Sunday, December 07, 2008

Obituary: James F. Dalbec - Class of 1966

MADISON - James F. Dalbec, age 60 of Madison, passed away at UW Hospital, on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, as a result of a tragic car/pedestrian accident. Jim was born Aug. 1, 1948 in Superior, the son of Walter and Marie (Starkey) Dalbec. He graduated from Central High School in 1966, and pursued a career in the local bar and restaurant scene. At the time of his death he was employed at UW Provisions managing the retail store. Besides his family and close friends, his greatest passions were golf, pool, dancing and Las Vegas. Jim was a very fun loving, big hearted, gentle man. He would do anything for anyone. He is survived by his daughter, Danyelle Dalbec; son, Tony (Sara McAllister) Dalbec; aunt, Shirley Starkey of Superior; several cousins and a special friend, Kathy Parker. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Marie Dalbec; and a sister, Arlene Dalbec. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at 6 p.m. with the Reverend Chris Lee-Thompson presiding. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, from 3 p.m. until the time of service. His family would like to extend their thanks to Dr. Dempsey and his staff at UW Hospital for their caring efforts. We are really going to miss you Iceman. We love you dad!! Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Center 5203 Monona Dr. (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 7, 2008


D Strand said...

Jim's passing is a real surprise and saddens me deeply. Jim and I were very good friends even though I hadn't seen him for about twenty years. It seems like only yesterday when he, Danny Fix, and Harold Ellington were shooting pool, going to dances, going to movies, and just having good times around Madison. I always wanted to find him when I came back to Madison for visits but something else always came up. Jim was a fun loving guy. The Vietnam War sort of separated he and I.
He was a good man and I considered him a good friend. He was very good at pool. I could never beat him. We played at The Loft (Madison Community Center) after school 10th through 12th grades. He was so good, I always thought he could be a professional pool player. I would love to hear from his family and friends.
My God bless you Jim; rest in peace my friend.

Anonymous said...

I was also sad to hear about Jim. I think it was in about 1995 when I ran into him as he tended bar at the Stamm House in Middleton. He waited on me and asked me if I was Marlene Bjornethun. I answered with "yeeeeesssssss".......dragging it out as I was trying to figure out who he was and how he knew me. He told me where my locker was and that I used to hang out mostly at Cheryl Larsons locker, etc. I had no idea who he was until he told me his name. We chatted for awhile and then I left. A couple years later he ended up working with my husband at UW Provisions. Then one day my husband told me he (Jim) was dating Annie Heirlimeier (sp?). That was a long time ago as my hubby left UW Provisons in 2000 but Jim was still working there until his passing. I just remeber he was as nice as he was in high school and I was honored that he knew who I was let alone where my locker His death was so tragic. Rest in peace , sweet man.