James Robert Bridewell, born May 7, 1943, passed away on July 1, 2011. He was 68.
James attended Napa High School, graduating in 1961. He worked as a welder for Kaiser Steel, a sergeant for the Solano County Deputy Sheriff and a baseball and football coach for Napa Youth Leagues and Vintage High School. He loved hunting and fishing, as well as watching his grandchildren play sports. In 1962, James married his wife of 49 years, Karen E. Bridewell, and together they had three children.
James is survived by his wife; children, Doug Bridewell of Napa, Jeff Bridewell of Snohomish, Wash., and Jennifer Bridewell of Napa; grandchildren, Kelsey and Karly Bridewell, Brett and Sydney Bridewell, and Colton, Kadin, and Kaleena Jezycki; and sister, Dolores Grinsell.
A celebration of James’ life will be held Saturday, July 16, 1 to 4 p.m., at the Native Sons Hall at 937 Coombs St., Napa, CA 94558.