James Patrick Fay
March 23, 1935 – March 21, 2020
James Patrick Fay March 23, 1935 - March 21, 2020
James (Jim) Patrick Fay died peacefully with family by his side March 21st, 2020 at age 85 in Chino Hills, CA. Jim was born in Waterloo, Iowa, March 23, 1935 to William Henry and Eva Abrams Fay. He lived a full and family-filled life in West Los Angeles. Growing up with his older sister, Sheila, and younger brother, Robert (Bob), in La Canada, Tujunga and Maywood, CA, Jim attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School and St. Francis High School. Along with Bob, they apprenticed as electricians under their father joining the family business, Fay Electric Service in Maywood. Jim married his high school sweetheart, Melita Frances Ross. They had 3 daughters, Kathleen Mary, Robin Ann and Stacy Elizabeth. After closing the shop in the early 60’s, Jim started a long career at Aerospace Corporation where he worked until he retired in 1990.
Alongside his deep love for God, family and friends, Jim was known for his love of cars and auto racing. From an early age, Jim designed cars that he might race one day. In the late 60’s, Jim started racing VW Baja Bugs and Dune Buggies at Ascot Raceway. In the 70’s, he also started racing dune buggies on the desert circuit. He worked tirelessly out of his garage. His generous spirit and sense of humor attracted friends to his side creating a wonderful family and friend-filled pit crew. This community was christened Overland Speed Shop and lasted decades spreading fun and Dad’s love of racing. Daughters Kathy (Kit) and Stacy joined the off-road adventures racing bugs and trucks.
Jim is survived by his sister, Sister Mary Sheila, SND, and his brother, Bob of Chino Hills, his daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen Jordan of San Diego, Robin and Jim Gary of Austin, Tx, Stacy and Doug Goodenough of Chino Hills, Renee Tedesco of Prescott, AZ and his grandchildren, Zoe and Kiya Jordan, Kyle and Trevor Goodenough and Mary Emma and Melina Gary.
A memorial service will be held later in the year. In lieu of gifts, consider donating to your favorite charity in Jim’s name and generous spirit.
- Stacy Goodenough, Daughter
- Robin Gary, Daughter
- Kathleen Jordan, Daughter
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
James Patrick Fay
March 30, 2020
Yep, that's how you'd identify yourself on the phone. "Hello, this is Pop." When did I stop calling you daddy? High School? When I had my own family? Last week?
Well, Pop, you have always been my rock. I remember when I was young, waving goodbye to you when you left for work. Then, when I'd hear the rumble of your Dodge van in the afternoons, I'd run to the front window to watch you park. So happy to know you were home and hugs were coming!
You raised 3 daughters (plus all those you held close under your wing) and still lived to the amazing age of 85! You were responsible for creating nature loving, oil checking, hard working, creative, competitive, compassionate women.
Your smile. Your tenacity. Your unique ability to work through emotional difficulties without putting others down has helped guide me more than you could ever have known.
I will miss your hugs, the way your eyes lit up when I walked in the room, the finger pulling, trips in the van burning our feet and legs if we got to close to the engine (unique design feature), the desert sunrise behind your back as you were organizing our racing pit for the day ahead, banging pans together in the tent because you heard a bear nearby, fishing with salmon eggs along Robinson Creek, fried potatoes and onions and shake n bake trout, looking for the Big Dipper and the Milky Way by the campfire, being smooshed by the crowd of racing fans waiting to pass through the pit gate after the main event at Ascot Park. When you held Kyle for the first time. And then, Trevor...
Oh, daddy, I will miss you so.
March 28, 2020
deepest sympathies to your whole family Stacy - although I never met your dad it sounds like he was a wonderful man - our thoughts are with you - Marilynn and Wayne
March 28, 2020
Our deepest condolences to a true family man.
We had a few chances to meet Stacys Dad , Jim
and her uncle , when they always came to Trevor and Kyles school events at St Margaret Marys
(Our son was in the same class with Trev. )
Jim always has a warm smile and greeting.
We all knew he gave happiness to his family as much as he received it from them.
Rest In Peace ✨
March 27, 2020
I have so many wonderful memories of my Papa. It’s hard to pick just one, camping in his backyard, making root beer floats, and going out to the desert while my mom raced are just a few. Papa Jim was one of the best people that I know, and he was always there when you needed him. I don’t think he realized how many lives he left an impact on, but he definitely impacted mine. He has been one of the best male role models that I’ve had in my life, and I will always appreciate that.
I love you Papa 💕
March 24, 2020
Long ago, when I was still in high school, Mary and I went on a double date with Jim and Melita, who were visiting in Grass Valley. This was when I first met Jim. He was a couple years older than me, which is significant for teenagers. He very quickly put me at ease and a great time was had by all. We decided to go to Marysville to go roller skating. In the 50s, the highway from Grass Valley to Marysville was a narrow two-lane and very curvy. Coming home, after a fun evening, we were met with a frightening, windy downpour. The road had no reflectors in the center and no lines painted on the outside of the lanes. The rain made it nearly impossible to see the center line. We were terrified and all had our eyes glued on the road, shouting instructions to Jim. But Jim was a good driver even at that young age and got us home safely.
March 24, 2020
March 24, 2020
I miss you sooooo much. We had so many great times together. You raised me since I was knee high to a grasshopper - now I am thigh high! As a kid, I always wished you were my real dad. Now I know you always were my real dad. Racing, camping and just hanging out with you were my favorite things. You had so much love in your heart for all your adopted daughters and sons. You made me realize there were good men/fathers in the world, but for me none could compare to you. My heart is broken that you are gone physically, but I know your spirit lives on in me and everyone who had the privilege to love and be loved by you. I will see you again when it is my turn to say goodbye to this earth. I know you will be there to welcome me with a beer in one hand and hug in the other. Love you always - Renee - your 4th daughter!
March 23, 2020
Of course I have 62 years of life memories with Dad. The big foundational feeling or belief that I was raised with was that Dad was there with me always mentally, physically, emotionally helping achieve my goals. He was a biggest fan when I raced, he helped push me forward to get my Masters degree, he loved loved my girls almost as much as I do. Although Dad and I didn’t always agree on things, he never pulled back love or support. He was always there for me and I know he still is. I love you Dad❣️
March 23, 2020
We all will miss you so. You were a shining star that taught me to smile and laugh even during the hardest times. I love that I grew up in your house with Uncle Bob and went to all your races that I could.
I'm so glad that I was able to be there with you with Kit, Stacy, Renee and Uncle even though it means that I won't see my TX family for a few more weeks. You taught us how to give and love fiercely.
When my time comes, I'll see you on the other side. Until then, I'll hold your smile in my heart.