James Frank Nunes, a theater arts teacher in the Galt Unified High School District of Galt, CA died unexpectedly on October 12, 2017 at the age of 43 while working on the school’s latest production of “A Little Shop of Horrors”.
Jim is survived by his parents Albert J. and Carol Nunes; four children, who he affectionately called his baby G’s, Gavin, Gillian, Giovanna, and Gregory and their mother, Rosella Rowlison; his sisters Rebecca (Jennifer) Milo-Nunes and Sarah Nunes and aunt and uncle Ann and John Venturella as well as several first and second cousins. He was also an uncle to three nephews, Matteo, Dominic, and Lorenzo. Jim is preceded in death by his grandparents Albert and Ruth Nunes, and Frank and Mildred Dias.
Jim was born on May 26, 1974. Jim graduated from Manteca High school in 1992. He received his Bachelor’s and Master of Arts degree from San Francisco State University. He had a multi-subject teaching credential and spent the last 15 years as the theater arts instructor at both Galt high schools. He also founded and was first creative director of the Infinite Theater Group designed to produce community theater productions for Galt and surrounding areas. He was a member of NorCal DeMolay and a Master Mason.
Jim was a devoted father and dedicated teacher. He loved all things Sci- Fi, U2, the San Francisco Giants, collecting baseball cards and all things comic related. He looked forward to attending Comic-Con in San Diego each summer with his oldest son, and took his theater students each year to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. He inspired many young minds and was passionate about drawing the best out of his students. As a result, he was instrumental in coaching his students in many award-winning productions. Equally devoted to his four children, he was a fixture in the cheering section of all his children’s athletic events and loved to travel each summer with them to see sights in the U.S. like Yellowstone Park, Mount Rushmore, and the Grand Canyon. Always a kid at heart, Jim loved to play video games with his children and share his love of the arts by taking them to many theater productions and art shows. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family and all who knew him.
A celebration of life service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, at the Galt High School Warrior gymnasium, 145 N. Lincoln Way, Galt, CA 95632. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Jim F. Nunes Scholarship for Dramatic Arts” at the high school address listed above.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, October 18, 2017