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James Gray Kittel
  • October 31, 1946
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  • July 06, 2011

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James Gray Kittel, 64 of New Smyrna Beach passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2011 after a courageous 17 month battle with cancer.  He was born on October 31, 1946 in Westfield, Massachusetts to Rudolf and Winifred Kittel and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 3:30 at Sugar Mill Country Club.  Jim was loved globally as he traveled to seventeen countries as a young electronics engineer working with Gerber Scientific and Hewlett Packard in Orlando.  The latter from which he retired after 35 years of the “old HP way”,  many of the best years of our lives together.  Jim and Patricia aka the Pickleman and Mad Pat also had a gourmet food business for the past eleven years.  He and Pat greatly enjoyed participating in the local New Smyrna Beach Farmers Market. Although Jim’s presence made it a fun go-to-place on Saturday mornings.  To Jim, everyone had a story to tell. Everyone added value and he had a story for everyone.  Jim was a consummate companion and friend.  Always anxious to remedy a project.  Jim was able to fix anything.  He was mechanically inclined too.  He was able to build kitchen cabinets, repair screens, sprinklers, boats, cars, and put out fires.  His pet peve was “customer service”.  Likewise, Jim expected quality service when he was the customer.  He loved spending time at his home with his family.  Jim especially enjoyed his newly found friends both on the Inlet and in Sugar Mill Country Club.  He was crazy about his biggest challenge in retirement -- golf.  Jim leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 25 years, Patricia and their sheltie Miss Haley.  In Jim’s honor donations may be made to Hospice of Volusia Flagler, 3800 Wood Briar Rd, Port Orange.  Thank you for all of your kindnesses.  Thanks to everyone who has sent emails, cards, phonecalls and most of all your prayers.  He was my hero, my love, our Pic.  In honor of Jim’s Celebration of Life dress attire will be golf shorts.  Memories may be shared with the family at Baldwincremation.com     In Jim’s honor donations may be made to Hospice of Volusia Flagler, 3800 Wood Briar Rd, Port Orange.  A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 3:30 at Sugar Mill Country Club.  In honor of Jim’s Celebration of Life dress attire will be golf shorts.

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  1. 01 Aug 2011
    Leonard and Joyce says:
    Sory to hear about Jim, one of my favorite cousins, he always carried a pockeknife my dad gave him many years ago. We enjoyed his visits to Ohio and staying with us. Our pickleman will be missed, may he rest in peace

  2. 22 Jul 2011
    Pat F. says:
    I am so sorry to have read of your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. Something that I have personally found to be of great comfort is what the Bible says at John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21:4. In these verses we see that soon God is going to bring about a resurrection of our loved ones and that he is going to do away with all causes we have for suffering including sickness and death. Knowing this has always comforted me and it is my sincere hope that these thoughts comfort your family as well.

  3. 18 Jul 2011
    Maria De Sevilla says:
    The party is never long enough but your days in heaven are! Kittel to me is the definition of the "HP way" that I was taught and live by to this day. I will never forget the happy times, happy hours and the good old days. I have been lucky enough to see our family at Turning out the Lights and I love that you had a celebration of life. Thank you for bringing our HP family together to celebrate you. It was one of those gifts in life that I will never forget.

  4. 16 Jul 2011
    Tom Lamone says:
    So very sorry to hear about Jimmy. He was always so much fun to play golf with. He really loved the game. Best pickles in the world!He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. 13 Jul 2011
    Debbie Baker says:
    When I first joined in the early 80s supporting the Managers on "Area Row", Jim was always friendly, helpful and had a smile on his face when he came to Atlanta. Pickle was a pleasure to deal with.

  6. 13 Jul 2011
    Pauline & Mel Borum says:
    Dear Pat,
    The Obituary you composed says it all! Jim was a "wonderful" and "compassionate" gentleman. You were both Blessed with each others love. God Bless you and your family.

  7. 13 Jul 2011
    Marvel and Peter says:
    "Many People will wak in and out of your life, but only true Friends will leave footprints on your heart". Eleanor Roosevelt

    and footprints Jimmy left on everyone's heart who knew him. To know him was to love him...his ever engaging smile, his exuberance for life, optimistic, happy go lucky, loving kind of guy. He greeted everyone with his big smile and his "hey how's it going"? If you had the time to talk he had the time to listen!

    Mr. Pickleman..he taught us the Gourmet value of Venison, but more importantly to love and embrace life both the good times and the bad. Not to sweat the small stuff, just move on, be happy and to love thy neighbor.

    We only knew Jimmy for four short years (seems like much longer). He taught us so much and we feel blessed to have had him be a part of our lives. He will be missed by all who knew him.

    "Patricia" we send you our love and deepest sympathy". We are sorry not to be able to participate in his celebration of life. We know it will be AMAZING! Please drink a toast to Jimmy for us!!!

  8. 13 Jul 2011
    Steve and Barb Maas says:
    No finer person than Jimmy in our community. I can't think of a day that Jim did not have a smile on his face, in a community where we sometimes look too closely for faults, he always looked for the best in people. I am a better person for knowing him, and will miss him.

  9. 12 Jul 2011
    jJoe Lingle says:
    What a guy. I first met Jim when he was a customer at GE Pittsfield, Ma. This was about 46 years ago and HP was selling GE instruments. Jim then moved to Ct and worked for Gerber Scientific. Gerber was an OEM using our systems.
    Once again Jim and I worked together as he developed an interest in HP.
    After an interview, Jim was hired and started in Orlando. once in Orlando, Jim started on me to move to Fl.
    Once I was in Fla, the relationship continued.
    Not many people had the ability to balance a strong work ethic, ability to design a practicle joke, have a great sense of humor as well as a strong focus on the customer.
    Jim ALWAYS did what was right for the customer while never forgetting who he worked for.
    It is difficult for me to think he is gone but knowing he is in a better place gives some peace.
    God Bless you Jim you remain in our prayers.

  10. 12 Jul 2011
    Gayle and Frank O'Brien says:
    To our dear, dear friend Jimmy. We had such wonderful, crazy times on Camphor Tree Lane. We remember the crunching of gravel on our driveway many an early Saturday morning and looking through our kitchen windows to see you, equipped with tools, looking to put a recalcitrant Frank to work on our own home projects. And you had already been to Home Depot for supplies! We remember wonderful nights with you and Patricia on our dock or by your pool. We remember dinners at Enzo's with lots of wine and never going back to Palma Marias because of the "slow-to-come" wine! We remember moving to the beach and missing our favorite neighbors and, lo and behold, not long after you moved there too. Then we reversed roles and followed you to Sugar Mill! There are so many wonderful memories of our shared past over the last 18 years. You are the nicest, gentlest, most positive man it has been our pleasure to know. Thank you , Jimmy, for bringing so much to our lives. Love, Gayle and Frank

  11. 12 Jul 2011
    The Rich Family says:
    Bill and Nita Rich will never forget Jim Kittel! A truly genuine individual, he was a friend to us and to everyone he came into contact with. Always smiling and good natured, he was a person nobody could possibly dislike. His easily gained friendship was special for us and many others in our community. We’ll especially miss the periodic dinners we enjoyed together with Jim and Patricia at the Sugar Mill Country Club and our mutually favorite Thai restaurant in South Daytona! We’ll also recall with “shock and awe”, Jim’s penchant for eating the “hottest” of spices in his food!

    Jim’s challenge of learning and conquering the game of golf was also special to watch! His enthusiasm and persistence resulted in long booming drives, which he singularly described as a “bam”, and later in an increasingly competent short game. We, and his other fellow “duffers”, also enjoyed his effervescent presence during our post game sessions when we individually told tall stories about our best golf shots of the day!

    Most of all, we will remember Jim because of who he was: a friend, a good neighbor, and a genuine person with absolutely no biases! Jim treated everyone with dignity and respect and we will sorely miss him!

  12. 12 Jul 2011
    Debi Robertson says:
    Pic was a great man and I enjoyed many years at HP supporting him in his manager role and his team. We enjoyed many cold ones at the German restaurant after work to cool down from our crazy work days. He will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and his beloved wife Patricia. Your tee time is endless so enjoy your new game.

  13. 12 Jul 2011
    Nancy and Cormac Tully says:
    Jimmy was our friend. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, kindness and positive outlook by everyone fortunate to have met him. Jimmy, our lives are richer because of you. We love you and miss you

  14. 11 Jul 2011
    Cheryl Arnold says:
    Jim was such a wonderful person. Creative problem solver, always ready to pitch in and get things done. And someone to be trusted as a friend and gentleman. With a wicked sense of humor. He faced all that life had to give and still retained his own sense of who he was. He will be missed.

  15. 11 Jul 2011
    Cher Dawn says:
    Dear Pat and family,
    Im very sorry for your loss. Jim was a very much loved He touched many lives. A hope that I wanted to share with you can be found in your Bible at John 5:28,29. It states soon God will resurect to life and this earth those whom he chooses. And soon after that he will eliminate death all together (Isa 25:8). Until then may you be comforted by the "God of all comfort". (2Cor 1:3)

  16. 11 Jul 2011
    Sandy Brown says:
    Jim came into my life when I met my husband Terry. They had already had many years as friends together. During those years when we lived in Orlando, we had many great times together as couples, with Pic and Pat. He will truly be missed by us and especially by my husband. Pic was so full of life and energy and was always fun to spend time with. I will cherish all those wonderful memories and I am so glad we had some quality time with them last fall when "all was good". I'm sure he'll be with us in spirit as we contimue our travels here on earth!

  17. 11 Jul 2011
    Al and Dianne Beeler says:
    The passing of a giant! A loveable, fun, kind hearted man who made evryone's day better by just being in it....we will never forget that wonderful smile! Gone but not forgotten!

  18. 11 Jul 2011
    Betsy and Brian Corey says:
    We will truly miss your wonderful smile and your positive attitude. We knew you for too short a time but your love,generosity and kindness was certainly felt by all. Thank you for being our friend.

  19. 11 Jul 2011
    George Dugosh says:
    Jim is one of my favorite memories from my early days in Hewlett-Packard’s Southern Sales Region. He and the other senior CE’s and District Managers I had the occasion to meet & eat with were all full of life & fun, a lifestyle. Professional service-delivery execution & great customer satisfaction was their mantra, the daily marching orders. But at days end, ah, the fun began.

  20. 10 Jul 2011
    Monica Balmaz says:
    I'll always remember that wonderful smile of his. He was always such a joy to be around. He was so kind and friendly to all. He will be missed very much by so many. Patricia, you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts.

  21. 10 Jul 2011
    Chris & Ann Vorndran says:
    It is with deep sadness and shock to read about the passing of a remarkable man. Jim was not only a good neighbor but a very special friend. Jim was always there when needed. I will always remember the BBQ's he stood over. God Speed Jim, you will surly be missed.

    Ann & Chris

  22. 10 Jul 2011
    FELIX BALMAZ says:
    Pickle was one of the best. It was a pleasure ;knowing him and working with him. I NEVER worried about walking ito a customer facility and getting blindsided with support criticism. I told him once that I never hesitated to give a prospect our unedited customer list for him to verify our support, because I knew that everyone would give a positive reference.

    I'll always remember Jim sweating over the BBQ grill at the HP picnics. He never hesitated to tgake care of his fellow HP employees.

    Pick was a real pleasure to be around. May he rest in peace. If anybody deserves it, he does.

  23. 10 Jul 2011
    Belinda Wilkerson says:
    My deepest condolences to all of his family and friends. He was truly an embodiment of the "old" HP Way and we will all miss him.

  24. 10 Jul 2011
    Mary Ann Bost says:
    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal
    Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
    Mary Ann Bost
    AA to Dave Rickard when Jim reported to Dave. Good times.

  25. 10 Jul 2011
    M.L.HURT says:
    Very sorry to read of the passing of your dear loved one James. Life is such a precious gift and yet so short-lived for the time we exist. I am writing to share a few words of comfort and encouragement from the source of truth the bible.
    God holds out a wonderful hope for all those in the grave. At John 11;25 Jesus said "I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. HE THAT EXERCIES FAITH IN ME, EVEN THOUGH HE DIES, WILL COME TO LIFE."
    The ine accounts of ones in the bible who were resurrected are a guarantee that the resurrection of others is possible. God can bring back tthe billions of dead he holds within his perfect memory. (JOHN 5-28,29) What a blessed reason to hope in God!
    With the gift of your memories of James they will bring you great joy. When a loved one becomes a memory that memory turn into a treasure.
    Talking, writing, and reading the information in the bible about the resurrection will help with the grieving process.
    May you and yours lean on Jehovah God for the strength you need at this sad time. (PSALMS 83-18)
    Agape
    M.L.Hurt

  26. 10 Jul 2011
    BOB MITCHELL says:
    The "Pic" will always have a place in my HP memory book as a genuine Bill & Dave devotee. We had many interactons starting in 1978. I will always remember him for his dedication to our customers and also for his friendship over our careers. I hope that his family can find comfort in that he was genuinely liked and respected for his professionalism and dedication to his family and HP friends.

  27. 09 Jul 2011
    Dean Athanassiades says:
    Jim, I will always remember you for your smile and and as a role model for the HP Way

  28. 09 Jul 2011
    Mike Jolly says:
    As an old school HP'er, Jim was one of the best to work with. He was involved, informed and always engaging. I doubt there is anyone that didn't enjoy their interactions with this special individual. He will be missed by many.

  29. 09 Jul 2011
    Jerry and Sue Appleton says:
    The "old" Hewlett-Packard family of the Southern Sales Region wishes to express our deepest sympathy of one of the "good guys". His memory will live on for many.

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