Posted On December 2nd, 2012 -

June 2, 1941-November 9, 2012 He fought the good fight, but James “Jimmy” Ruiz Aranita was called home by the Lord on Friday, November 9, 2012. He passed away at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Moanalua. Born on June 2, 1941 in Kunia, James was the last child of Martin and Bibiana Aranita in a family of 12 (9 boys and 3 girls). He was predeceased by his parents and his siblings: Sophie Tadly, Benito, David, Robert, Albert, Anthony, and Jolita. He is survived by his wife of 41 years Arlene Gamayo Aranita and his siblings Ralph, Ronald, Rafael, and Sister Rosita, many nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, grand-nieces, great grandnephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and mother-in-law Catalina Gamayo. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Waipahu High School, and the Electronics Institute of Hawaii. He also served in the U.S. Army. After 27 years as an insulator (Iagger), he retired from the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on January 15, 2000. His interests included basketball; diving for lobster, tako, and fish; singing; kung fu movies; and shooting craps in Las Vegas. In the past years, as his health began to decline, he never lost his passion for life and never complained. He was always a kind and gentle man who will always be on our minds and forever in our hearts. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 7, 2012, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church at 1525 Waimano Home Road in Pearl City. Visitation from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Celebration of Life (eulogy and program) from 9:45·10:30 a.m. Funeral mass from 10:30 a.m. Until we meet again, your loving wife and ohana.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran