James "Jim" Roland Tormey, Jr. passed away October 5, 2013 in Medford, Ore. at the age of 78. Born to James R. Tormey and Hope Allario Tormey in San Jose, Calif., Jim was raised in San Mateo, Calif. He attended San Mateo High School (`53), then San Jose State (`57) where he met and married Mary Pat O'Donnell, also of San Mateo, in 1957. He resumed his studies after his ROTC service to earn his Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University in 1960, returning to San Mateo where his five children were born, raised, and educated. Jim practiced law from his San Mateo offices until 1997, when he retired to his family's beloved ranch on the California/Oregon border.
Jim was elected to the Board of Trustees of the San Mateo County Community College in 1971, and served on the board for 24 years. He was a founding director of the Borel Bank & Trust Company (now Boston Private Bank & Trust) from 1979 to 2002, and served an Judge Pro-Tem in the San Mateo County Courts from 1972 to 1997. Jim was an active member of several service and professional organizations, many for decades and often serving as president or board chair, including the San Mateo County Congress of Elected Officials, San Mateo Heart Association, Combined Health Agencies Drive, The Bombay Bicycle Riding Club, and the Kiwanis, which he joined in 1963. Jim was a fierce advocate for public education, an avid skier, dedicated outdoorsman, and appreciator of the challenges and rewards of the rural lifestyle,
Jim is survived by Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Tormey, his wife of 28 years, of Medford, Ore.; and his children, Anne (Richard) Freeman of Auburn, Erin Tormey of Half Moon Bay, Christopher Tormey of Auburn, Gregory (Stacy) Tormey of Cotati, Marc (Deanna) Tormey of San Mateo; step-daughters, Tobi Fenn of Fremont, and Jacqueline (Clinton) Ward of Redwood City; 11 treasured grandchildren; and cousins, Robert and Bruce Tormey of Salem.
In lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of James R. Tormey, Jr., to either the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation (www.smcccfoundations.org), or The HEAL Project (www.thehealproject.org) will be greatly appreciated by his family and friends.