James ‘Jimmy’ Mira Jr.
Key West CitizenAugust 10, 2017
JAMES “JIMMY” MIRA JR.
Jimmy Mira, 78, of Key West, Florida passed away on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 at Baptist Hospital in Miami after a courageous battle following open heart surgery. Jimmy was born on Dec. 30, 1938 in Key West to Jamie Mira Sr. and Dolores “Lola” Mira. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, his sister Sylvia Mira, and his twin children John and Teresa Mira.
Words cannot describe the bigger-than-life personality that Jimmy possessed. He was never at a loss for words or opinions. Everyone always knew where Jimmy stood on a topic, a Conch to the core. Besides his love of family, there was no greater love and passion than what he had for Key West and all that it stands for. He would never allow anyone to say a cross word about his wonderful little town.
He especially enjoyed being around friends and family telling stories about old Key West. The days when Key West was about helping your neighbor. The days when everyone had nicknames and all children were truly raised by a village. His proudest moments were serving as City Commissioner from 1981 to 1985 where he proposed and pushed many rulings that helped many, such as the kidney dialysis center in Key West so locals would not need to make the trip to Miami. He then went on to work for National Distributing Company, where he was a top salesman and loved by all who knew him. He loved to entertain the customers at George Mira’s Pizza Huddle and especially looked forward to the baseball players after they won a game. Their reward was to go and enjoy the best pizza in town and be greeted by Jimmy and his whole family, who helped run the restaurant.
After retirement, he worked as a tour guide for the Truman Little White House, where his knowledge of Key West history was a highlight on his tours. Perhaps his most remembered experience was in his attempt in giving President Harry S Truman a free newspaper, when the president remarked, “You’ll never get rich giving away free newspapers.” The president then threw Jimmy a nickel. It’s a moment he always treasured and enjoyed sharing on his tours.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of over 25 years and, too, by the Conch Republic (in which he was a founder) and her citizens. Surviving him are his wife and daughter, Roberta and Brittany Mira, his daughters Yvette (Kevin) Talbott and Michelle (Chris) Cohen, his brothers George (Nancy) Mira and Joe (Kristin) Mira and his sister Rosie (Jimmy) Thomas, five grandchildren Lauren, Amanda, Caroline, Christopher and Mackenzie; and too many nieces and nephews to count.
Memorial services will be held at Dean Lopez Funeral Home, 418 Simonton St., Key West at 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11. The viewing will begin at 6 p.m. and a celebration of Jimmy’s life will begin at 7 p.m. The funeral service is set for 11 a.m. at Saint Mary Basilica this Saturday, Aug. 12, with a burial to follow at Key West City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Iberia Bank to benefit the Key West High School golf program.