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James Thomas Hewitt

Posted By Hall-Wynne On January 12, 2017 @ 3:51 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 6 Comments

DURHAM: James Thomas Hewitt, 82, died Monday, January 9, 2017, at Duke Hospital following a short illness. He was born September 3, 1934 in Scranton, PA to Samuel and Elizabeth (Craig) Hewitt. Jim graduated from Notre Dame, after which he received an MBA degree from Northwestern University and a J.D. degree from John Marshall Law School. He served in the U.S. Army and later joined the Army Reserve.

Jim acted as General Counsel and Director of Human Resources for several large companies over the course of his career. His final career position brought him to Durham where he eventually retired. Jim utilized his business and leadership expertise to benefit several local charities.

Jim was an active parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he contributed unique vision and wisdom in the church’s mission and direction. His priorities were his faith, his family and service to his community, all pursued with good humor and a positive outlook.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Carol Ann Hewitt; his beloved step-mother, Reba Hewitt; three daughters, Janice Hewitt, and her fiancé, John Kretchmer, Linda Frawley, and her husband, Mike, and Kim Bishop, and her husband, Peter; son Jim Hewitt, and his wife, Shari; grandchildren, Jason, Justin, and Adam Bishop, Kyle, Elizabeth, Pierce, Alexandra, and Shea Frawley, Tyler and Kelsey Zimmermann, and Chris, Racheal, and Jake Hewitt; great-grandchildren, Violet Zimmermann, Hudson and Kimber Bishop, Carson Homberger, and Henry Kolkind.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 10:00 AM Monday, January 16, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The family will receive friends at church following the funeral. Interment will be at St. Matthew Catholic Cemetery.

Gifts in Jim’s memory may be made to: familiesmovingforwardnc.org. Support for this organization would be deeply meaningful to Jim and his family. Arrangements for the Hewitt family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.

Condolences for the family of “James Thomas Hewitt”

Condolence from Cindy Rodi Madden on January 12th, 2017 11:17 pm

Dear Hewitt Family,
It is hard for me to think of Jim as anything but healthy and happy, he was someone I have very fond memories from my youth up until the last time I saw him and Carol and my mother’s funeral. We loved growing up with your family and I have vivid visions of your home in Racine with Owl decor and wonderful baked goods. We were so blessed to have such wonderful times together, I wish you strength and comfort, I hope he has reunited with Jan and they are looking down on us with love and devotion~
Peace and Joy,
Cindy Rodi Madden

Condolence from Les Wilfong on January 13th, 2017 3:36 pm

Dear Carol Hewitt and family,

Working with Jim for more than a decade, and being a friend much longer, it is hard to realize he’s gone. He and I shared a love of music, and our musical “get togethers” will be sorely missed. He was a great and understanding man, who had the respect of those who knew him. His sense of humor was always uplifting and our fun times together were great. Our sincere sympathy goes out to his Carol and his entire family.

We will remember Jim always.

Les and Gina Wilfong

Condolence from Patricia Basta on January 14th, 2017 8:13 pm

Jack and I offer our heart-felt condolences on Jim’s passing. We will miss him terribly. His dry wit and warm smile always made Sunday morning a treat. He was so wonderful to so many people. We specifically remember his dedication to Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network (now Families Moving Forward). His poetry will always live in our hearts.

With love and friendship,
Patricia Basta & Jack Hill

Condolence from Patty Rodi on January 15th, 2017 10:33 am

Dear Hewitt Family,
The mere mention of Jim Hewitt will always bring a smile to your face. He lived a full life of love, laughter and dear friendships. What beautiful happy memories we Rodi’s have of Jim and his family visiting us and playing games of pool and cards to the hysterical laughs of my parents.
I am comforted by the fact that he is in heaven with my mom. Their friendship lasted a lifetime and beyond.

Lots of love and prayers,

Patty Rodi

Condolence from Tom McEvoy on January 15th, 2017 8:48 pm

Jim was nothing but a class act. During his time at Qualex he taught me so much. His door was always open if you had a problem or you just wanted to talk he was there to listen and offer council. when you just wanted to BS Jim was a hoot….you always walked out feeling better than when you walked in…even if you did not have a problem. Off work, on the golf course he was the ultimate gentleman no matter how poorly you played.
Always respected you Jim….GOD SPEED! My sympathy to Carol and his family.

Condolence from Rachel Johnson on January 16th, 2017 9:37 am

I had the honor to work with Jim through DIHN and then through Families Moving Forward. He was an incredible person and he will be missed tremendously by his FMF family. My thoughts continue to be with his family during this time.

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