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Page 8 The CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, August 11, 2000 II I I CLARENCE A. HUNT BROKER "'Open 7 Days a Week" 119 CLARESSA (310) 510-2721 FAX (310) 510-7234 I GREAT GETAWAY RENTAL INCOME Sharp 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Condo. Pool, Spa & Off-Street Parking Fee Simple Ground Pdce Raised $10,000. VICTORIAN-STYLE DUPLEX Can Be Converted Back To Tri-Plex. Great Rental Income As Duplex, Terrific rental As Tri-Plex. HI I I I I ! --- e-mail us at --- el.o m by DOUG OUDIN One person in a thousand has that charismatic quality that attracts other people like a mag- net and endears them to that per- son for eternity. Such was the case with "The Admiral," Mr. James Walker, who passed away on Tuesday August 1, while riding his custom Harley Davidson motor- cycle in the Mojave Desert. His passing was attributed to heat exhaustion: His death sent shock waves throughout the Two Harbors community, the boating world and into the lives and memories of everyone whose life he touched during his 70 distin- guished years. James "Jimmy" Walker leaves behind a legacy of enormous proportions. His personal resume reds like a who's who of far reaching"m g- ,nitude. His most public background was that of mayor of Manhattan Beach, where he endeared him- self as the true iconoclast of an otherwise staid and conservative political community. w evc.catalinacruises.corn He also served as; a council- man, sheriff, lifeguard, private investigator, minister (marrying dozens of Islanders), ship captain (safely transporting 32,618 boy scouts at Camp Emerald Bay over a 12-year period), real estate agent, notary (when he discov- ered Two Harbors needed one), bartender, founder of the Two Harbors Epicurean Society, entertainer, oil magnate, property manager, shoreboat operator, har- bor patrolman, campground ranger, coastal ranger, helicopter pilot, military hero (where he was introduced to agent orange in the Korean War), and more. But his greatest impact on life was that which he made on the people he knew. Jim Walker was a true friend, a kind and gentle man who had a unique and unequaled ability to make other people feel good, about themselves and about life in general. He lived life to the fullest, embracing each day as a gift of life, and reaching out to each person he met with a sincere interest in making them a friend. Each person he met felt they had just made one of those con- tacts in life that would be there for them forever, and he was. His friendship was genuine and his lust for life unending On Tuesday, August 8, family, friends and loved ones gathered at Two Harbors to celebrdte the life of Jim Walker. Beginning with a service at sea, that included a flotilla of 40 personal and company boats, Baywatch, a helicopter (the one he learned to fly this past year), the Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard, and a sky message plane flying the banner "We Love You Jimmy," the memorial at sea was both inspiring and touching. Afterward, Mr. Walker's friends and loved ones gathered at his favorite stomping grounds; the Two Harbors Restaurant, for Walker's celebration of life. About 300 folks turned out for the "party," as Walker had requested. In true Walker fashion, he had made a special request to his next s @t Secret lte lMo Trio Friday & Saturday Blwck Jeck Sunday Tuesday, Wood&Wire UednesdaJ, Come out and have a cocktail by the bay and enjoy some of the best music around James "Admiral" Walker was an institution at Two Harbors. of kin, Skye Walker, that upon It is quite impossible to his demise, his friends on Catali- encapsulate all he was and all he na gather together to have a party meant to so many people. on his behalf, where he typically He leaves behind a void in the insisted on "picking up the tab," souls of those who knew this leaving instructions as to how the wonderful man, but also a legacy tab was to be covered, of joy for having had the oppor- Throughout the tribute on tunity to know him. Tuesday, friends remembered the As his friends and followers man for what he was; a true gen- go through their daily lives in his tleman, a wise and considerate absence, there's not much doubt friend, a class act in all respects, that Jim Walker is up there stall- His passion for life extended ing somewhere, probably playing across social and cultural lines, his ukulele, and flying his own from his Catalina Island admirers personal helicopter, or water ski- to his mainland family and ing on the glassed off surface-of friends, the big pond in the sky. by JEAN DEVIRIAN I love fresh mushrooms, ones which are firm and fresh with a closed cap. They have a crunchy nutty flavor. The mush- room is amaz- ing! They are DEVIRIAN the highest protein vegetable with a good supply of niacin, riboflavin, folio acid and vitamins C and K. 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