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James Michael Lydon

April 19, 1943 December 26, 2019
James Michael Lydon
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Obituary for James Michael Lydon

James Michael Lydon passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on
December 26, 2019. He was born in Oakland, California on April 19, 1943 to Irish
immigrant parents, James Lydon of County Galway, Ireland and Joan (O’Brien) Lydon,
of County Kerry, Ireland.

James known to most as “Jim,” was incredibly proud of his family. He was the loving
husband of Linda Boccaccio Lydon for 52 years, the devoted father to daughter, Michelle
Lydon and son, Matthew Lydon, beloved father-in-law to Katie Lydon and was known as
Gramp to his three grandchildren, Dempsey, Delaney, and Kennedy. Jim was blessed
with two brothers who cherished a lifelong bond of Irish pride. Jim was preceded in death
by brother, Dan Lydon and is survived by brother, John Lydon. Also survived by his
sister-in-law, Patricia, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim was raised in Oakland, California. He attended Sacred Heart Grammar School and
graduated in 1961 from Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley. Jim cherished
being raised in Oakland and the city of Oakland had a special place in his heart his entire
life. He described growing up near the Temescal neighborhood as a “Magical Time.”
Jim went on to be a proud Teamster for over 40 years, the majority of the years as a truck
driver for Lucky Stores. He left a legacy of loyalty and hard work. He was admired for
his strong work ethic and he truly enjoyed going to work and providing for his family.
Jim was a people person and loved a good conversation. He had the “gift of gab.” Most
learned if you did not have a lot of time, do not start a conversation with Jim. However, if
you did have time Jim was genuinely interested to learn about you: where you were
raised, what you did for a living and who you might know that he also knew. Jim had an
amazing ability to connect with everyone. In all conversations he found common ground
with people. After the conversation, he would make a point to share what he learned.
Jim enjoyed many hobbies, but spending time with his family is what he loved most. He
cherished his family and beamed with pride when surrounded by family. This was always
evident when spending time with his children and grandchildren. He had the good fortune
to see his grandchildren several times a week their entire lives. Their time together often
included cruises in the old cars, trips to the Bay Area for a Casper’s hotdog or two, a few
life lessons and many, many laughs.

Jim said he enjoyed some of the C’s: Cameras, Camping, Conversation, hot rod Cars, and
Linda’s home Cooking.

Jim will be greatly missed by all. He was a true example of a family man with strong
values and a true love for people. It can be said Jim lived as he died-having no regrets
and accomplishing everything he set out to do.

Services will be held at Saint Mary’s Church, Vacaville on January 11th , 2020 at 11am. In
lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Vacaville Police Activities
League or Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.


Previous Events

Service

Saturday

11

Jan

11:00 AM 1/11/2020 11:00:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

350 Stinson Ave.
Vacaville, CA 95688

St. Mary's Catholic Church
350 Stinson Ave. Vacaville 95688 CA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery Final Resting Place

522 Elmira Rd.
Vacaville, CA 95687

522 Elmira Rd. Vacaville 95687 CA
United States
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