OB Legend Jimmy Marudas Has Passed

by on August 4, 2021 · 9 comments

in Ocean Beach

Jimmy Marudas and OB Spaceman in an undated photo.

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Eric DuVall August 5, 2021 at 8:00 am

Photo by Steve Rowell from OB in the ’60s.

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Geoff Page August 5, 2021 at 7:23 pm

I’m gonna miss seeing Marudas on his daily collection trips around the neighborhood. He lived a half block from me since I got my place in 1987. I remember him stopping and talking with me one day when I was working on the front yard. He was obviously a little off but not completely. I remember how he seemed to shrink back some when my wife came out. I heard later that he had a fear of women because of how he was raised. No idea if it was true but I did see his reaction. We saw upheaval in his life many times, lots of lowlifes took advantage of him. But, Jimmy soldiered on collecting his antennas and bringing them home.

It’s people like Marudas who make up the character of OB and when we lose one, like the Spaceman, it feels like an empty hole in the fabric. I hope wherever he is that there are antennas as far as the eye can see. Rest in peace, Jimmy.

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Paul Webb August 6, 2021 at 9:31 am

Yes, he did seem to have a fear of women, and also of anyone who wore glasses. I remember him trying to convince me into getting laser surgery for vision correction. When told him I couldn’t afford it at that time, he (wisely) pointed out the value of good vision.

That said, he was probably a lot easier to take as the occasional character in the fabric of OB than he was as a close neighbor. Those lowlifes that took advantage of him caused us a lot or problems over the years – drug sales, trash and other nuisances, shooting pellet guns at passing cars, you name it.

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marc johnson August 6, 2021 at 2:43 pm

When I lived on the 4600 block of Voltaire St Jimmy helped me install a outdoor anntena in the early 80s. Very helpful . RIP Jimmy.

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Geoff Page August 6, 2021 at 10:02 am

Yea, I’m not trying to minimize how victimized he was over the years and the crap that went on there, I’m as close as you are to his place, my friend, But, through it all, Jimmy continued on, a mentally deficient adult who would have been homeless were it not for his inheritance. I just wanted to focus on him as a person, what went on around him was not him. .

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marc johnson August 6, 2021 at 2:02 pm

He was Grand marshall at the OB Christmas parade.

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Angel August 7, 2021 at 9:19 am

I first met Jimmy when I was 11, in 1981. My neighbor girl told me he was just a harmless guy who rode his bike around , picking thru dumpsters. I took that to heart , and made sure to say hello to him or wave whenever I saw him. He did not reciprocate, lol. He would run away or ride off, talking about “risky business!! ” I’m glad I as always friendly to him, and I hated it when his house was taken over by the thugs that I called friends. It makes me so proud of my ocean beach community when I see the love being shown here and on Facebook for what others might call a bum of a problem. We embraced him, and watched out for him. That’s why I’m an obeachian forever!!! Rest in peace, Jimmy!!! I wonder if spaceman came and picked him up?

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Michael Stewart August 25, 2021 at 6:55 pm

So ???? Where’s the story (obit) about this true OB Legend ????

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Frank Gormlie August 25, 2021 at 8:33 pm

Hey Michael! Long time! We’re waiting for someone to emerge from the shadows and write it.

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