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Volusia Memorial Funeral Home

4815 Clyde Morris Blvd, Port Orange, FL

OBITUARY

James "Jimmy" Reece Deans Jr.

March 5, 1957September 8, 2019
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James “Jimmy” Reece Deans Jr., 62, passed away Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Halifax Hospice Care Center in Port Orange following a hard-fought battle with brain cancer.

Jimmy was born March 5, 1957 in Wilson, North Carolina to Darlene Naomi Ellen and James Reece Deans Sr. At the age of two he moved with his parents to the Daytona Beach area where he lived for the remainder of his life.

Jimmy graduated from Seabreeze High School in 1975 where he was an accomplished football player, weightlifter and drummer in the jazz band. He was also an avid surfer and competed in many of Eastern Surfing Association’s championship events. In the early 1970’s Jimmy began sailing Hobie Cats and was a charter member of Daytona’s Hobie Fleet 80. His lifelong love of sailing spanned almost five decades during which time he sailed both recreationally and competitively.

Jimmy was a proud firefighter/EMT and began his career with the Daytona Beach Shores Fire Department in 1982. He worked there for six years as a Lieutenant and Captain prior to being hired at Kennedy Space Center where he spent the majority of his professional career. At KSC Jimmy was a member of special teams trained in HazMat as well as astronaut search and rescue for the Space Shuttle Program.

When Jimmy wasn’t sailing you could usually find him out socializing with friends, both old and new, somewhere along a waterfront. If not there, then he was likely home watching Florida Gators football and/or making his world famous salsa.

Jimmy’s charisma, generosity and enthusiasm for life will forever be remembered by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to “Hoods for Heroes”, an organization which works to reduce occupational head and neck cancers for American firefighters. www.hoodsforheroes.org

Jimmy is survived by his loving wife, Kellie Copper Deans ; daughters, Tiffany Deans (St. Petersburg, FL) and Danielle Deans (New York, NY); brother, Ritchie Deans ( Lancaster, PA ); sisters, Terry Peel (Lyons, CO) and Karon "P-Nut" Spiker (South Daytona, FL); mother-in-law, Liz Goodale (Richfield Springs, NY) and his Cherished cat, Sylvester

A celebration of life and visitation for "Jimmy" will be held Friday, September 13, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 4815 S Clyde Morris Blvd, Port Orange, Florida 32129.

Funeral Services will be held 1:00p.m. Saturday, September 14th at Westminster By The Sea Presbyterian Church , 3221 South Peninsula Drive, Daytona Beach 32118.

The family has requested that in honor of Jimmy, everyone dress in whatever attire makes them feel most comfortable.

Services

  • Celebration of Life and Visitation Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 14, 2019

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David A.Carlson

September 13, 2019

I am trying to remember if Jimmy ever got to sail a Hawaiian Tropic boat in a race. Not welcome he was! But Jimmy sailed anyway. I try to remember if he was ever seen actually trapped out on a Hobie16. AH well- lots of newbie beach visitors got free thrill rides out thru thesurf.. And introduced to Hawaiian Tropic at the same time. No worries Jimmy. I will miss you. Sheet in and max out, forever, buddy.

Paul Hart

September 13, 2019

I met Jimmy while playing with Morning Buzz at the Ocean Deck back in the 90's. I'd look forward to him coming in near the end of the night (some of them long) and brighten up the last set. I have enjoyed many memories with him since then and can't say that I have met a better person. I wish him red sails and will miss him very much!

Shirley Horigan

September 13, 2019

Will always cherish the times I shared lunches with Jimmie and my beautiful niece Kellie. He always made me laugh, sad I won't hear him call me aunt Shirley again. Hope Kellie and his daughters always remember how much they were loved by Jimmie.

Aunt Shirley

David Page

September 13, 2019

Jimmy and I were very close friends and worked the Hawaiian Tropic sailing program together for a number of years.
One day Jimmy did not show up for work but he got in touch with me and told me he was really sick.
The next day I saw an article in the Daytona Beach news journal and low and behold Jimmy had won a surfing contest on the day he was too sick to come to work.
LOL that was Jimmy!
We sailed a lot of miles together.
Jimmy was known and loved by many and he will be missed. David Page

Barbara Scarborough

September 12, 2019

My sad condolences to Tiffany, Danielle and Cindy. What a huge loss of a great man! Jimmy had the most wonderful personality...and made everyone feel like they were his best friend! May you Rest In Peace Jimmy...and sail on, buddy! 😍

Charlie Bird

September 12, 2019

Jimmy knew everybody and everybody knew Jimmy. He was a relationship maker extraordinaire. He could walk into a room of 10 strangers and leave a short time later with 12 new friends. Gunna miss you Bro. RIP Jimmy.

Diane Mandarino LuQuis

September 12, 2019

My deepest condolences to Jim's family. Farewell old friend.

Diane Mandarino LuQuis

September 12, 2019

My deepest condolences to Jim's family. Farewell old friend.

Richard Gebhart

September 12, 2019

To our family members I'm deeply sorry for such a great loss I know he was greatly loved and will surely be missed. To Jimmy Jr.( Mr. Daytona) I will always remember you and our great adventures that we shared on land and sea, some of the best times of my life. And I still share those stories today. You taught me how to be brave and adventurous to surf, sail, and man up at age 14. and those traits, and memories I still value today I'll never forget you! Your cousin Richard

Lynne Hosey McGinnis

September 12, 2019

Jimmy was such a presence at Seabreeze high school. Everyone loved and admired him. He was kind, funny and loved his school. His relationship with Cindy was one of a kind and it was evident how much they loved and cared for each other. I know he remained an iconic personality in the community as an adult. I will be in prayer for your family and close friends as I know their hearts are broken. I feel blessed to have known you during our high school years. God bless you and your sweet family.❤️❤️

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