James (Jim) Rambaldini died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on June 17, 2021. Jim, or more affectionately known as Rambo, Jimbo or Rambles was born in Seattle on March 15, 1958 to Frank and Catherine Rambaldini. Raised on Mercer Island, he attended St. Monica Catholic School and North Mercer Junior High, where he formed lifelong treasured friendships. He attended Mercer Island High School, and competed in basketball and track & field. He earned the school’s pole vault record in 1976 and held it for 32 years. Following high school, he attended the University of Puget Sound (UPS) in Tacoma, where he met his love of 41years, Lynn.Hewasanactivemember of his fraternity, serving as rush chairman and president. He graduated from UPS in 1980 with degrees in finance and psychol- ogy and earned his law degree in 1984. After a brief career as an attorney, his professional strengths lead him to wealth management. Throughout his 33-year career as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, formerly Solomon Smith Barney, and Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Jim developed a deep connection with his clients, many becoming good friends over the years. He was motivated to help others and dedicat- ed his career to serving his clients’ needs.
Above all, Jim was a family man. He was a loving husband and supportive dad to his three children, Alison, Lauren and Michael. He was present for all his childrens’ sporting events, father-daughter dances, Y-Guide/Y-Princess campouts, and Children’s Choir concerts. He was passionate about lacrosse and loved getting to watch his son play. He learned everything there was to know about the game and became a middle and high school assistant coach at Eastside Catholic.
Jim cherished the incredible friendships he and Lynn formed while raising their kids. Many memories were made with their best family friends enjoying summer days that turned into nights at the Mercer Island Beach Club, family vacations,
parties on the deck, weekends on Whidbey Island, or by simply watching the kids grow up together.
All three of his children attended UW, leading him to quickly embrace Husky Football season. On Dawg Saturday, he could be found at E12, likely in a fashionable man-scarf, making the rounds at the tailgates.
Physical activity was always an integral part of Jim’s life. He loved skiing, running, biking, and swimming and competed in many half marathons and triathlons. In the last few years of his life, he was able to accomplish many of his life goals includ- ing “Running With the Bulls” in Spain, skydiving, and swimming across Lake Washington.
Jim lived much of his life for others. He served on the boards of the Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club, Eastside Catholic High School, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for several years. He enjoyed giving his time to better his com- munity and directly help others.
After a long battle with cancer, Jim’s life was unfairly cut short. He will al- ways be remembered for his sense of hu- mor, loud voice, and ability to liven up a room with his boisterous personality and dance moves. He was the king of doling out nicknames, and once a nickname was given, it was never forgotten. He always found a way to make people feel seen and included. He chose to live life to the fullest and treasured those he loved.
Jim is survived by his wife, Lynn, daughters Alison (Max) and Lauren (Riley), son Michael, and grandson Theodore. Jim was a beloved husband, father, father-in- law, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. He will be truly missed by so many. Until we meet again—We love you!
A celebration of Jim’s life will be held later this summer. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Jim’s name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.