James Kevin Newman
1923 - 2009
James Kevin Newman, resident of Paradise Valley, Ariz. since 1957, passed away March 21, 2009. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on April 17, 1923, to James J. and Marie Kevin Newman, he was raised in Akron, Ohio. He attended Choate Preparatory and then went on to Princeton University. World War II and enlistment in the U.S. Navy cut short his college career.
He met the love of his life, Mary Bradley Newman, shortly after discharge. The couple had six children in the East before Mr. Newman fulfilled a lifelong dream of living in the Southwest. Settling on the eastern slope of Mummy Mountain. The family grew to eight children, all of whom grew up in the wide spaces of Arizona, and like their father, all still cherish and actively enjoy the beauty of this state.
An avid outdoorsman, his hunting and camping trips are legendary. Mr. Newman was a talented athlete, with tennis his favorite sport. He was nationally ranked and played competitively until almost 80 years old. He was the eldest teaching pro to be certified in the USTA Southwest District.
Mr. Newman was a devout Catholic and his faith was integral to his life. He was a daily hero in the raising of a family of eight children, and in conducting all of his affairs with the utmost honesty, integrity, dignity and humor, always a gentleman. He was an example of a loving, kind, calm family man. He will be missed and may he rest in peace.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and James Newman; and his wife, Mary Bradley Newman.
Survivors are Mary Lemionet, Scottsdale; Kevin (Peggy) Newman, Payson; Bradley, Prescott; Dennis, Seattle; Jim, Scottsdale; Janie, Prescott; Annie (Craig) Tribken, Boise, Idaho; and John (Tammy) Newman, Poway, Calif. Also surviving are six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his sister, Patricia Rummage, and others of his extended families.
Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, March 24 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale. Interment was at St. Francis Cemetery, Phoenix.
Donations may be made in Mr. Newman’s honor to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.