James Steven Pittlick

July  19th, 1941 April  22nd, 2024
Pleasant Hill, CA
James Steven Pittlick

Those who touch our lives, stay in our hearts forever.


JJames Steven Pittlick, age 82 years, of Pleasant Hill California, peacefully passed away on 4/22/2024, in the presence of his wife and daughters, surrounded by their love for him.

James was born on July 19th, 1941 to parents, Emma Pauline Weise and Matthew Joseph Pittlick in Oakland, CA. James known as “Jim” to many of his friends, grew-up in East Oakland. As a young boy, he enjoyed playing football and basketball with the neighborhood boys, collecting Lionel trains and playing the piano. His first job was at age 14 years old, as a bag boy at Safeway. He graduated from Fremont High School in 1958. He went on to earn an Associates degree from Diablo Valley College. As a young man, Jim enjoyed owning cars, with his first being a 1959 Chevy Impala 2-door bubble top, which he was very proud of. He eventually obtained his favorite car a 1964 Corvette Roadster.

In his early years, Jim was a skilled carpenter and worked with his father prior to enlisting in the Marine reserve. On February 1st, 1968 he graduated from the Berkeley Police Academy and began his career as a police officer with the City of Berkeley. As a new officer Jim courageously worked the frontlines of the late 1960s Berkeley Vietnam war riots. It was October 8th, 1973 when Jim transitioned to work as a police officer for BART police as badge number “76”. Jim’s service to the community as a police officer was a very fulfilling and rewarding career. He worked many special assignments, including a Special Investigation Unit, undercover work and as a Field Training Officer. Jim worked 30 years as a police officer and enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow officers. Because of this, he prolonged his retirement date three times, eventually retiring on July 19th, 1997.

In 1964, Jim met Phyllis on a blind-date who was the love of his life. Jim and Phyllis married on January 23, 1965. They enjoyed 59 years of marriage. Throughout their relationship they had many joys. Challenges too, which they overcame together through their unwavering love and commitment to each other. On October 20th, 1969 they moved into their home that Jim built with the help of his Dad, brother and friends. Jim and Phyllis have 2 daughters, Theresa and Amy. He was a loving Father and devoted husband. A man of strong integrity and commitment that he instilled in his children.

Annually, Jim and Phyllis spent summer vacations in Lake Tahoe with their family. A dream of their’s was to build a home in Lake Tahoe which was completed in 1989. One of his pleasures was taking his family water skiing on Lake Tahoe and having picnics on the beach at Sand Harbor. Jim enjoyed the serenity of Lake Tahoe, many moments were spent on the deck of their home sitting in the morning sun working crossword puzzles with a cup of coffee.

During his retirement years, Jim and Phyllis managed a small office complex for their dear friend Gordon. Working part-time allowed for many getaways to their home in Lake Tahoe and spending time with friends and family. He delighted in spending time with his grandsons watching them grow, going to classic car shows and doing carpentry.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Matthew and Emma Pittlick. He is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis, daughters Theresa and Amy, son-in-laws Kenneth McKilligan and Chris Smith, grandsons Noah McKilligan and Maxwell McKilligan and his younger brother Steve Pittlick. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jim was a loving father who cherished his family. He was a proud man with incredible strength having lived the last 6 years of life with a severe physical disability. Throughout his challenges he kept his sense of humor and was driven by the love of his family. Jim touched many lives during his lifetime and will be deeply missed by his family, friends, colleagues and neighbors.

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April 27, 2024
Uncle Jim fond memories,I met my Uncle Jim when I was 11 years old,he bought me a model truck which we painted and assembled together,when he brought a new motorcycle he took me with him on rides as I bonded with my Uncle Jim .Love and miss you always Uncle Thank You for sharing.God Bless You, nephew Mark
Mark Thevenot
April 27, 2024
To my Aunt Phyllis and my cousins, Theresa and Amy, and to the rest of the family, may the peace of God -- "that surpasses all understanding" -- comfort you.
There are too many fond childhood memories of my Uncle Jim to mention here, but one thing about Uncle Jim was his quick wit. A wit that made my brother, Paul, and I laugh quite often.
I am glad I had a moment to speak with him on the phone a month before he passed. I told him that I love him and that Jesus loves him. Along with his humor and love of family, it was a moment I'll always cherish.
David Douglas
April 26, 2024
To my Dad-

We’ll always remember
 That special smile,
That caring heart,
That warm embrace,
 You always gave us.
You being there
For Mom and us
 Through good and bad times,
 No matter what.
We’ll always remember 
You Dad because
 They’ll never be another one
 To replace you in our hearts,
And the love we will always
 have for you

Blessed & so thankful to call you “Dad” ♥️

Theresa McKilligan


What was James's favorite Travel destination?
South Lake Tahoe, CA
What was James's favorite Music / Song?
Country, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra to name a few. 
What was James's favorite Food or Dish?
Phyllis’ Spaghetti & Mexican food 
What was James's favorite Color?
Yellow & blue
What was James's favorite TV show?
Local news & all time fav-All in the Family 
What was James's favorite Book?
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
What was James's favorite Sports Team?
College Football 
What was James's favorite Quote or Saying?
Doo bee doo bee do
What was James's favorite Movie?
Dirty Harry & American Graffiti 
What was James's favorite Game to play?
Crosswords, Solitare & Gin Rummy
Fun fact about James:
Was a lefty - Awesome lefty bowler 
What was James's favorite Restaurant?
Chart House, Claim Jumper & Black Angus
What was James's favorite Drink?
Coors beer, Ice Tea & Gin & Tonic
What was James's favorite Restaurant?
Lakeside Inn “Timbers” restaurant SLT & Kinders Pleasant Hill
What cause was important to James?
Anything involving Police support & Community Service 


Please join us to pay a last tribute honoring Jim's legacy. While we mourn the loss of our dear, we also aim to cherish the moments shared and the joy brought into our lives. Your presence would mean a great deal to us during this time of remembrance and reflection.
Services will include a visitation: Thursday May 2nd from 4-7pm with Rosary at 6pm at Oakmont Memorial Park Redwood chapel, 2099 Reliez Valley Rd. Lafayette, CA. 94549.

A Memorial Mass will take place: May 3rd at 12:30pm at Christ The King Church, 199 Brandon Rd., Pleasant Hill, CA. 94523 followed by interment at 2pm at Oakmont Memorial Park with reception to follow at Christ The King parish hall for a celebration of Jim’s life.

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