James  Welsman Napier



James “Jim” Welsman Napier, lovingly known as “Sukoshi, Jimmy, Nape, Pro, Daddy-O, Daddyyyyyyyy, My Brother, Uncle Jimmy, Schweetie and Bim Bim”, 65, of Germantown, MD passed away on March 16, 2020 surrounded by his family. Jim was the loving husband to Patricia A. Spino Napier.

Born on June 2, 1954, in Corona, CA he was the first son of the late Captain Edward Dankey Napier and Catherine Jackson Napier. He is survived by his wife and sons; Edward Michael Napier and Erik Alexander Napier, one sister; Christine Napier Louder (Daryl), two brothers; Joseph Jackson Napier, David Harrison Napier, and his beloved nieces and nephews; Matthew Woodard (Catherine), Amanda DePlour (Aleksander), Dana Woodard, Dolan Napier, Ian Napier,  Rowan Napier, Kristina Keefe (Greg), Matthew Smith and Robert Spino; and one Great Nephew; Nicholas R. Keefe. His expecting niece, Amanda, announced that her son would honor Jim with his name. He will be greatly missed by many friends, extended family and his Miniature Schnauzers, Greta (Garbo) and Heidi (Ho). He will be united with his loving family and his beloved pets; his “forever dog” Sukoshi, and Purty and Ashes.

Jim began working at Bretton Woods in 1972. He was awarded PGA membership in 1978 and became Head Professional in 1989. For 48 years he dedicated his life to the members and staff at Bretton Woods. Over that time, he introduced hundreds, if not thousands to “the game of a lifetime”. He conceived of and led many members on golf trips to Maine, Myrtle Beach, Williamsburg and Orlando. These trips fostered relationships and stories that will last a lifetime. 

Jim was an avid hunter and belonged to Izaak Walton League for many years. He especially enjoyed hunting and hours of banter with his dear friend Abe.

Jim was all about family. He made his father proud by becoming the patriarch of his family for the last 22 years. He continued many family traditions such as the annual family trip to Capon Springs & Farms, hosting holiday and family birthday parties, and his love of golf was shared with his family. Like his father, Jim’s greatest role in life was the role of father to his sons. His fatherly influence did not end with his two sons, he shared his fatherly love, devotion, and advice with all his nieces and nephews.

Jim was one of a kind. His prankster behavior was evident in every photo and his kind heart was evident in his infectious smile. He loved to play jokes on friends and colleagues, he loved people, lobsters, popcorn, blueberry pie and his dogs. Jim lived life every day.

A Celebration of Life will be held for friends and family at a later date at Bretton Woods Recreation Center, Inc.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to:

The First Tee Of Greater Washington DC  

2020 Penn. Ave. NW, #106

Washington, DC 20006

Arrangements were made by Hilton Funeral Home.




Patti, David and I both knew Jim through our golf lessons with him. Jim gave me my first lesson in putting, and I went on to win a longest putt award at a business outing, not too long after the lesson. Always enjoyed his friendliness and warm smile. Jim will be dearly missed at BWRC. Anne and David Menotti

From:  Anne M. Menotti

Patti, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. I had no idea Jim was I’ll. It feels like I saw him not so long ago. I will always think of him with great fondness. Lourdes

From:  Lourdes Posada

I am so shocked and saddened by the unexpected news. My deepest condolences to the family. Jim had introduced me to golf in 2015 when I returned from Japan and had been in the middle of my divorce case. I remember the first time I called him and he was so sure I would pursue golf as a new hobby. A weekly golf lesson with Jim was so much fun and kept my sanity while going through the divorce. Occasionally, my two girls joined my practice and they still fondly remember that Jim was kind to pick us up on the golf cart. He also introduced us to Ms. Lagarde who was also his golf student. We will miss Jim so much. BWRC golf course would not be the same without Jim!

From:  Yuko Kinoshita

My husband Thomas Gibson and our family joined Bretton Woods in 1970 just before Jim started...so Jim always was there. When I started playing golf late in life Tom told me to take a lesson from Jim - Jim told me not to come back until I could hit the ground! Jim always seemed to have time for people - I will remember him fondly and I send my thoughts to his extended family. We will miss him.

From:  Jannes J Gibson

Dear Paddy and Jim's family, I was very saddened to receive the news of Jim's passing. He was such a vibrant person it is hard to believe we do not have him with us anymore. He was a kind man with a subtle sense of humor and excellent dealing with BWRC's members. It was always a joy to see him sitting in his office or out and about when one arrived at the club. It is not going to be the same without him. Take care and stay safe during this difficult time. Best wishes Margaret Kelly and Haleem Tahir

From:  Margaret R Kelly

My sincerest condolences to the Napier family. I am sure he is smiling in the big golf course above, and enjoying the rest and peace. Jim was a very generous man. He always stopped and listen to my stories no matter what the activity at hand for him. He always asked about my family. You will be missed. Enjoy your rounds!

From:  Aun Mohammad

Jim helped me plan my first golf outing for the Professional Women in Construction at Bretton Woods in 2007. Since that day, we became friends. We shared jokes, discussed politics and he finally convinced me to join the Bretton Woods. I was pondering the decision and he said, 'Sometimes you just need to pull the trigger'. He was an inspiration in so many ways. I will dearly miss him and I his spirits will always be on the golf course. Jim - Give them hell up there. Vie

From:  Vinesha Clark

 My dear friend, Please rest in peace. My wife and I have our excellent memories of you also during during golf trips. You thought me to play golf. But you thought me many more things, like patience, good humor, that things are relative, friendships, and the proper way of eating lobster, for a European, where we eat these things cutlery. I wish you cured my slice, but every time I am on T number 1 I will think about you. Your life was exemplary and an inspiration for many. To Patti and family I offer my condolences, he will live in my memory and every time I think about him, I will smile and remember the good things. Like we say here, adieu mon ami.

From:  Bert E Keuppens

My condolences to the Napier family and friends. Jim was a great inspiration and mentor during my growing up years at Breton Woods. They’ll never be another one quite like the Nape! Rest In Peace.

From:  Bob Morse

Enjoyed and appreciated his advice and friendship over many, many years at Bretton Woods. Have been cheering him in his last battle. Will miss him greatly. My deepest condolences to Jim’s family.

From:  Martin Herman

 I really can’t believe that jimmy has gone home with Jesus.He laid his cross down.jimmy you will never be forgotten and we all carry special memories and love in our heart’s. Jimmy we will meet again.love you always and forever. May you Rest In Peace god bless you always and forever

From:  Herbert Wilkerson jr

Sincere condolences to Jim's family and friends. He was a true friend of the BWRC community. His passion was to get everyone to enjoy golf. We have lost a friend and true professional. He will be sorely missed.

From: Reza Vaez-Zadeh

To the family, please hold on to your precious memories. Christine, my prayers are with you.

From: Lillie Allen-Peyton

I am very sorry to hear about Jim's passing. My sincerest condolences to the family. Jim made playing golf at Bretton Woods fun and he always made everyone feel welcome there. I really liked his sense of humor and appreciated his kindness through the years. I will miss him.

From: John Gustavo Blair

 I wish to express my deepest condolences for your loss. I will always remember Jim. May the earth rest lightly on him.

From: Alessandro Giustiniani

pro you have been a big influence in my life and will cherish all the good times we had together like the time when you threw me and my bro in the ball cage and sprayed us with water. Pro rest in peace you will never be forgotten. love COUNE!!!!!!

From: ollie

Patty, Erik, Michael, and the entire Napier family. My most sincere condolences to you for the huge loss of Jimmy. I have known Jimmy since I first came to BW as a kid in 1975. I want you to know how much Jimmy meant to me, my father, my kids, and the entire de Lucio family. He enriched all of our lives more than you can imagine!! We loved him and will miss him dearly.

From: Alfonso de Lucio

 Patti, Michael, Erik, and Family Please accept my most deeply felt condolences for your loss. Jim's passing leaves us all more alone, less happy, and remembering the many gifts and advice received. My grand children join me in expressing fond memories and gratefulness for his patience and sense of humor they received as Junior Golfers at BWRC. Big Hug to All, Pedro

From: Pedro N Taborga

My deepest condolences to Jim's family and the broader BWRC family who lost a dear family member. He will be truly missed. May he Rest In Peace.

From: Ahmad Sartip

My deepest condolences to Jim’s family. He will be dearly missed at Bretton Woods.

From:  Ray Brooks

This was such a shock to learn this sad news, and our sincere sympathy to the Napier family and to all that were touched by his talents. My husband, Jean-Jacques and I learned the sport of golf under Jim's tutelage at Bretton Woods more than 30 years ago and his instruction made us better players over the years. Gold and Bretton Woods won't be the same.

From:  Pam Glass

We join you in missing a most generous, caring and demanding and so much fun artist in swinging clubs, hitting balls, making friends and reaching out to all. To my coach for life Jim, thank you. Christine and Xavier

From:  Christine and Xavier

Whenever I saw Jim at the golf shop - and I saw him countless times over the course of 38 years - he always greeted me with a smile. He was a man of grace and courteousness. He also endured bad golfers, such as myself, with humor. I will miss him.

From:  Anthony Toft

Dear Patti, Just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss! Jim was someone I looked up to for advice on many things at the club! I could always count on him and that he would be there. I will miss him greatly! Dave

From:  Dave Johnson

Hi Patti, our sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of Jim so prematurely. Jim was very kind to me as coach and we were moving quickly to being friends. He will be missed. MHSRIP

From: Mugore family

 I love you and miss you so much!

From:Patti aka Schweetie

Our heartfelt condolences to the Napier family. Jim was Bretton Woods - he was always smiling, welcoming and thanks to him, all the men in our family became lovers of golf. His passing will leave a huge hole at the club but we will all carry his warm presence in our hearts.

From: Susi Ealami

Our deepest Condolences to Patti, Michael, Eric and family. Nape was such a great man. I had the pleasure of being able to hunt, fish, work and golf with Jim. Nape shared his love of golf and the ability to prank people with my children. Those memories created will last forever. Love, The Gregorio Family

From: Michael Gregorio

My sincere condolences to the Napier family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Arsenio and Maggie Amores

Dear Pati and Family We are very fortunate to have enjoyed as much as we did Jim´s enthusiasm and good humour. We are grateful for having his and your frienship. He is now in the hands of the Lord where many of hope to be. He is happy and fine. We pray for you, Pati and Joe and all his Family. As he always said, and still says, "Big Hug".

From: Álvaro Rengifo Abbad

I am a member at Bretton Woods and saw Jim often there. Jim was to me a caring and outgoing man. He always tried to make the game of golf ️‍♀️ enjoyable to me. I learned much from Jim’s obituary about his family and life. You, his family, are a testimony to the kind of man he was. May the Lord Bless you, his family. May the Lord keep you safe and Jim forever in our memories. God Bless, John and Linda Sillin

From: John Sillin

Hi Patty sorry ,my condolence for the loss. 

From: Fernando Ayala

My sincerest condolences to the Napier family, especially to Michael, Erik, and Patti. I have such fond memories of Jim, especially of his fun-loving, prankster nature. The world lost a great man way too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Michelle and Mark Ford

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Jim. Most sincere condolences to Michael and Erik and the Napier family. RIP, Jim. Love, Kelli

From: Kelli Gray

My thoughts and prayers are with the Napier family and Bretton Woods family. I will always be grateful for Jim and the influence he had on my love for the game of golf. You helped me solidify my love for the game as a young man and your spirit will always be there each time I tee it up!

From: Corey Hassett

We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family.

From: The Hilton Family

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