Always like to be called “Jim,” was born March 6th, 1923 to Henry and Flora (MacKinnon) Paine in Highland Park, IL, the youngest of 4 sons. Jim made the trek from Illinois to Southern California to Washington state, and other destinations before settling on a chicken ranch on the outskirts of rural Santa Rosa in 1935. In 1943, Jim was inducted into the US Army, receiving his high school diploma from Santa Rosa High along with Army induction papers. He served in Europe as a combat infantry man where he was wounded and awarded a purple heart.
After returning home, Jim enrolled at SRJC where he met his bride of 66 years; Dolores “Bickie” Bickford. Jim and Bickie married January 9, 1948. Bickie preceded him in death April 9th, 2014. They have 5 children, Jim Jr. (Vicky), John (Charla), Jerry (Carol), Judy, and Janet (Gary); 7 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
Jim and Bickie enjoyed an active social life; pinochle with lifelong college friends, square dancing locally and across the US. After his retirement from the US Postal Service, they travelled extensively with pick-up and travel trailer, more than 400,000 miles. Jim would always like to recite “from Alaska, Mexico, up into Maine to the tip of the Florida Keys. Many winter months were spent in Quartzsite, AZ. Above all, he loved spending time with his children, spoiling his grandchildren, and counting his great grandchildren.
After a large family gathering to celebrate his 94th birthday, Jim passed quietly a few days later, Friday March 10th at home, in the presence of loving family.
A memorial service will be held at the Santa Rosa Memorial Park Chapel on Franklin Avenue, Saturday, March 25th at 11:30. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, April 23rd, details are still pending.