James Richard “Jim” Hambacher

May 10, 1949 - Dec 21, 2019

Service

Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Trinity Presbyterian Church

3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC

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On December 21, 2019 James Richard “Jim” Hambacher, beloved husband, father, and community stalwart died unexpectedly but peacefully at the age of 70. Jim was born on May 10, 1949 in Plainfield, New Jersey, to Allen and Beulah Hambacher.

He attended Governor Livingston High School, where he was a star athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball. As offensive guard and ...

3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC

On December 21, 2019 James Richard “Jim” Hambacher, beloved husband, father, and community stalwart died unexpectedly but peacefully at the age of 70. Jim was born on May 10, 1949 in Plainfield, New Jersey, to Allen and Beulah Hambacher.

He attended Governor Livingston High School, where he was a star athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball. As offensive guard and defensive lineman, Jim played on the Highlanders football team for famed Coach Jack Bicknell. In 1965, the Highlanders won Governor Livingston’s one-and-only State Championship. 

After high school, Jim started as offensive guard on the National Championship team at Ferrum (VA) Junior College. He then played for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a starting offensive lineman. 

Following graduation, Jim coached UNCC’s freshman team as a graduate assistant, and went on to complete his Master of Science degree in school administration.

Jim carried his passion for sports and leadership into a 35-year career as a teacher, school administrator, and football coach at several high schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district. His reputation for being fair to all and expecting each student-athlete’s best efforts was well-known among team members and their parents alike. Compassionate as well, Jim was a personal mentor to many of his players needing guidance. In 1986, he coached West Mecklenburg High School to their best football season on record and, in that year, was named Coach of the Year. 

He moved into administration as Assistant Principal at West Mecklenburg HS in the early 1990’s and later became a member of the inaugural administrative team opening David W. Butler High School. Before retiring, he was CMS Area Administrator for Student Services. 

During summers, Jim served as Director of the Foxcroft East Racquet and Swim Club, where he forged lifelong friendships.

Jim married his wife, Candy, in 2008. They achieved their dream to retire at the beach with the completion of their Oak Island home in 2016. 

“Big Jim,” as he came to be known by those closest to him, and Candy, have spent the last four years at “Glory Days,” living the good life with their golden retriever, Lady. Though some of his favorite times were spent relaxing with Candy in the pool he built with his brother, Allen, he missed being busy. So, in 2019, he opened a pool maintenance company, serving local residents of Oak Island. 

Jim's passion for life was contagious, and his fervor for sports was clearly evident as he cheered on the Tar Heels, the Panthers, and, of course, the Yankees. His friends will fondly remember the hours spent playing golf and laughing with Big Jim. He had also just taken up playing pickleball, where he instantly became known for willingness to laugh at his own mistakes and his unswerving sense of sportsmanship. Some of Big Jim's most precious moments were with his beloved grandson Leo, now 7 years old. They spent many summer weeks at Oak Island fishing, swimming, and making memories.

Jim is survived by his wife, Candy Walden Hambacher; his daughters, Christin Allen Hambacher of Charlotte, NC, and Lindsey Loren Hambacher Bukhari (Firas) of San Francisco, CA; his grandson, Zachary Leo Bukhari; his brothers and sisters, Linda Hambacher Sausville of Southport, NC; Allen John Hambacher, Jr., of Palm Harbor, FL; Erich Paul Hambacher of Charlotte, NC; and Loren Hambacher Forshaw of Debordieu, SC. Jim is also survived by many cousins, nephews, and nieces.

A celebration of Big Jim's life will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC, on Friday, December 27th, at 11 am, with a reception following. 

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