James Vogan Pereira
A remarkable human being peacefully passed from this mortal plane on March 28th at his Carmichael residence. Our wonderful brother, father, papa, uncle, and friend, Jim was 96 years young.
Born January 6, 1917 in Ft. Jones, California, Jim was the eldest of Emanuel and Margaret (Mathews) Pereira's four children. As the story goes, he was a hefty bundle of joy at 13+ lbs!
His paternal grandparents migrated from the Azores and settled in the Scott Valley area where his Mathews side had ranched for generations; hence, his parents' union and their family foundation.
During grammar school, he moved to Dunsmuir with his mother and three siblings, Victor, Isabel and George. Jim excelled in academics, making straight A's through school "without taking home a book", as well as a fine athlete and ever popular amongst his peers and community. He was always working to assist with household finances and helped tend to the younger ones while his mother worked as a RN. He even set up and operated a little shoe shine stand in the downtown area. Jim graduated with honors from Dunsmuir High School at age 16.
He was encouraged and sponsored by late Senator Randolph Collier to attend West Point Academy, and, accepted by the Academy. However, because of his devotion to his family, he proudly chose to remain in the community.
Upon graduation, Jim worked for McCloud River Lumber Company, falling trees in the woods. Then, as fate would have it, an opportunity arose with Southern Pacific Railroad and he began a long career journey as a Caboose Supplyman in January 1937 (his original Social Security Card - same date - remains in his wallet in mint condition!).
He eventually retired as a Conductor on September 29, 1978. Jim was loved and respected by the entire community. A genuinely committed individual to family and friends, lending a helping hand and/or listening ear without hesitation. He was active in his SP Union, holding office and defending his co-workers' rights and well being.
Our family home was always open to others. When we, his children, came home from school and noticed one or more ole time "hobos" sitting under the cherry tree, munching on PB&J sandwiches, we knew Dad was 'home from a trip'!
He is remembered as an affable soul, veracious reader, with a keen wit and a funster at heart. Always available to join you in the kitchen nook overlooking the Sacramento River to solve the world's problems or engage you in a game of Cribbage.
A lover of the outdoors and nature, in his free time he was off fishing - all forms, hunting - all forms, camping with family, boating/water skiing, diving for abalone, and later, gold panning and/or mining on his claim. The latter was truly his passion and during his retirement years instructed a class at COS on the subject. It goes without saying, his students were captivated and oft times class ran over the allotted period!
Jim leaves behind his cherished brother George, children Michael (Sawyer), Marcia (Parlante) and Susan, as well as beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a multitude of friends.
It was his expressed wish that no services be held.
Rather, posthumously, he will host an evening of fine food, good drink and much frivolity at his favorite old restaurant haunt, The Piemont, in Mt. Shasta, June 1st.
At your earliest convenience, please contact daughter Marcia to reserve seating and ensure accommodation: 916-704-5825 or email@example.com.
A very special thank you to wonderful staff and friends at Sunrise Carmichael Assisted Living; to Joan for all those cookie goodies; and, great granddaughter Zaria for the frequent joy she brought to her Papa and other residents (including the adorable communal pets).
lnterment at Mt. Shasta Memorial Park, Lassen Lane, Mt. Shasta, California.