James Paine Obituary
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, James P Paine, departed this physical life for the one in Heaven on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Kay; his sons, Stephen (daughters, Heather and Kristen), Michael (wife, Bonnie and daughters, Jayme, Samantha and Jessica), and the princess caboose Julie (son, Garret). He was preceded in death by his mother, Bertha Paine; beloved aunt, Claudia Priefer; brothers, Walter and Bruce; and infant grandson, Austin.
Jim was born on June 28, 1930 in Rochester. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1948. He met his future wife through mutual friends who thought it’d be great idea to set them up on a blind date. For 67 years they remained committed to each other, and to life. Jim served in the Military Police for the Korean War, left honorably to work at Whitings Nursery, then as a policeman for the City of Rochester, finally spending 22 years with Motorola C&E before retiring.
He loved John Wayne movies, Ken Follett novels; hated the thought of a hearing aid (much like his mother, aunt, and those certain cousins) yet he loved classical music played loudly in his car. He loved and adored his family, and could never find fault with them though they may be chronically late, and missing tools for which he’d have to “make a Home Depot run.”
To those who knew him well, was to know that he would do anything for anyone at any time, including climbing tall ladders at 80 to place the star above the Christmas tree at church, paint the very tall ceilings in his daughter’s house at 77, or help redo the electrical wiring of his son’s trucks. He gave of himself, his time and his energy in any manner that he could.
The family wishes to thank the physicians and staff of St. Marys Hospital, Mary Brigh, 6G in Rochester for the excellent care they provided Jim/Dad during his final days, and also the compassion with which they gave us as he peacefully passed away.
In his last gift, his last generous gift of himself, Jim donated his body to the Mayo Foundation to teach future physicians. May they know how beloved, cherished and adored this gentle man, and gentleman, was.
The funeral is Friday Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. at the Lake City Methodist Church.