James Austin Newman

January 9, 1947 - February 14, 2013
James Austin Newman

Williamsburg – Jim Newman, age 66, passed away on Feb. 14, 2013 peacefully at home surrounded by family after a 14 month “marathon” struggle with Pancreatic Cancer. He was born on January 9, 1947 to the late Rev. John Wesley Newman and Helen Austin Newman. Jim was preceded in death by his older brother, John Wesley Newman, III. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Patricia Hooker Newman, and son, Austin Hooker Newman (Holly), and two grandsons, Arthur Henry Newman and William Austin Newman.

Jim was a 1969 graduate of the College of William and Mary as well as the Marshall School of Law in 1976. He had worked as a stockbroker, realtor, lawyer and builder before finally partnering with Sunny Day Guide to establish the Williamsburg Colonial Guide and Sunny Day in Sanibel, Fl. Jim enjoyed sports, history, plants, and traveling the world.

The family thanks all of the friends, colleagues and extended family who were so supportive and faithful in visiting him during this illness.

In lieu of a service or flowers the family will hold a scattering of ashes at a later date. The family asks that contributions can be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation at POB 1848, Longmont, CO 80502 or www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/jimmynewman.


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  • February 17, 2013
    Glenn Tuck says:
    My prayers and thoughts are with all Jims family at this sad time. It was a previlege to know and work for him - he was one of the nicest people I have ever known. He will be missed.

  • February 16, 2013
    Vikkie Rhodes-White says:
    Jimmy lived life to the fullest. His love of travel took Tricia and him on adventures all over the world. He no sooner unpacked a suitcase that he was ready to go again. Jimmy also was passionate about history, and though my husband Ken only knew him a short while, he shared a similar interest and will miss their conversations. Our thoughts go out to Tricia, Austin and his family who were so loving and brave thru this long ordeal.

  • February 20, 2013
    Mickey Chohany says:
    Jim was such a great guy. We looked forward to seeing him at least once a year when we renewed our subscription in his publication the Colonial Guide. We spent 5 minutes on the contract and a minimum of an hour visiting and sharing stories. What a truly wonderful person. I will miss my friend and cherish his visits forever.

  • February 19, 2013
    Gayla Ames says:
    I worked with Jim for 8 years at Sunny Day. He will always be one of my most positive memories. He had the best attitude and his laugh always brightened my day...sure gonna miss you Jimbo.

  • March 05, 2013
    Dr. J. Hardin Boyer says:
    For a number of years Jim was my rep for Sunny Days. I have never met a nicer man. You only had to meet him to know he had a wonderful and kind heart. We never failed to have delightful conversations. He always talked about his family and his world travels. Though I have now retired, I will still miss him. I only wish I had known he was sick so I could have spent some time with him. He was surely one of a kind.