Jim McCabe

Sportsman, pilot, beloved husband and father

A memorial service for Jim McCabe will be held on June 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Todd Memorial Chapel, 325 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Mr. McCabe died at his home on May 29, surrounded by family after a brief battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.

Born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, Mr. McCabe attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He and his wife Karen married in 1967 and moved to California in 1974. Mr. McCabe worked in the construction industry and ultimately he and his wife owned their own manufacturing business for 28 years. He enjoyed 6 wonderful years of retirement.

Mr. McCabe was a pilot, an avid sportsman and an excellent chef. He enjoyed all outdoor activities and cooking for his family and friends, and was known for his passion for life. He was a past master of the Claremont Masonic Lodge #436 and a lifetime member of SASS and the Commemorative Air Force. He was also a member of the Santa Ana hangar of Quiet Birdmen.  His philosophy was “if it had wings, why wasn’t he flying it?”

He is survived by his wife, Karen; by his daughter, Susan and her partner Laura; by his son, Jay and his wife Tina, and their 2 children, Abby and James; and by his sister, Betty.

Family shared that Mr. McCabe was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend who will be greatly missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be sent to the National MS Society, Pacific South Coast Chapter (12121 Scripps Summit Drive, Suite 190, San Diego, CA 92131). Or donations may be made to help fund commissary food coupons for needy families at Camp Pendleton via Armed Services YMCA, Lt. Col. Bob Therrien, 837 Seagirt Ct., San Diego, CA 92109 (Jim McCabe on memo). 


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