February 28, 1936 – October 6, 2019
JAMES COOLEY was born on February 28, 1936 in San Diego, CA and passed away on October 6, 2019 in La Mesa, CA.
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October 11, 2019
Jim Cooley was an infinite source of knowledge and the way he would convey his life's experiences was just mesmerizing to me. He was so fascinating. I loved talking with him and now wish I had done so more than the handful of times I was able to. His museum is unbelievable; absolutely intriguing, and he knew so much about everything he kept there. He greeted every visitor personally, and you knew immediately he was an articulate, wise, and very unique man. I feel so sad today for his wife, and family and friends. It has to be such a tough time. I hope these words will bring a smile to their faces, so that they can put aside their sadness, if even for only a moment. Thank you, Mr. Cooley - you made a difference in my life and I know in many, many others as well. And I'm very glad I could share this. Thank you to everyone who read it. -Bill Weikum