James Edmund McAllister

March 15, 1954November 7, 2018

James Edmund McAllister, age 64, of Lansing, Michigan passed away on Wednesday November 7, 2018. Jim was born March 15, 1954 in Saginaw, MI to William and Rita (Vallier) McAllister. He was a 1972 graduate of Douglas MacArthur School.

He is preceded in death by his father.

Left to cherish his memory are his two sons Blair and Kyle McAllister; granddaughter Anabel Wahl; mother Rita (Vallier) McAllister; brother, William McAllister Jr.; sisters, Kathryn (McAllister) Scharich, Karen McAllister, Charlene (McAllister) Norris, Kay (McAllister) Cader, and Joann McAllister.

Jimmy Mac (as he was known to friends) enjoyed an incredible 25+ year career in the stage and entertainment business as a journeyman/stagehand with International Alliance of Theatrical and State Employees (IATSE) Local 274 East Lansing. He quickly became a fixture at most of the entertainment venues across the state where he specialized in stage carpentry, rigging and was an advance Flyman. He also worked in motion pictures, receiving credits in both Die Hard 2 and Road to Perdition. In his off time, Jimmy was an avid golfer. You could also usually find him on most summer afternoons outside his apartment, reading on of his favorite Stephen King books and grilling on his beloved Lil Smokey. He will be loved and cherished by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.

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Gary Dorer

November 14, 2018

Gary & Cheryl Dorer
We had the pleasure of meeting Jim 7 short years ago. Jim kept us from loosing our sanity in a very tough time we were going through. He had a way with words and always said what was on his mind wether you liked it or not, we could use more like him. He will never be replaced by another. Wish we could of had one more barbecue with the man. Trying to say how you feel in a couple lines is hard to do. Miss you Buddy...

Gary Dorer

November 14, 2018

Gary & Cheryl Dorer
We had the pleasure of meeting Jim 7 years ago and glad we did.
He kept us form loosing our sanity while we going through a very tough time. Jim will never be replaced by another, he was a one of a kind. Always said what was on his mind, wether you liked it or not. We need more like him.. Trying to find the right words to say how much he meant to us in a couple lines is hard to do. If only we had more time with him... Miss you Buddy.

Craig DeShone

November 13, 2018

I remember playing and going to school with Jim. Even thou we lost track of each other after High School, I still think of him when I'm talking with others from the neighborhood. Many things have changed over the years. Rita, I remember how not too long ago you remembered me when I saw you at Wal-mart. My condolences to you, and the family, and James family. I hope this brings you all a little comfort in your time of sadness.

A Revelation to John 21:4 "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”


Tim Beffrey

November 13, 2018

Jimmy, you taught me so much about being a professional stagehand without letting me get into trouble, well only a few times. You will be missed.

Dansir McCullough

November 12, 2018

You were hell of a Man Jimmy ...... You will be sorely Miss My Old Friend

Paul Ker

November 12, 2018

I worked with Jimmy over the years and he was a stand up guy who wasn’t afraid to take charge. You could always rely on him to make the right call and help steer the crew in the right direction. He was a good man at heart once you got to know him and I’m glad I did. You will be missed Jimmy but never forgotten.
Your old friend

Lori Penton-Shields

November 12, 2018

Thoughts and prayers for the family.
Will be thinking of all of you! Great family memories growing up.

Kim Mosher (DeWitt)

November 9, 2018

I just remember all the fun we had in the neighborhood. Lots of great times. Showing us the ropes of Saginaw when we moved there from Lake City. A trip to 7-11 for a slurpy, like we had no idea what that was, but we went!!