James Arthur De Paul, beloved husband, father, son and brother, passed after valiantly and heroically fighting cancer for more than 25 years. James never let his condition interfere with his joy for life and his love for his family.
He took great pride in pranking friends and family to make them laugh or generally annoy them. James was a rabid San Francisco Giants fan, regularly attending World Series games, collecting memorabilia, playing his Giants-themed jukebox and driving his orange-and-black Volkswagen bug. He also loved his toys: TVs, computers, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, his arcade machine, his gadgets and gizmos. James was an avid poker player and fulfilled his dream of competing in the World Series of Poker, where he ranked 165/2100 finally “all in” because the chemo made him tired. James was a garage sales enthusiast and unrepentant eBay junkie.
James made Fairfield his home for the last 31 years; he graduated from Armijo High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State University; he served his country with honor as a U.S. Navy data systems technician and was employed as a systems administrator with Wells Fargo Bank.
James is survived by his devoted wife of 25 years, Wendy; and his beloved son, Nicolas of Fairfield, Calif.; loving parents, Vincent and Socorro; brothers, Joe (Lisa), Bob (Kate); sisters, Carol (Bonnie), and Virna (Craig), along with their families; a multitude of nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, and cousins (and his beloved canines Roxy, Buster and Bart)
Visitation will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St., Fairfield, Calif. Funeral at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home. Interment, with Naval military honors, will be held immediately following the service at 10 a.m. at the Fairfield-Suisun Cemetery 1707 Union Ave., Fairfield, Calif.
Arrangements by Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St., Fairfield, CA 94533.