James Anthony Demarest

A resident of Alameda for more than 50 years, James Anthony Demarest died peacefully at his home on May 20, 2018, after many years of declining health. 

He was born in Queens, N.Y., in 1942. Jim is survived by his wife Mary; sons Dan and Jeff; daughter Heather; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed.

After high school, Jim joined the U.S Navy. He had many tours of duty on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) especially during Vietnam. During his time in the Navy, he met the woman of his dreams and married her on Nov. 28, 1968. At this point Jim decided to go into the Navy Reserves, in which he served for another 30 years.

On Dec. 24, 1969, Jim began his long career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He served many roles: mechanic, shuttle driver, giving drivers tests, tour guide and clerk. He spent 40 years building life-long relationships and making people laugh. Jim especially liked taking agents down Lombard Street in San Francisco, “the crookedest street.”

His post-retirement was spent doing his favorite thing, being on a baseball field. Through his lifetime, he loved playing and watching his three children play the game. Upon retiring he began umpiring which put him back on the baseball field. He decided to umpire girls’ softball and loved it, especially if “someone was heckling him.”

We are very thankful to the compassionate health care providers at Alice Home Care, friends and family that lent support over these years.  

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Jim’s life this Saturday, July 14, at noon at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to The American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org/donate.