Jimmy McCaverty was certainly
one of the best known members of the Mira Costa High School Class of 1960.
When he passed on Dec. 18, 2017, the notice on Facebook attracted more
than 400 responses within the first 24 hours. A few days later, his
daughter Christi posted a video of Jimmy looking back on his life.
Jimmy seemed to be everywhere in his latest Corvette--as he was in the earlier ones.
The celebration: "Live Like Jimmy"
Jimmy's daughter, Christi McCaverty, spoke at the reception at O'Donnell Hall after the mass at American Martyrs Church. Jimmy's son Brian was at the audio controls. The family parked Jimmy's beloved Corvette in front of the church for the occasion.
The church was full with standing room only long before the event began. The pastor later observed that twice as many people were there as would show up for Sunday services.
Like many others, Christi wore a decal with the theme of the day, "Live like Jimmy."
As about 1,000 others left the church, Mike Rambeau, Karen Richards Rambeau, Pam McEntyre, Jim McEntyre, Ken Allen, Kathy Allen and Diane Denholm Amendola posed in fromt of Jimmy's Corvette.
After the reception, many of Jimmy's friends gathered at Grunion's in
Manhattan Beach. This group consisted of Mira Costa classmates:
(from left) Dottie Savoie ('59), Sharon Archuleta Mansfield, Wayne Overbeck,
Peggy Stone Bodmer, Karen Richards Rambeau, Nanci Corcoran Kelly and her
sister Linda Corcoran Sandell ('57).
A ceiling tile from Grunion's became a memorial to Jimmy.
The MCHS Class of 1960 provided these flowers in Jimmy's memory.
Moving forward many years, Bob Becker, Bob Stitchter and Jim McCaverty got together at the
Mira Costa Class of 1960 35th Reunion in 1995.
Jimmy was the emcee at the Friday night event of the MCHS'60 40th Reunion in 2000.
At the 40th reunion, he posed with Priscilla Gibbons Haase
Jim McCaverty also posed with Bob Campbell and Jim O'Bosky at the MCHS'60 40th Reunion...
...and with others who attended American Martyrs School,
Carmen Daugherty, Bob Wildenberg and Tim McClure.
At the 45th Reunion, Jimmy was caught near the beverage collection at
the home of John Goodwin during an event there.
Always a reunion-goer, Jimmy posed with the balloons at the Sunday picnic of the 45th.
At the All-Class Reunion in 2010, Jimmy joined a group of others from the Class of 1960. From left, they are: Wayne Overbeck (kneeling), Mike Carden, Priscilla Gibbons Haase, Karen (Kay Ruppert) Suggs Darras, Jim McCaverty, Karen Richards Rambeau and Mike Rambeau.
Jimmy also joined Tony Colee (left) and Nancy Lewchuck Peterson at the MCHS All-Class Reunion in 2010.
Many members of the Class of 1960 first got to know Jimmy's daughter Christi when she attended all of the events at the 40th Reunion in 2000 to make a video
This photo of Jimmy with his brother Michael McCaverty and the photos below were first published on Facebook.
Jimmy was very close to his daughter, Christi. The photos here are only a sampling of what has appeared on Facebook...
One of Jimmy's most amazing traditions was chartering a bus for a tour of L.A. watering holes on St. Patrick's Day. This photo is from the 2014 event.
Jimmy and his daughter Christi were passionate USC fans--although both graduated from other universities.
We'll end with this photo, which really needs no caption. Jimmy lived a full life, didn't he?
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