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James (Jim) A. Weldon, 79, of Ft. Lauderdale, passed away on May 13, 2015. Jim was born July 22, 1935 in Queens, N.Y. to Alexander and Dorothy Weldon, and moved to Ft. Lauderdale with his family in 1953. Jim is survived by his wife Gisela, daughters, Kelley Weldon Bentley and Kimberly Weldon; stepson Roger Sanford of Ft. Lauderdale; sisters, Joan Wolford (Bill) of Greenacres, Maureen Ladd (Jim) of Stuart, Cathy Smith (George) of Hobe Sound, a brother A.J. Weldon (Mary Anne) of Ft. Lauderdale and nieces and nephews. After serving 6 years in the U.S. Navy, Jim joined his family in Ft. Lauderdale and began a career in the electrical industry in 1957 by being accepted into the JATC of Ft. Lauderdale (the National JATC is the foremost electrical apprenticeship training school in America). Upon completion and achieving the credentials of Journeyman Electrician, Jim traveled extensively throughout the "lower 48" practicing his craft on everything from mountain bungalows in California, ICBM missile bases in the Dakotas to hydro projects in the Finger Lakes area of Upstate New York. Jim, a lover of life, enjoyed his time "on the road" and returned to Fort Lauderdale with the single-minded goal to fulfill his dream of becoming the Business Manager of IBEW LU 728. Jim was elected Business Manager of his coveted IBEW LU 728 in 1970 and remained in that position until his retirement in 2007. Jim also served as a Port Everglades Commissioner for a brief period and was also on a committee of the National Electrical Code. In his retirement, Jim stayed engaged as a vice president of yet another progressive organization: the Florida Chapter of the Alliance for Retired Americans. Jim was also proud to have his name on the honor roll of the Irish Cultural Institute of Florida and the Board of the Ft. Lauderdale Emerald Society. Notwithstanding all his accomplishments, Jim was quick to identify himself to everyone he met as an electrician, "a union electrician."

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