James E. McTyre passed away on June 3, 2009, at Christus St. John’s Hospital where he had an extraordinary team fighting to save his life. Our dad was born on November 29, 1931 in Campti, Louisiana. He loved to tell stories of his childhood. He was the only son of James McTyre and Virginia Lonidear McTyre. Our dad was a simple man with one rule he always lived by: work hard for what you have in life and never use a charge card. Dad worked for many places throughout his young life, but landed a job at Todd Shipyard, where he met and married the only love of his life, Carmella R. Pistone. The marriage was golden and they were blessed with over 50 years of memories. Dad was a proud man and loved to share all the hard times he had experienced ‘back in the day.’ He retired from Farmer’s Marine Copper Works after 40 years of service as a machinist. He was a wonderful, supportive father to four children and a soft, gentle grandfather to four grandchildren. Taylor, the youngest, could always make him smile, even on his last few days.
Dad’s hobbies were having garage sales and working in his yard, growing tomatoes and peppers. His yard was famous for beautiful rose bushes that he would plant for our mother. The happiest times were taking our mom on weekend trips to Isle of Capri and stopping on the way to eat a sandwich on the road by their famous roadside park. After Hurricane Ike, not willingly we had to move Dad from the island where he had lived for over 65 years. He found happiness in his new home in League City and met many kind, supportive people in Oak Creek Community. Two friends in particular were Larry Carlson and Joe Eaton. They became the “talking buddies over coffee” group. Thank you so much for spending time with our dad and making our parents feel welcome in their new surroundings. To this day, we all feel Dad never recovered from the move, and sand is still between his toes.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, James and Virginia McTyre; sisters, Cappy MacInerney, Carrie Barr, Fannie Buevens; niece, Diane Richard; grandmother, Emma Lonidear; aunt, Mae Magee; brothers-in-law, Raymond Barr, Francis MacInerney; and Francis Buevens; cousin, Marie Magee; father-in-law, Sam Pistone; mother-in-law, Rose V. Pistone; and his devoted son-in-law, Craig A. Macicek, whom he treasured dearly.
Left to mourn his passing but devoted to carrying on his memory are his loving wife and soul mate, Carmella Pistone McTyre; four children: Virginia Rigsby; Rose Macicek McVeigh and husband, Dan; Patricia Koehler; and his only son, James J. McTyre and wife, Chandra; brother-in-law, Deacon John Pistone and wife, Blanche; grandchildren: Victoria R. Macicek; Benjamin Rigsby, Jr., Gabriel Macicek, and Taylor Koehler; “Rocket,” his devoted cat who traveled with him from Galveston and never left his side; and all his many friends in Galveston.
My dearest Jimmy, there are no words to describe the ache in my heart; when you left me that morning my life seemed to have stopped. I was numb – all I could do was cry and think about all our time together, the good and bad; how excited you were to give me this beautiful house, and how sad I am that you are not here with me to enjoy it. Jimmy, I hope you know how much I loved you and will always love you until we meet again. Your loving wife, Carmella.
Dear Dad, there will forever be a void in our life, now that you have gone. Your face and your voice we will have to wait in patience to see and hear once again. You fought a long and hard battle; your new journey must now begin. Rest now, you have earned your place in God’s world. Love your children, Virginia, Sissy, Trisha, and James.
Jimmy’s family will receive visitors after 5:00 pm, Monday, June 8th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will be held at 6:30 pm, led by Deacon John Pistone.
Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, June 9th, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Niall Nolan as Celebrant. Burial will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Benjamin Rigsby, Jr., Gabe Macicek, Ray Regini, Kevin Regini, Dan McVeigh, and Michael Pistone.