James C. Blom
Jim passed away in Sonora, Calif., a place where he found complete peace among nature, trees and sky — where his ashes will be respectfully scattered at a future private gathering.
He was born and raised in Alameda, attended Edison and Lincoln schools, graduated with the Alameda High School (AHS) Class of 1977 and completed courses at Chabot College. Jim played water polo, swam and in his younger years, played many competitive holes of golf at Chuck Corica Golf Course. He also organized many golf tournaments for St. Philip Neri.
Weightlifting and working out remained an important part of his daily routine throughout his life.
He was a skilled masterful machinist for more than 30 years with General Grinding in Oakland, was brilliant with numbers and a fix-it kind of guy. More recently, he earned several customer service awards as a Walmart associate in Sonora, where loyal return customers often requested him by name.
He loved to go duck and pheasant hunting with his grandfather’s guns, along with his father and Chesapeakes Max and Gus.
Jim was super-passionate about 427 Cobras and all things fast on four wheels. He lived by the motto: “Bigger, Faster and Louder.” His most recent hot rod was a gorgeous 2015 Dodge 392 Hemi Challenger with a specialized Flo Master intake exhaust system. His favorite Sunday of the year was the Indy 500 every May, and he loved to watch Street Outlaws any day of the week. His other passion was all things Led Zeppelin. He happily bragged about seeing this iconic band live at the Oakland Coliseum on July 23, 1977.
His love of cooking (and eating) started at the age of 10 when his Grandmother Gagie let him make breakfast. This grew into another passion that helped him relax and unwind. He was famous for his delicious crab mold (made with real fresh crab), potato salad, Spanish rice, spaghetti, fresh blueberry pies, homemade pesto, lamb chops, crusty chicken, barbecue ribs and Grillin-N-Chillin on his Traeger.
He lived for the Farmer’s Market in Sonora every May to October and never passed up a good chili relleno, Five Guys Burger, lamb shank, prime rib, lemon cream pie from Nation’s, strawberry watermelon sparkling ice or a cup of Hawaiian hazelnut coffee.
Jim had a treasured pipe collection, loved a good cigar and the aroma of Cavendish tobacco.
He enjoyed history, World War II, Patton, MacArthur, Johnny Carson, Hogan’s Heroes, Boston Legal and The Lion King. He was “Pappa” to dozens of hummingbirds and faithfully filled their feeders with sweet nectar juice. A good guy who would not hesitate to help a friend or neighbor any day, anytime, anywhere.
He loved to play Crazy 8’s, despised UNO and was a master at Cribbage. He always made time for a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond, with coupons in hand, and the Harte of the Kitchen Store in Twain Harte, Calif.
A man of many hilarious voices, including the Swede, Irishman, Englishman and the ever popular “Old Man,” he had an infectious laugh, a silly grin and a witty, quick sense of humor. One never knew what was going to come out of his mouth!
Jim was also a grateful and humble member of Alcoholics Anonymous, where lifelong unity, support and fellowship kept him in check with unconditional love, welcome and hugs wherever he went. He gained strength, courage and wisdom from so many who embraced him here and in the Mother Lode.
Predeceased by parents Lois and George Raymond Blom, and grandparents Mabel and Charles Blom and Myrtle and James Mills, Jim was the proud father of Matthew Blom and Rebecca Miramontes, grandfather of Leila Miramontes, loving brother of Ed Blom and sister-in-law Stacy, a special uncle to nieces Chelsea Waldrup and Melanie Blom and the longtime friend of Debbie Hinton.
Also left behind to cherish his memory are: childhood best friend “Dr. Bob” Kleinhans and his wife “dudette” Kelli of Sonora; Beloved roommate and “sister from another mister” Vivian Jones of Turlock, Calif.; Debbie Hinton, mother of Matthew Blom and forever friend of Jim, his “Pammie” (Pam Williams) who was the bright light, his number one cheerleader and the love of his life since they were 17.
A mass will be offered for the repose of his soul this Saturday, May 4, at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. A gathering at Five Guys Burgers located at South Shore Center will follow.
A celebration day for Jim will be held on Friday, May 17, at the Alameda Elks Lodge from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will include companionship, food, memories and music. Another Celebration Day is being planned for a later date in Sonora.
In closing, Pam Williams, his loyal girlfriend, has been left to honor, grant and carry out Jim’s last and final wishes. He stated that the following persons are not welcomed or invited to attend the planned celebration days and are asked to let him rest in peace: Karen Blom Boswell, Wallace F. Boswell, Christopher J. Boswell, Elena Goldblatt, Wesley Boswell, Ryan W. Boswell and Jodie.