Love, Kelly

  9. I always enjoyed my conversations with Jimmy when he was over for dinner with my mom (Sandy) and Bob. He had a great sense of humor, and was easy to talk to. My condolences to the O’Rourke family. Jimmy will be missed.

  10. Jimmy is a great loss to all that has come to know him. We would cross paths almost everyday for many years and jimmy would help me and many others through their day with his wit, kindness and concern for all.

  11. I am so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. I will miss him, and honor his memory – always. Jim lived with me and my son here in my home for seven years. He was always kind, generous, lighthearted and supportive. I did not learn of his passing until today (Saturday) and am so sorry to have missed the service. If you are his family, please contact me. I still have mail for Jim at my house and some still arrives. Some looks like tax bills for his house up north – some personal letters. I saw him in June and we said we would get together for dinner and he would pick it up – but our reunion, sadly, never came. Please do contact me. My sincere condolences – he was a very fine, caring man. Laura

  12. Bobby & Jack, I know how hard this is for both of you. Just know that Brian is in a better place and now laughing with all the O’Rourkes that have gone before him. Life is not easy, but one day, we will all be together and what a party that will be! Love, Carita

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