James Roy Corr

James (“Jimmy”) Roy Corr, Jr., passed away last Friday, December 6, 2013 in San Diego, California. Jimmy was predeceased by his parents Roy and Margaret Corr. He is survived by his brother Joe Corr (Debra); the loving members of the Leary and Phillips families in North Carolina; his dear friends Carrie Clark, Michael Carter (Madeleine), Kevin Jones (Dyna), and Trampus Thomason (Nichole); and his marina family Jan and Victoria. Jimmy was born on March 3, 1968 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At a young age Jimmy moved to San Diego, attending Hardy Elementary School and Horace Mann Middle School. He graduated from Crawford High School in 1986. Jimmy earned a degree in English from San Diego State University and went on to obtain his teaching credential. He shared his love for learning and exploring as a teacher for the San Diego Unified School District at Kennedy and Encanto elementary schools.

Jimmy’s love of salt water started with surfing. For years at a time, he would surf every day of the year. Surfing took him up and down the coast with memorable trips to Baja with Mike, Kevin and Trampus. His expertise around the water expanded when his father taught him to sail. His knowledge of sailboat repair, maintenance and upgrade blessed his family and friends over three decades and was reflected in his own boat, the “Red Jacket,” which frequently graced San Diego Bay.

During and after college, he spent many summers sharing his passion for sailing with people with special needs at Camp Able in Coronado. A highlight for many campers was sailing on the bay with Jimmy, where his skillful handling of the boat and kind demeanor eased the fear of any first-time sailors.

In his life, cut much too short, Jimmy formed deep and caring bonds with a wide circle of friends. Anyone fortunate enough to spend time with Jimmy Corr soon realized he was a man of great worth – one tough enough to fight a courageous medical battle while remaining kind, gentle, generous, compassionate, loyal and funny. Every ocean sunset will carry a loving memory of Jimmy for all who were lucky enough to know him well.

To celebrate Jimmy’s life, those who knew and cared about him are invited to a reception on Sunday, December 15, 2013, at 3:00 p.m., at the Island Palms Hotel and Marina, 2051 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Surfrider Foundation ( in memory of Jimmy.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, December 15, 2013

James Roy Corr

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December 10, 2014

May you continue to have strength and peace and may comfort be at your side."Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will help you." Is.41:10

Mary Salerno

August 10, 2014

I am so sorry to hear about heart breaks to learn about his passing. My deepest sympathy to Joe. Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers.

Wendy Chevalier

May 10, 2014

Kind heart, gentle soul. He is missed but never forgotten. My condolences to the people he left behind. We were lucky to share in his light.

Karen Mischlich Mueller

April 5, 2014

Joe & Family,

Sorry to hear of your loss. I always remember Jimmy and his smile; and his help in having me meet Joe. I know life on Earth & in heaven is much better because of him and his loving caring spirit. God's blessings to you and your family.

December 20, 2013

Jimmy was my first cousin who was 18years younger than me. I really didn't get to know him until his visit to Morehead City this past summer. Through e-mails and phone calls these last 4months,I feel Jimmy has enriched my life and taught me the importance of reaching out to family and ones we love before it is too late. I will always treasure the short time we were able to share.Rest in peace Jimmy and know you are truly loved and missed.

Georgia Phillips Kennedy. Clemmons,N.C.

Ed Rosene

December 17, 2013

Jimmy was a great friend, in high school we would go surfing almost every day. As the years pat i always what had happened to him. Unfornuately for me i happened to contact his brother Joe 2 days after his passing. Rest in piece my friend you are truely missed.

james bates

December 17, 2013

Wow...I been looking for my good friend in high school. There were times when we hung out 3,4, 5 times a week in summer. Trully a good guy will be missed.

Al Leary

December 17, 2013

I will remember JC as always smiling, always quiet, always caring but strong enough to endure such a tough battle with his body for so long. How ironic that the ocean he so loved had a hand in taking him away from selfish us.

The summertime visits from years ago that he and Joe and Peggy made were always highly anticipated and full of great joy. Joe and JC surfing in the Atlantic Ocean "bathtub" was always a hit. We might not have big waves but they are a LOT warmer here! It was a great family reunion when the Corrs came to Morehead City.

His visit last summer, the first one in over eight years,was great timing on his part. What he knew and when he knew it who knows, but we will cherish that time forever.

He is home with Peggy and Roy now and no longer suffering. I know friends and family miss his but we are at least all better people for having had him in our lives.

Steve English

December 15, 2013

Just found out, I was in the class of 1986 for Crawford High. wow he will be missed.

Steve English

Dawn Suttmoeller-Zinsli

December 15, 2013

Jimmy, I can not believe you are gone... You were truly one of the sweethearts of my life... I know things about you that not many others probably ever knew, like how you serenaded me, wrote all kinds of amazingly beautiful love letters and poetry to me, and how you even got down on one knee for me. You were so wonderful, and even though it has been like 25 years, I still cherish the time we spent together. I actually tried looking you up fairly recently and wished so much that I could have seen you face to face and told you how much you really meant to me. After all these years... & Jimmy, I Do! And to Joe, you always seemed like a great big brother and I am praying and sending love & support to you...and even though I could not make it today, I am there in spirit... ride those big clouds in the sky... And Jimmy I know God probably had REM cranked up on Dec. 6th at those pearly gates. RIP...