James Martin Kinlaw, 71, died Feb. 20, 2016, in Commonwealth Memory Care Center, Norfolk. He is survived by his wife, Bernadette; his brother Bobby of Nevada; his sister Sandy of Poquoson; nieces and nephews; Bernadette’s family; and his longtime cherished friend Jo Anne Byrum of Parrish, Fla. His sister Peggy predeceased him.
He was a Norfolk native, a Maury High School graduate and served two tours in the Army in Vietnam. He worked for decades at Leigh Memorial Hospital as an HVAC technician. But he loved retirement best.
James was a Y devotee, ancient-history lover, Stonehenge student, Druid wannabe, kid whisperer and Green Bay Packers fan. He approached everyone and everything with a wide-open heart. He loved all these things, many of them beyond measure: sporting events, adventures and meals with friends; ice cream; the steam room; the Ghent Inn; Tuesday dinners with Buddy; apple martinis; “Rocky” movies; relaying slightly fact-impaired stories; Mets games with Bob; Debbie’s unparalleled oatmeal; “Star Trek”; sharing trivia; Skogaritas; handlebar mustaches; daily routines; Mickey Spillane crime novels; Saturday walks with Janet; the Ice Bowl; all kinds of music, from any Hank Williams song to “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”; John Wayne; and his young friend Jack Skog, whom he treasured from Day One.
Arrangements are being handled by Family Choice Funerals and Cremations, 5401 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach.
Visitation at the informal memorial service will be 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 19. For details, see FamilyChoiceFunerals.com. Instead of flowers, consider a donation to the Lewy Body Dementia Association or to Zero, The End of Prostate Cancer.
Rockabye, sweet baby James.