James “Diamond Jim” Lawrence Swingholm

March 28, 1929 - October 12, 2020

James “Diamond Jim” Lawrence Swingholm, 91, a resident of Fort Myers Beach, FL for the past 25 years, formerly of Lyons, IL, passed away Monday, October 12, 2020 in Fort Myers. He was born March 28, 1929 in Omaha, NE to Ralph and Bessie Swingholm, now deceased.

James was of the Christian faith and served in the United States Navy. He attended Morton East High School in Berwyn IL and worked for the Illinois Bell Telephone Company for many years. He retired to Fort Myers Beach Fla over 30 years ago and spent his days fishing or metal detecting on the beach. Most days you could find him on the Fort Myers Beach pier at 6:00 AM fishing or helping others to catch fish.   

He is survived by three children, Lawrence Swingholm (Peggy) of Collierville, TN, Edward Swingholm of Cape Coral, FL, and Ruth Ann Martinson (Lee) of Southlake TX; brother, Ralph Swingholm (Frances) of Cape Coral; seven grandchildren; as well as seven great grandchildren.

A private Celebration of Life was held at Bonita Bills Waterfront Café on San Carlos Island Fla. for family and close friends.

Memorial Contributions in memory of James “Diamond Jim” Swingholm are welcomed by the family to The Shriners Hospital for Children   https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/shc

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Alyssa Wyble and family Oct 29, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Bon Voyage, Uncle Jim. You will be missed. Great memories of boating, fishing for catfish by the shrimp boats, the Chinese buffet, ketchup on everything in earlier days, eating whole onions like an apple, just chatting about fishing and metal detecting. Love you lots!

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