Ugh, this sucks. 🙁 As Sen. Scott Surovell, formerly the Chair of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, writes:
“Wonderful man who dedicated much of his life to helping others. He was always very supportive of my reforms at the Fairfax County Democratic Committee and helped get us up to speed on technology. His work getting The Inside Scoop up on Fairfax County Public Access with Catherine S. Read was indispensable. I’m gonna miss him.”
Personally, I’ve known Jim since 2006 (or possibly 2005?) from a gazillion Fairfax County Democratic Committee events, from Democratic campaigns (e.g., Jim Webb for Senate in 2006), from the famous St. Patrick’s Day “fete” and straw poll by then-Chairman/now-Rep. Gerry Connolly, from his work in helping produce/broadcast Democratic debates and TV shows (e.g., “Inside Scoop”), etc, etc. The last time I talked to Jim was at the final St. Patrick’s Day party, pre-pandemic, and he was in good spirits, although clearly he had had some serious health issues. Anyway, I’ll definitely miss talking to Jim – who was super smart, funny, etc. – and seeing him around, as I’m sure will many many northern Virginia Democrats! Rest in peace, my friend…
From his children: Susan, Cindy, & Jimmy:
James B. (Jim) Southworth, FKIA passed away peacefully this morning, May 15, 2021, after a sudden decline that followed several years of significant health issues. Knowing what was ahead, his celebration of life was hosted in May 2017 in a way that he could join — as a combination birthday party and “retirement” party to allow him to spend time with his extensive community.
He was known for his pioneering work in the telecommunications industry and more recently his volunteer work for state and local Democratic candidates. He was a techie before being a techie was cool. His houses and current home in assisted living were always filled with computer parts, and later, sound sound systems that he dragged all over to run sound for candidates.
He is survived by 3 children, James, Susan, & Cindy and many family and friends who loved him for the truly unique individual he was. He was immensely proud of his children and would wax on to anyone who would listen about their accomplishments (to their dismay).
If you would like to do something in his memory, his children ask that you do one thing for your health that you’ve been putting off, or donate to a cause that you are passionate about — perhaps support your favorite candidate, or donate to girlswhocode.com, usitt.org, or wck.org.
We also encourage you to share favorite/funny stories and photos on his Facebook page and below in the comments: https://www.facebook.com/james.southworth.77