James (Jim) Patrick McEnery

James (Jim) Patrick McEnery was born on Easter morning, March 24, 1940, in Pittsburgh, PA. to Julia Walsh McEnery and Patrick McEnery. Jim lived his life with passion and zest. He often said that he had never been bored a moment in his life. Even though he had experienced health problems for many years, his passing came unexpectedly, but peacefully on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Jim was preceded in death by both of his parents, as well as his beloved first wife, Pamela (Pam) McEnery, with whom he had four children.

Jim leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife of 22 years, Gale McEnery, and five children: Scott McEnery; Kristine McEnery; Maureen Shipley and husband Tony; Michael McEnery and wife Rachel; and Rich Edwards and wife Lia Edwards. He also leaves behind fourteen grandchildren, in whom he delighted: Lauren Munselle, Christina Munselle, Sean McEnery, Mackenzie Brown, Mason Brown, Jacob Carr, Ben Shipley, Christina Hulka-McEnery, Anna McEnery, Sophia McEnery, Luke McEnery, Jack McEnery, Alex Edwards, and Zach Edwards. Jim is also survived by his sister, Anna Marie Schaefer, and his brother, John McEnery and his wife, Lin, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Professionally, Jim had a very successful career as a structural engineer. But in other aspects of his life, Jim was somewhat of a renaissance man. As a young husband and father, he loved taking his family on camping and fishing trips. His “kids” still argue over who won the last fishing trophy. Even though he worked long hours, Jim was very involved in his children’s activities when they were growing up. He could be seen holding the flag along the sidelines in a Little League football game, or marking off the bases on a baseball diamond. Jim was a member of a local running club for many years, and ran in several marathons. He loved hiking and taking long walks. Jim loved being a spectator of sports of all kinds, especially football. Even though he had been a life-long Steelers’ fan, Jim became a Houston Texans’ supporter and season ticket holder. He loved to read, and in the last few years of his life, he became a voracious reader, reading one book after another on his Kindle. Jim loved reading cooking magazines, and he was a fantastic cook. His favorite holiday was St. Patrick’s Day, which was always celebrated with his famous corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread. He was a devout Catholic. One of the last books he read was about Mother Teresa’s life.

Although the picture of health for most of his life, Jim experienced numerous health problems in his last years. Throughout it all, he maintained his bright smile, sense of humor, and positive attitude. He would often say “I’m the luckiest man in the world.” But, in truth, those who were fortunate to know Jim, love him, and be loved by him were the most fortunate of all.

There will be a viewing on Sunday evening, July 2nd, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Crowder Funeral Home, 111 E. Medical Center Blvd., Webster, TX, followed by a vigil and rosary. Funeral services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 3131 El Dorado Blvd., Houston, TX. After a luncheon at the church, burial will follow at Forest Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association in Jim’s memory.


  1. It was an honor to know my brother-in-law Jim. I send my deepest sympathy to Gale, his children and grandchildren. The world lost a great man but heaven sure gained an angel. Bless you all!

    Ronna Thompson
    • Thank you, Ronna Lee. You are so right, heaven certainly gained an angel. And I lost one, but just temporarily. I will join him some day.

      Gale McEnery
  2. Sorry for your loss, The McEnery family is in my prayers…

    Kedrick Redd
  3. Steve and I are thinking of you and feeling very sad for your loss.

    Darlene Hulka
    • Darlene, thank you for all of the love you and Steve have extended to Jim and me, not just during the last week, but over the years. I love you both.

      Gale McEnery
  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gale and the family at this difficult. We loved Jim and it was an honor to be called his friends. He was a great man, husband, father, and grandfather and will be dearly missed.

    Felix and Carolyn Natoli Pittsburgh, Pa.
    • Jim never stopped talking about how excited he was that his Pittsburgh buddies, Ray, Felix, and Tom came for a visit in March of 2016. The three of you made him feel so special (which he was, obviously). Thank you, Felix and Carolyn, for your sympathy and love. Jim loved you, too.

      Gale McEnery
  5. So sorry … words just cannot express …

    Mike Kent

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