James R. Shoots, a Newark resident for 27 years, passed away on March 13, 2012 in Fremont at the age of 73. James was an English and Art teacher at San Lorenzo High School in Hayward for 37 years. He is survived by his sister Barbara L. Bruce of Santa Rosa, a brother-in-law, 3 nieces, 3 nephews, and dear friend Sandie Colbert. James enjoyed traveling, water color painting and tracking baseball statistics on his computer. He was an avid S.F. Giants fan and a movie buff. Family and friends are invited to attend a 2:00 P.M. Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, March 23, 2012 at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538. Remembrances can be made to the library at San Lorenzo High School, 50 E. Lewelling Blvd, San Lorenzo, CA 94580.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He will be sorely missed by so many family members and friends. He was such a positive presence at San Lorenzo High School with his ever-present cherubic smile and contagious laugh …. although there was a little devil lurking in the background waiting to pounce. I am honored to have known such a nice human being. Rest in peace.

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  2. I will always remember Jim for his hearty laugh, great sense of humor and dedication to teaching. He embodied the description of a “merry old soul.” Jim was always gracious and kind, finding the positive in all around him. I appreciate how he welcomed me as a “young kid” into B Lounge and the English Dept at SLz. He helped make the start of my career a positive one and am honored to have been his colleague, even if only for a few years. My condolences to all his family members and dearest friends.

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  3. I was a colleague of Jim’s at San Lorenzo High. What I remember most about Jim was his wry sense of humor, his kindness and gentle demeanor. His skill and professionalism was evident as a teacher and gave me a benchmark to seek in my career.

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  4. I am so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. I had the pleasure of teaching with him and being his friend since 1984. What a gracious man he was and such a gentleman, not to mention a gifted painter. I’ll never forget how proud he was to show me his latest beautiful painting.I will treasure my memeories of him and the many fun times we shared. I will miss him dearly.
    With my deepest sympathy,
    Kathy Fislar

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  5. I am very sad to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a colleague who enriched my career as a young teacher. When I think of Jim, I remember his hearty laughter, sense of humor, and his love of reading and literature.

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  6. Jim was a gentleman–a true, kind, sincere and gracious man. He was always good with encouraging words and was one that made San Lorenzo High School special for so many. He genuinely cared for kids and wished for them all to learn. He nevered wavered in his commitment to education despite the years of change. While others wanted to glide in their last years Jim wanted all the more to grow as a teacher. He will be missed.

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