James Joseph Martin Sternola, "Jim" and "Uncle Jimmy", of Everett, Washington, passed away Tuesday morning on September 14, 2021, in Everett, Washington.
He was born January 3rd, 1962 to loving parents, Joseph and Grace Sternola, in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Jim grew up in Lynnwood, Washington, and later enlisted in the Army in 1986 where he served our great country for 4 years. He took part in the invasion of Panama - Operation Just Cause - in 1989-90 during the first Bush Administration where he served on a tank crew and received two medals. He was honorably discharged in 1990.
He moved to Arizona in 1995 and worked for the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess Hotel for 7 years, he was well liked and respected. Unfortunately, In 2002, he was hit by a drunk driver, and left for dead. Good Samaritans found him and called 911. He was in a coma for 2 months, but eventually recovered as a quadriplegic with a spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. He was transferred up to Washington to Delta Rehabilitation Center where he lived for 17 years, which closed down in 2019. He was moved to Adagio Adult Family Home in Everett where he lived for 2 years until several bouts of pneumonia ultimately took his life.
Jim loved his family and friends. He was very strong and brave. He was greatly loved and supported and will be remembered with admiration and pride. Jim was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to many.
He is survived by his Uncle Tony Sternola, sister, Gwen Boone, brother Philip Sternola, and nieces Lindsey Bean, Savannah Boone, Jessica Bogin and Kelley Boone. He is preceded in death by his father Joseph Sternola, and mother Grace Sternola.
Private family services with military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery will be held.
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