D. James “Jim” Sanderson, 81, of Temple Terrace, passed away Saturday evening, April 15th, at Pepin Heart Center in Tampa, Florida.
Jim was born in Detroit on November 11, 1935, to Donald and Ann Sanderson, the oldest of six children. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Donald James, Jr., and brother, Jon Sanderson.
Jim is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jo Ann Reichardt Sanderson, his daughter Nancy Emerson, (David Emerson), granddaughters, Courtney Fleming (Jesse Schroader), Grace and Amber Emerson, and two great granddaughters Olivia and Penelope Schroader. Jim is also survived by his brother, Patrick, three sisters, Carol Murray, Julie Brockman (Chris) and Joanne Kuszaj (Jim), and numerous nieces and nephews.
After 24 years with Reeves Import Motorcars, Jim retired as their Service Director in 2001. During that time, he served on the Hillsborough Community College’s Academic Automotive Advisory Board to help foster a viable workforce for sustainable careers in the automotive industry.
After retirement, Jim became involved with eBay and was recognized as one of the top eBay Instructors in the Country. Teaching many companies, such as members of the Southeast Toyota Parts Distributors, as a Volunteer Instructor of eBay Classes with SeniorNet/OLLI classes at the University of South Florida, hosting eBay Days at the Post Office and working with individuals to teach them eBay.
Jim was very involved in the revitalization and re-development of the neighborhoods surrounding the University of South Florida Tampa Campus. He has served on the USF Area Community Civic Association, Inc. board of directors for over 30 years and as Treasurer for over 20 years. He was instrumental in establishing the University Area Community Development Corporation, Inc. and the University Area Community Center Complex which serves over 12,000 undeserved children and families each year.
Working with Community leaders and the Civic Association, Jim helped pave the way for the creation of Bowers Whitley Career Academy which includes High School Educational programs to help students develop careers in the automotive industry.
Jim was well known for his award winning Chili, having participated in several Chili Cook-Offs, winning the Steve Otto Chili Cook-Off a couple of times.
A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held at the University Community Center at a later date.
Memorial Contributions may be made in Jim’s name to the University Area Community Development Corporation, Inc. 14013 North 22nd Street, Tampa, FL 33613. Please make a note on your contribution that it is a donation in Jim Sanderson’s memory.