James C. “Jim” West, Sr.
March 14, 1939 - January 14, 2021
James C. “Jim” West, Sr., age 81, of Newark, DE, formerly of Wilmington, DE, passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 14, 2021.
Born on March 14, 1939, he was the only son of the late Cornelius H. and Audrey T. (Shackel) West. Jim graduated from Wilmington High School in 1956. He was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving from 1961 to 1962, as a medic. After being discharged from the military, Jim dedicated 37 years as a lab technician for the DuPont company in Chestnut Run facility, where he tested textiles and tires. Before retiring in 1997, he also worked on medical imaging projects. Jim was a good listener, enjoyed eating out with friends and family, and attending car shows. He watched baseball as well as football, and was always rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Phillies.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife of 42 years, Elizabeth (Vaughan) “Liz” West. He is survived by his children, Susan E. West of Newark, Kathryn A. West of Christiana, Jacqueline C. Haftl (Stephen) of Middletown and James C. West, Jr. (Jenifer) of Frederick, MD; sister, Barbara A. West of Elsmere; grandchildren, Teresa, David and Jonathan Haftl, and Veronica and Zoe West; and 2 great grandchildren.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11:30 am on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. Face masks will be required for all in attendance. Services and interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to Meals on Wheels, 100 West 10th Street, Suite 207, Wilmington, DE 19801 or Newark United Methodist Church – Food Cupboard Program, 69 East Main Street, Newark, DE 19711 or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.