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James A. Toward

Posted By Vanessa.Valdez On October 30, 2013 @ 8:06 pm In Obituaries | No Comments

In Memorial

James “Jim” Alexander Toward passed away quietly on October
28, 2013 in Phoenix. No public services are planned.

Jim was born in Toronto, Canada on November 29, 1931. During
his youth, he was an active, accomplished athlete who excelled in baseball and other
sports. He met his future wife Barbara, a British citizen, while she was
visiting Toronto. Jim and Barbara married in 1958 and, seized by a sense of
adventure, set off for the United States in 1961. Their originally planned
destination was California, but, during a stop in Arizona, they fell in love
with the desert and quaintness of Phoenix, then a small city.

Jim initially found work in the electronics industry and
Barbara with a local magazine publisher. Sensing a market opportunity among
Arizona’s growing technology manufacturers, Jim opened his own business, Toward
Engineering, in 1968. He later changed the company’s name to Comp Devices, LLC.
Jim worked with a who’s who of Arizona tech manufacturers, including Honeywell,
Motorola and General Dynamics, until his retirement in 2011. Jim and his family
were long-time members of the Arizona Country Club where he indulged his love
for tennis.

Jim’s wife Barbara passed away in December 2010. Jim and
Barbara are survived by their two adult children, James Randall Toward and
Christopher David Toward, and his sister Betty, who still lives in the Toronto

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