James Kikuo Shiraishi: A Life Filled With Love, Adventure, Great Dignity and Kindness
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Jim was born on October 30,1953 in Stockton, California. He became ill in March and was diagnosed with cancer in October. Sadly, Jim passed away in his home on Hooter Ridge in Salmon Creek shortly after dawn on December 9, 2018. He was 65 years old.
Jim was third generation Sansei Japanese-American. He was the eldest of three sons and deep admired and love by his younger brothers Richard and Calvin. In 1958 Jim’s family moved from Stockton to San Francisco and eventually settled in the suburbs of South San Francisco. Jim’s mother, Yemi, still lives in the family home.
After graduating from high school in 1971, Jim attended Cal Poly Pomona. He received degrees in Architectural Landscaping and Botany and lived and worked for several years in Southern California.
In 1977, Jim met Joy Call who was the sister of one of his friends. Joy invited Jim to come to Humboldt County. Jim accepted the invitation and fell in love with Southern Humboldt. He purchased property in 1980 and moved with his first wife Dorothy Cox and step-son Josh Cox.
Jim met Rae Allen at The Palace Bar in Ferndale in 1986. A mutual friend introduced them thinking they would be a good match. Jim and Rae quickly fell in love and Rae moved from Ferndale to the Hideaway house within a year of their meeting. Rae’s children, Jesse and Mea, joined them and a warm, family home was created and often filled with family and friends. Jim and Rae were married in San Pancho, Mexico in 1995. They began building their dream home on their Salmon Creek property in 2007. They moved into their beautiful home on the ridge in 2016.
Jim worked in the industry for many years. He was a skilled and talented gardener/farmer, a dear and compassionate friend and a fabulous cook who was often in the kitchen clad in an apron with a smile on his face. Jim was a special “Boppy” to his grandkids who looked forward his hugs and the special foods he cooked just for them.
Jim leaves Rae his wife and partner in life; his son Jesse Allen and wife Ronnie Chausse and their girls Ruby, Pella and Oona; his daughter Mea Terrell and husband Kyle Terrell and their children Olivia James (named after her Boppy) Coulter and Griffin and Cece Terrell; his step-son Cyrus Allen; his beloved sister-in-law Jill Girard and her children Tesa, Aaron, and Shane and Jill’s granddaughter Kaleia; and mother-in-law Cookie. Jim was pre-deceased by his father in 2003, and his first wife and son Dorothy and Josh Cox.
Jim lived an amazing life filled with love, adventure, great dignity and kindness. There was absolutely no person who met him that was not dazzled by his beaming smile, his warm heart and his generous nature. He will be so greatly missed by his family and his community.
It was Jim’s wish to have a small family gathering in Baja to scatter his ashes in the ocean that he loved and visited yearly.