James A. “Jim” Honatke
May 7, 1950 - June 25, 2022
James A. “Jim” Honatke, age 72, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2022 in Christiana Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in Aliquippa, PA on May 7, 1950, he was a son of the late John and Diane (Grover) Honatke. Jim served in the United States Navy, and worked for many years as a salesman at Fairfax Hardware.
Jim was an eclectic reader and loved words and language. Jim also loved the outdoors and, in his youth, would spend hours in the woods following the deer paths. He loved food and was an excellent cook. He would try his hand at anything from barbeque to complicated Indian dishes. Music was central to Jim’s life, and he performed before many audiences singing and finger picking guitar. He wrote a song, “Fellowship, Fellowship (Baha’i Calypso)” which is still sung around the world.
Jim’s faith was also very important to him. He became a Baha’i in 1968 and served for many years on the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Wilmington.
Jim struggled all his life with depression, and although he never overcame it, he never gave up.
Jim is survived by his wife, Ginger (Scott) Honatke; and siblings, Lori Miller, Leslie Smith, Kim Vular, Amy DeGori, and Paul Honatke.
A graveside service will be held at 11 am on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Silverbrook Cemetery, 3300 Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington, DE.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to a charity of the donor’s choice.