James William Osborne (Jim, Jaime, Jimmy) was born on April 15, 1948 to his mother Nadine and father Floyd (Ozzie) Osborne in Torrance, California. He passed peacefully in his sleep in his home in Whittier, California on May 2, 2020.
When Jim was 17 years old, he joined the Marine Corps where he served two tours in Vietnam. After returning home, he worked as a journeyman at the docks in Long Beach, and subsequently became a full-fledged longshoreman where he worked for the rest of his life until retirement. He loved his job and was very proud to be a member of a long line of longshoreman in the family and part of the union. His wife Carol is also a retired longshoreman-OCU department. In 1989 Jim joined the National Guard and helped keep L.A. safe during the tumultuous times of the L.A. Riots. While Jim lived his entire life in Southern California, he spent many years traveling around the world and loved the Philippines.
Jim is survived by his wife Carol, his children Jennifer (Jim) Uruburu, Dana (Steve) Osborne, and Toni (Jeromy) Osborne, his stepchildren, Gil Cuenca, Queenie (Jorge) Atencia, and Mark Cuenca, his three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Jim had an incredible sense of humor, a unique take on life, and was loved by many. He helped raise his sister Sandra's children and was adored by them as a father figure. Jim was always generous with his time: he loved to sit outside over a roaring fire, to tell stories, pet dogs, watch fireworks, sharpen his knives, eat great food (especially black licorice), swim in the ocean, and fix old cars and bikes. He loved to travel with his wife Carol and was always looking forward to their next adventure together.
A private service will be held on May 14th 2020 at 11 am at White Emerson Mortuary and will be streamed on Facebook. His ashes will be spread across California by his loved ones and a Celebration of Life is being planned so that members of the family and his many friends can join together to remember him.
"I am so sorry for the loss of your uncle Jimmy. I only had the pleasure of meeting him one time when grandma Nadine came to New Orleans to visit your (mom and grandma) Sandy. He was around 13 or 14, I can?t remember. He and I were the same age both born in 1948. He told me he was a surfer.?? WooHoo!! That was impressive to me. I liked the beach ? and thought how cool that would be to know a surfer!!??? especially from California! Of course, you?re not going to find a surfer in Louisiana... Another thing that intrigued me about him is that he wanted to make tacos ??. Tacos??? I said what is that? (I lead a sheltered life?) Anyway we didn?t have any ingredients for the tacos so they never happened. After all Maw Maw would not let a taco upsurp her chicken stew....?? Even though it was a short encounter What I experienced with your uncle Jimmy is that he was a free spirited, uninhibited Nice guy.
May he R.I.P. God bless him?"
"For Jim, for family and for friends, I say this, I will cry no tears of sadness, I will cry tears of joy for his memory lives in my memory. From one micro second to the next micro second he will travel with me forever. SEMPER FI."