James R. Geaney

James R. Geaney

April 06, 1938 - February 19, 2010

James R. Geaney

April 06, 1938 - February 19, 2010


James Richard Geaney passed away February 19, 2010 at 8:29 pm. Jim is survived by his loving wife Lynn of 47 years; his daughter Teri Dawson; his sons Steve and Dan, and their respective families, with a total of 6 grandchildren. Jim’s sister Julie and brothers Dennis and Tim and their families also survive him.

Jim was born April 6, 1938. Also known as Jimmy Dick, he was recognized as a musical prodigy at a young age. His love of playing the piano was with him throughout his entire life. Jim also had a passion for horticulture and fitness expressed by keeping an immaculate yard and maintaining a disciplined fitness regime at the gym.

Jimmy Dick – affectionately shortened to J.D. by his close friends and family – was an active and enthusiastic member of his community. He played piano with the church band at Mass every Sunday at St. Timothy’s Church in Laguna Niguel. He managed many little league teams throughout his sons? childhoods with much success. Countless players affectionately remember key life lessons learned from coach Geaney.

After 27 productive years at IBM Jim spent the rest of his working days as a substitute teacher in the Capistrano Unified School District. He also taught private piano lessons at home on his cherished Steinway grand piano.

In the end pancreatic cancer took him from us. The suffering ended with a 60 hour wake during which his family and closest friends gathered at his bedside to pay their respects and wish him a final bon voyage straight to heaven into God’s hands. He smiled through the pain to communicate his love and appreciation to everyone who was present.

The Memorial Mass will take place on March 5th, 2010 at St. Timothy’s Church in Laguna Niguel at 10:00 am.

Donations can be made to the following:

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000
El Segundo, CA 90245
Phone: 310-725-0025


Vitas Hospice
220 Commerce, St. 100
Irvine, CA 92602

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12 responses to James R. Geaney

  1. Patti Lamb says:

    Jim, you will be so missed. I feel honored to have had you and Lynn as dear friends for so many years. I know you will be playing the piano for all the angels in heaven. Love, Patti

  2. I grew up just around the corner from Jim’s house in Lakewood Ca. Everyone said we looked exactly alike. I would get mistaken for him many times. We were friends early on and lost touch later. Jim was one of the good guys. Loved to hear him play the piano although he was somewhat shy about it with his friends.
    We were the same age. I was Aug.19,1938 so I will probably join him soon. I think of him on occasion when I wonder how I look. I say I must be good looking because I look like Jim. Condolences to his family.
    Patrick Duffy

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