James Joseph Sheekey II, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2017. Jim was born on October 6, 1937 and raised in South Philadelphia, the grandson of Irish and Swiss immigrants. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he was on the rowing team, on to the Wharton School of Business and then made the move to the beaches of Southern California in 1963. There he began his 50 year career in Los Angeles real estate and met his lifelong love on a blind date. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barbara, his son Patrick (Genevieve), daughter Catherine (Aaron Wachtfogel), and grandsons Sheamus, Kellan, Kieran and Thomas. He was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren and took much joy in all of the time the family was together. He was a much loved and respected man by everyone he met, a loyal and faithful friend whose advice was valued. Jim loved his life with Barbara in Manhattan Beach, active and successful in business, traveling, and playing weekly tennis and golf with his friends. Donations may be given in remembrance of Jim to the Aplastic Anemia Foundation & MDS International (aamds.org) or the two charities he contributed to regularly, Wounded Warriors (woundedwarriorproject.org) and St. Jude Children's Hospital (stjude.org). The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach on Friday, June 23rd at 10:00am.

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  1. Jim had such a fabulous sense of humor. My husband, Dan (deceased) loved performing improv with Jim and both of us watching his stand-up routines. There will be a little less laughter with the loss of Jim, but they’ll be laughing in Heaven. With greatest sympathy.

  2. Barbara & family, So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I am in Ireland leaving for Spain so will not be able to attend Friday’s mass. My best to you all at this sad time. Dennis Dinneen & family

  3. I have known Jim for over 50 years. We both came to California to work for IBM in the 1960’s and have kept in contact ever since. Very sad to see him go and he will be missed. Jim always had a great way of looking at life and we are sad to have this day come.

  4. Dear Barbara, I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. Jim was kind, wise, and had a great sense of humor and laughter. We all loved playing with him in our comedy troupe–April’s Fools. I will definitely miss him. Sending you and your family lots of love, hugs, and prayers. With my deepest sympathy, Doris Usui

  5. My husband and I shared an office space with Jim. He was such a lovely man. I thoroughly enjoyed our work breaks to “shoot the breeze.” Jim was smart, insightful, and, boy, did he love sharing stories about his grandchildren (and I enjoyed listening!). He was a very proud grandfather. Matt and I send our condolences to the Sheekey family.

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