James Douglas Stephens, 86, of Alameda died peacefully on May 1, 2018, surrounded by family.
Jim was a long time member of the Northern California Alfa Romeo Association, and loved to take frequent road trips in his beloved red Alfa. He was an avid model train collector, and enjoyed designing garden railways. Since 1996, he volunteered countless hours at the Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale in the tool department. He also spent many hours collecting US postage stamps, loved to square dance, and recently discovered an appreciation for yoga. During his years in Alameda, Jim enjoyed going for long walks with his Labrador retrievers - - first Holly, then Buck, and just recently, his new Lab, Penny. When asked to describe himself, he would say, “I’m curious.”
Jim was born in Oklahoma and was raised in Stockton, California. He has been a resident of Alameda for the past 26 years. He spent his career working as a machinist.
Jim is survived by his long time partner, Neila Hallenbeck; his children India Smith-Gingell (Scotty), James Stoker (Susan), Lori Dedmon (Shane), and Ronald Stephens; his niece Lathana Collins; and Neila’s children Aline Caulley (Dennis), Risa Yuhas (George), and Kalyn Baer (Brian).
A Celebration of Life will be held on May 24th from 11am to 1pm at Pier 29 Restaurant, 1148 Ballena Boulevard in Alameda.