James Torcaso

James Torcaso

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – James Lewis Torcaso (formerly of Champaign) died at his home in Knoxville, Tenn., on Oct. 29, 2013.

He was born Oct. 21, 1926, in Chicago, the son of James Franklin Torcaso and Florence (Bartley) Torcaso.

He is survived by his daughter, Lilli Rouleau, and grandchildren, August "Gus," Margaret "Maggie" and Cullen Rouleau, all of La Canada, Calif.; a sister, Mildred L. Barnett of Urbana; nephews, Mark Barnett of Champaign, Jim Barnett of Kalamazoo, Mich., and John Barnett of Coldwater, Ohio; and nieces, Rachel Kruidenier of Solsberry, Ind., and Sarah Nemeth of Sadorus.

Jim was a 1943 graduate of Champaign High School. He attended the University of Illinois and graduated from the University of California-San Francisco with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Among his places of employment were Askaina Regulator Company, Rockwell Manufacturing Co. and Pioneer Services and Engineering, all of Chicago. He also was associated with Bechtel Power Corporation in San Francisco as a Senior Control Systems Engineer, Perry Nuclear Power Plant, Perry, Ohio, and the Tennessee Valley Authority (Knoxville, Tenn.), where he was a Mechanical Engineer for the Control and Instrumentation Systems.

He was a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio and Pennsylvania and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Instrument Society of America and the American Nuclear Society.

Jim had a lifelong fascination with wheels and all things mechanical, including planes, trains, automobiles and, especially, motorcycles. He particularly enjoyed riding his motorcycles across the country and rode the mechanized two-wheelers (Ducati, Harley and BMW) well into his 80s.

He will be buried in the Monticello Township Cemetery at the Bartley Family gravesite.

Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.