James Brandon Sweeney, 73, of West Seattle, Wash., died peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at Swedish Hospital. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.
Jim was born in Seattle on Dec. 30, 1938, and grew up in West Seattle. He graduated from West Seattle High School in 1957.
He is survived by his by his wife of 47 years, Judy, and their two daughters, Lisa (John Guthrie) and Lynn (Matt Pedersen); five grandchildren; his sister, Karin (Don Boos); and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and a long list of friends.
Jim owned and operated Alki Lumber for more than 50 years. The business was founded by his grandfather in 1921. As a part-time Sun Valley resident, he was an avid, expert skier and enjoyed traveling the world with Judy by his side. Among his greatest gifts, above all, were his generosity, patience and incredible wisdom that touched many lives.
A vigil was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 7000 35th Ave. SW in Seattle on Saturday, Feb. 11, and funeral mass was held there on Sunday, Feb. 12. A reception celebrating Jim's life and legacy will follow at the Hall at Fauntleroy. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the West Seattle Pee Wee Baseball or the Medic One Foundation.