When the family was living on Hickam AFB, in the mid 1960's, and Jimmy was only about 8 years old, they got into "sailing" at Hickam Harbor. It didn't take long for "boats" to become Jimmy's passion. In the mid 1970's his older brother "roped" him into helping to build a 24-foot sailboat from "scratch". After they finished it, the two brothers raced the boat, named Positive Vibrations, for many years. Later in 1980, when Jimmy's father bought a 38-foot Catalina sailboat in California, which he named Kanani, Jimmy (only 23 at the time) and couple of his friends sailed Kanani from California to Honolulu. This was before GPS was available so Jimmy had to learn celestial navigation in order to make the crossing and "find" Honolulu. After getting back to Honolulu Jimmy started racing on a number of other boats including a relatively small 33-ft sailboat, named Raider, which they raced around the entire State of Hawaii (with a crew of 6) as part of the world famous 1980 Kenwood Regatta. Later he sailed in another Kenwood Regatta on a 68-ft boat named Hokulele with a crew of 20+, moving from a very small boat the first time to a very large boat the second time.
He is survived by his loving family, sister Joanna Wong, brother John, sister-in-law Kathy, niece Amy and 2 nephews Greg and Brandon Wong.
Private services, which were delayed due to Covid-19, will be held on February 26, 2021.
Arrangements Provided By: Oahu Mortuary