James Blaine Tilley, 74, of Sedro-Woolley, passed away Saturday morning, June 4, 2022.
He was born on January 29, 1948 and was raised in the great town of Sedro-Woolley and graduated from SWHS in 1966.
James married his wife Lynda in 1973 and they set up their home just outside of Sedro-Woolley. He worked as a machinist at Skagit Corporation in Sedro-Woolley and was later hired on at the refinery in Anacortes. He originally started with Shell Oil that later transitioned to Tesoro.
Prior to Lynda and James having their two daughters, Rachelle and Hannah, James loved to ride his Harley motorcycle with his buddies. He and Lynda loved camping on the weekends with their friends and their dogs, and he especially enjoyed listening to loud music in his beloved music room. Once Rachelle was born the music room became a nursery and Jim reluctantly had to sell his stereo.
When James wasn’t working out at the refinery his family kept him very busy. His daughters both competed on horseback and the family all rode horses and enjoyed long weekends camping and trail riding with friends. When he wasn’t busy with the family he would sneak away for the occasional round of golf, or you could find him working under one of his many classic cars. Jim’s love of fast cars came from a young age and carried with him into his golden years.
Once Jim and Lynda were “empty nesters” they bought a classic airstream trailer. They enjoyed traveling and camping all over the state with their beloved Doberman Kahne and then Tyberius. If you knew Jim, you knew how much he loved his dogs and his grand dogs.
James is survived by his three daughters, Monique Moran (Brent), Rachelle Tilley, Hannah Tilley (Rick Simcock); brother, Bill Tilley; sister-in-law, Joyce Tilley; nephews Kevin and Owen Tilley; and niece Cindy Tilley.
He is proceeded in death by his wife, Lynda Tilley; father, Harry Kay Tilley; and mother, Edith Elizabeth Tilley.
A Celebration of life service will be held at 10:00, Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Lemley Chapel in Sedro-Woolley. Share your memories of James and sign the online guest register.