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James Wallace McGregor
World War II veteran, retired firefighter
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James Wallace McGregor, 91, passed away on June 24, 2010 in Manteca.

Jim was born on June 15, 1919 in Oakland, CA.  He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1938 in Oakland, CA.  After high school, Jim went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad, where he met his loving wife, Angela “Pat” Murphy.  They were wed in May 1941. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Marines and bravely served in the Pacific Theater and fought in Okinawa. After World War II ended and he returned to civilian life, he briefly worked for the US Postal Service before joining the City of Berkeley Fire Department in 1947. Jim served the city as a firefighter until his retirement with the rank of lieutenant in 1977.

After retirement, Jim and wife Pat settled in Pollock Pines, CA.  He was a proud member of the Placerville Moose Lodge #1979 and the Sons in Retirement (SIRS). They relocated to Manteca, CA six years ago to be closer to family.

Jim enjoyed watching basketball, playing golf, pool and poker, and loved to travel. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor, laughter and ability to tell a story. He was a true American who believed in service to his country and community and demonstrated that by his actions throughout his life.  He was loved and respected by many and will be deeply missed.

Mr. McGregor was preceded in death by his parents, Archibald and Margaret (McLean) McGregor, brother, Donald McGregor, sister, Margaret Dore and daughter, Marie Wilson. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Pat McGregor of Manteca, CA, daughter, Patricia Bilby of Sacramento, CA, son, Michael McGregor of Lodi, CA, and daughter Margaret McGregor of Manteca, CA, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home of Manteca. Services will be private. An online guest book is available for special messages to the family as well as condolences at
 Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, July 7, 2010