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1942 James 2023

James P. Driscoll

October 8, 1942 — June 13, 2023


James “Jim” Patrick Driscoll, withdrew from the tournament of life on June 13, 2023. Born on October 8, 1942, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to John and Dorothy Driscoll, he was a son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandpa, great papa, and good friend to so many. Jim enjoyed life to the fullest and shared his loves, ideals, and passions with all who met him on his life journey.  His entrepreneurial spirit led him to Madison in 1970 to found Stay-Lite Lighting Service, now PKK Lighting, Inc. with his life partner and wife Joanne. A lifelong athlete, he had passions for softball, golf, downhill skiing, and bicycle riding. As a teacher and mentor, he helped a myriad of avid skiers become ski-patrollers in the 1970’s and early 80’s. A true conservationist his knowledge of lighting helped save millions of kilowatts of energy through consistent and ethical use of the most energy efficient products available at countless businesses in Dane County. Jim was also an avid cook and often blurred the line between gourmet and gourmand, and enjoyed discovering, creating, and consuming fine food and drink with family and friends, especially if a game of Sheepshead was in the offing. As health dictated, however, his joy of mentoring also led him to Weight Watchers where he continued to help others using his kind wit and caring demeanor. Jim is preceded in death by his father, John, mother, Dorothy, grandson, Quinn and son, Scott. He is survived by his heart and love of his life, Joanne, brother David (Ginger), son Chris (Jojo), niece Ginna, daughter-in-law Kelly, grandchildren Paddy (Jenn), Kie (Eva), Kaylyn (Corey), Cael, Brenna (Corey), and Colleen, great-grandchildren Sophie and Elliot and his thousands of Irish and not so Irish cousins of the Driscoll clan. Our family thanks Senior Helper’s, especially Joy, and Agrace Hospice Care. Their support has been invaluable beyond words.  Jim’s wishes are to be cremated without pomp or service. He certainly will appreciate it, however, if you pump your fist after making an especially good putt or whoop at the top of your lungs while taking your first turns in fresh powder.

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