James Kenneth Slater
April 30, 1937 – July 11, 2018
James K. Slater, age 81, passed away at his home in Jacksonville FL, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
James (“Jim”) was born April 30, 1937 in Covington, Kentucky to Robert and Loretta Slater. Jim graduated from Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Kentucky and received his B.S. degree in business from the University of Cincinnati. Jim served in the United States Air Force Reserve during the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and started his banking career at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, relocating with his family to Jacksonville in 1972 to work for Barnett Bank. After 23 years and many executive positions with Barnett, Jim retired in 1995 as President and CEO of Barnett Insurance Company.
Jim married his high school sweetheart Mary L. Halloran in Bellevue, KY on November 28, 1957, and together they raised a beautiful family with four children and nine grandchildren. Jim enjoyed everything about his family, and those around him loved his quiet and calm nature, his playful sense of humor and his delight in a good joke. Jim was blessed with a natural inner strength, a strong intellect and an unpretentious nature. Jim believed in following matters of the heart, hard work, honesty, physical activity, and the outdoors. Jim lived an active life – family, career, yard work, tennis, painting and fishing were among his passions. Jim served as Captain of the Queen’s Harbor tennis team and loved to meet his “tennis buddies” for coffee in the mornings. Jim was proud of having graduated from the Outward Bound International Leadership Program: “To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield”. Jim was also an avid painter, and enjoyed painting with his many artist friends. Jim and Mary traveled extensively in their retirement, enjoying the natural beauty of the world and its many diverse cultures.
Jim is succeeded by Mary, his wife of 60 years, four children: Greg (Robin) Slater, Tim (Karen) Slater, Amy (Dave) Beiser, and Mark (Anna) Slater, nine grandchildren: (Kaitlin, Ryan, Jessie, Brooks, Amanda, Lauren, Emma, Mia and Aidan) and many nieces and nephews. Jim precedes his brothers Robert (Judy) Slater, Gary (Patricia) Slater and sister Barbara Barnes.
A Mass for Jim will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 11:00AM at Our Lady Star of The Sea Catholic Church at 545 AIA North, Ponte Vedra Beach Florida, 32082. The family will greet friends after the Mass at the Cultural Center adjacent to the Church.
The Slater family would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all of the staff at The Mayo Clinic and Community Hospice & Palliative Care for their compassionate and loving care.
HARDAGE-GIDDENS CHAPEL HILLS, 850 Saint Johns Bluff Road North, Jacksonville, FL 32225, is serving the family.
Our Lady Star of the Sea
545 A1A North